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Monday, March 27th, 2017

The Martin County Sheriff’s Department made eight arrests and seized more than 13 grams of methamphetamine during an early-morning warrant service in Loogootee last Friday. In the early morning hours of Friday, the Martin County Sheriff’s Department and officers with the Loogootee Police Department, Shoals Town Marshal, and Indiana State Police, served two separate search warrants requested by the Martin County Prosecutor’s Office and issued by the Martin County Circuit Court. The warrants resulted in the following arrests: 40 year old Timothy E. Ervin, of Loogootee, was charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and neglect of a dependent. 18 year old Breanna L. Ervin, of Loogootee, was charged with maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia. 41 year old Jackie Edmondson, of Loogootee, was charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a common nuisance. 38 year old Jonathan W. Dant, of Loogootee, was charged with maintaining a common nuisance. 25 year old Jordan E. Sipes, of Odon, was charged with maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana.

A Lawrence County man was arrested for having methamphetamine by the Mitchell Police Department Sunday. 30 year old Andrew Lawler, of Mitchell, was arrested and charged with possession of meth. He also was issued citations for disregarding a stop sign and driving with a suspended license. The incident occurred just before 7:08 p.m. when an officer noticed Lawler run a stop sign on Dixie Highway. The officer pulled him over and found out he had a suspended license. When the officer took inventory of the vehicle, he found a baggie with a crystal substance that tested positive for meth. Lawler was transported to the Lawrence County Jail a short time later.

A Lawrence County man was injured in a one-vehicle accident and taken to a Bedford area hospital Sunday night. According to police reports, at around 9:23PM 54 year old Thomas Bertolino, of Bedford was driving a 2004 GMC Sierra north on State Road 37 near Art Gallery Road about. He drove off the right side of the road, through a grassy area and into a wooded area. The pickup truck then continued about 300 feet through a wooded area before it came to a stop against a tree. Bertolino, suffered an abrasion to his face and was taken to IU Health Bedford Hospital for treatment.

Friday, March 24th, 2017

A Lawrence County woman was arrested Wednesday and charged with theft after police were called to JayC Plus in Bedford. According to police reports, Bedford Police received a call at 5:39 p.m. Wednesday from the store’s loss and prevention personnel who said they wanted to file charges against an employee. When police arrived, store personnel provided paperwork showing that 51 year old employee Angie Conn of Bedford , had apparently been taking money from the register, wadding it up, dropping it in the trash can and then when she emptied the trash can, taking the money and pocketing it. Conn was arrested by the Bedford Police Department and was booked into the Lawrence County Jail at 6:57 p.m and was released from jail later on Wednesday after posting bond of $505.

Indiana conservation officers are reporting that a 14-year-old boy has died as a result of injuries sustained in an ATV accident Tuesday. Officers report 14 year old Caleb Poehlein, , of Winslow lost control of his ATV and hit a small ditch Tuesday afternoon. They say his ATV went airborne, hit a tree and landed upside down. Police say Poehlein had just passed another ATV operated by a 15-year-old Winslow boy when he lost control. The other boy was a witness to the accident, but was not involved or injured, police report. Multiple 911 calls were received, police say, with the first recorded at 2:41 pm. Poehlein was taken from the scene by ambulance to Jasper Memorial Hospital. The accident occurred on County Road 800 East about one mile north of the County Road 175 South intersection.  Police say Poehlein was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Responding agencies included Jefferson Township Fire Department, Pike County Sheriff's Department, Pike County EMS, and Indiana Conservation Officers.

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

At 12:50 A.M. this/Thursday morning, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of shots being fired inside and outside of the residence at 1328 North Depot Hill Road in Marengo. 
A Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived at the home and was met with shotgun rounds being fired directly at a tree he was using for cover.  64 year old Bruce Byerly, had fired shotgun rounds inside his home and at his own vehicle, and after firing at the deputy was refusing to come outside. Troopers with the Indiana State Police, as well as ISP SWAT units and Hostage Crisis Negotiators arrived shortly after.  For the next four hours, negotiators tried speaking with Byerly, asking him to come outside peacefully.  At 5:48 A.M., Byerly walked out the front door and was taken into custody by SWAT officers. Byerly was arrested on preliminary charges of Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm and was booked into the Crawford County Jail.  The case remains under investigation by Indiana State Police detectives.

On Tuesday March 21, at approximately 3:15pm Trooper Mark LaMaster stopped a commercial semi-tractor and trailer traveling I-65 northbound near the 13 mile marker for a traffic violation and conducted a commercial motor vehicle inspection.  While speaking with the driver and passenger Trooper LaMaster observed indicators and behaviors which lead him to call for Sellersburg’s   K9 Hander, Trooper Nathan Abbot, and K9 “Teague” to assist in the traffic stop.   Trooper Abbott deployed his Narcotics certified K9 which alerted on the vehicle. Following a search of both occupants and the truck, the passenger, 51 year old Antoinette Willman, of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine, marijuana and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia. The driver, 60 year old Louis Thacker, of Greensburg, Kentucky, did not possess a valid commercial driver’s license or medical certificate allowing operation of a commercial motor vehicle. Willman was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 felony; Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Class B Misdemeanor; and Visiting a Common Nuisance, Class B Misdemeanor. Willman was transported to the Clark County Jail and is being held on a $10,000 cash bond.  Thacker was cited for No Valid Commercial Driver’s License.  The truck was loaded with over 30,000 pounds of freight at the time of the stop.  Both the truck and trailer were impounded until a qualified driver could be obtained.  

A Washington County man was arrested on a warrant Monday stemming from a vehicle pursuit earlier this month. 45 year old Frankie E. Batchelor, of Campbellsburg, was wanted on a warrant for possession of methamphetamine, resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness and maintaining a common nuisance. He also was wanted on a warrant for motion to revoke probation. According to police, on March 8 at 3:35 p.m., three Lawrence County Police Department detectives went to a home in the 2700 block of R Street in Bedford to talk to Batchelor about an investigation. When police arrived, they noticed a white four-door car parked in front of the home. One of the detectives walked to the passenger side door to see who was inside. The detective observed a driver holding up a hypodermic needle,. Also noticed was a spoon on his lap, and there was white powdery residue on the spoon that appeared to be meth. The man, who the officer identified as Batchelor, immediately put the vehicle in gear after the detective identified himself. He accelerated forward and made an immediate turn toward the detective with the vehicle, causing him to jump out of the way. Batchelor drove away recklessly at a high rate of speed. A short vehicle pursuit ensued, but police lost sight of the car on R Street near Washington Avenue. A few minutes later, they found the vehicle abandoned behind the old Pappa’s building. During inventory of the vehicle, police located a spoon with a white powdery substance and small metal box containing a white crystal substance. Both substances field tested positive for methamphetamine. Police also found a digital scale. Batchelor was booked into the Lawrence County jail at 2:43 p.m. Monday.

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Indiana has endured 32 tornadoes since August of last year. As a part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging Hoosiers to take steps to prepare for tornadoes and participate in the statewide tornado drill today.   The drills will be at 10:10 a.m. and 7:35 p.m. A test of the Emergency Alert System will sound both in the morning and evening on commercial radio, television networks and all-hazard radios.  Although Indiana has experienced a rash of tornadoes in the last nine months, the statewide tornado drill brings to attention that March, April and May are Indiana's most severe tornado months. The statewide drills provide an excellent opportunity for families, schools and businesses to practice their weather safety action plan.

Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana (SNSI) announced it has received funding from the ASPCA to cover the cost of 80 spay/neuter surgeries in eight communities across the state including Springs Valley Pet Services in French Lick. "In 2016, the Indiana Legislature unanimously passed a new law to require shelters and rescues to spay/neuter animals prior to adoption, but many of Indiana's municipal shelters and non-profit rescue groups simply cannot pay for all of these surgeries, so additional funding is needed   This funding will save these organizations hundreds of dollars, allowing them to care for more animals than they could otherwise afford.  Eight Indiana animal welfare organizations will benefit from these life-saving certificates that will ensure cats and dogs are fixed prior to adoption. Spaying/neutering before adoption ensures no unwanted litters and reduces shelter overpopulation.

According to the Dubois County Free Press, Jasper’s JCPenney store located in the Jasper Manor Shopping Center is one of 138 slated to close in the United States and one of five closing in Indiana.  Approximately 5,000 positions nationwide will be impacted by the store closures, most of which will occur in June. JCPenney is in the process of identifying relocation opportunities within the Company for esteemed leaders. Additionally, JCPenney will provide outplacement support services for those eligible associates who will be leaving the Company. Most affected stores will begin the liquidation process on April 17.   Company officials say the decision to close stores will allow us to raise the overall brand standard of the Company and allocate capital more efficiently. 

Monday, March 20th, 2017

An Orange County man had to be extricated from his vehicle after it left the road Saturday and struck a garage at 2007 Dixie Highway. According to a Lawrence County Police Department accident report states at round 7:25 p.m.54 year old Norman Holt of Orleans was southbound on State Road 37 in a 2007 Kia Sportage. The vehicle left the highway about 500 feet north of Wesley Chapel Road, crossing the northbound lanes of State Road 37 before crashing through an Indiana Department of Transportation barrier fence, then crossing a large culvert and onto the Dixie Highway property where the vehicle hit the west wall of a garage owned by John Nolan. Holt suffered bruises to his head and was transported by ambulance to a Bloomington hospital.Holt was wearing a seat belt, and the airbag deployed during the accident.

A Lawrence County man suffered what a Bedford Police Department report described as incapacitating injuries in a traffic accident Sunday. According to Lawrence County Police report, at 5:05 p.m. 44 year old Glenn Catlett of Bedford was traveling south on X Street near John Williams Boulevard in Bedford. He told police he didn’t know what happened. His 2004 Ford Ranger pickup truck ended up crossing all four travel lanes of John Williams Boulevard and going over an embankment. Catlett suffered severe bleeding from his head. Catlett was wearing a seat belt.

A Monday morning warrant service on an Evansville woman in Huntingburg turned up a little more than just the wanted female. At 9:40 A.M. this morning, Trooper Brock Werne attempted to serve a Vanderburgh County warrant on 43 year old Barbara Lankford of Evansville.  Werne’s information was that Lankford worked at Farbest Foods in Huntingburg.  After arriving at Farbest and speaking with staff members, it was found that Lankford was in possession of methamphetamine while at work. Lankford was placed into custody on the Vanderburgh County warrant as well as the methamphetamine charges t hrough Dubois County.  She was booked in to t he Dubois County Jail .

Friday, March 16th, 2017

A Jasper woman suffered minor injuries Wednesday morning when an Indianapolis-area man ran a stop sign on 7th St. and struck a passing SUV pushing it onto its side.
According to police, 55 year old Timothy Lowe, of Carmel, was eastbound on 7th St. in a 2012 Ford Edge when he ran the stop sign at the intersection with Mill St at about 8:45 a.m. Lowe’s Ford crashed into the driver’s side of a passing 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by 51 year old Anita Ackerman, of Jasper. Lowe told police he did not see the stop sign at the intersection. Ackerman’s Tahoe spun around and came to rest on its passenger side on Mill St. just north of the intersection. Once crews removed Ackerman from the Tahoe, she was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital for complaints of head and neck pain. Lowe told police he did not see the stop sign at the intersection. He was cited for disregarding the stop sign. Lowe’s Ford had about $15,000 in damages and the Tahoe was considered a total loss according to police.

A Monday morning warrant service on an Evansville woman in Huntingburg turned up a little more than just the wanted female. At 9:40 A.M. this morning, Trooper Brock Werne (Were-Knee) attempted to serve a Vanderburgh County warrant on 43 year old Barbara Lankford of Evansville.  Werne’s information was that Lankford worked at Farbest Foods in Huntingburg.  After arriving at Farbest and speaking with staff members, it was found that Lankford was in possession of methamphetamine while at work.
 
Lankford was placed into custody on the Vanderburgh County warrant as well as the methamphetamine charges t hrough Dubois County.  She was booked in to t he Dubois County Jail .


An autopsy conducted Wednesday morning was unable to identify the burned body found inside a burned mobile home on South Teresa Street in Salem Tuesday night. In addition, the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville could not determine the cause of death, according to a press release from the Indiana State Police Sellersburg post. Further tests will be conducted to determine the victim’s identity and cause of death. 28 year old Joshua Risinger, was charged with murder and arson in connection with the case. Risinger, owner of the mobile home at 221 S. Teresa St., was found at the scene and interviewed by ISP detectives and is being held at the Washington County jail.

According to David Byers, owner of Applacres orchard and farm market south of Bedford, he remains unsure about the amount of damage his fruit crop took on Tuesday night when temperatures dipped below freezing, but is fairly confident that they will still have peaches and apples from his orchard to sell later this year. “I don’t know the extent of the damage just yet,” Byers said Wednesday morning, and “I’m not as worried about the apples at this stage as I am the peaches. The peaches are a little further along in the bud/blooming process. The apples are still in tight buds.” Byers said he recorded a low temperature of 16 in the orchard and 18 at the market early Wednesday morning. Byers said peach blossoms have begun showing some color, either red, meaning still tight, to full pink, meaning the buds are open. He said there were a few open blooms in the orchard, but not many. Byers said the up and down temperatures the area is experiencing has helped to keep the buds from progressing.

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Late Tuesday evening, around 7pm,  a fire was reported to the Salem City Fire Department. The fire was located at 221 Teresa Street in Salem. After the fire was extinguished, a burned human body was located inside of the mobile home. The Salem City Police Department was at the scene and requested Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigators and Indiana State Police Detectives to assist at the scene. The owner of the residence, Joshua B. Risinger, was located at the scene and was interviewed by Indiana State Police Detectives.  The resulting information gathered from Joshua B. Risinger resulted in his arrest for Murder and Arson.   The victim that was located inside of the mobile home has not yet been identified. An autopsy will be performed by the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville, KY this morning to determine the cause of death and the identity of the victim.   28 year old Joshua Brandon Risinger,  of South Teresa Street in Salem was incarcerated at the Washington County Jail awaiting his first court  appearance.   Police believe foul play is involved.   
                      
The week of March 19th – 25th is designted Severe Weather Preparedness Week throughout the state of Indiana
.  A statewide tornado exercise will be held on Tuesday, March 21st. There will be two tornado exercises.  The first between 10am and 10:30am (EDT), the second between 7:30 and 8pm (EDT).  Both exercises will be initiated kby a “Test-Tornado Warning” announcement. 

A Columbus man is in custody for walking down a busy highway completely naked,  after trying to break into a random garage.  26 year old Sterling Wessel was arrested last Friday while naked and yelling gibberish in front of Kroger on US 31.  Wessel resisted arrest and was taken to a hospital and checked out before being jailed.  

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

At 9:52 a.m. Monday, the Daviess County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call from a resident in rural Odon. The caller reported that a man had entered her home through the basement, and that she and her eight children had locked themselves into a bedroom.  Master Trooper Gaven Wilson heard the call being dispatched and responded immediately.   Within five minutes, Wilson arrived at the home and was told by two individuals outside that the intruder was in the house.  As Wilson approached the front door, 27-year-old Nicholas Whetstine of Newburgh was walking out of the home. Wilson ordered Whetstine to the ground at gunpoint and placed him in handcuffs on the front porch without incident.  This was the second home on the property that Whetstine had entered Monday morning.   Police say Whetstone had a blood-alcohol level of 0.255 percent.   The woman and eight children inside the home were not hurt.
Whetstine was arrested and taken to the Daviess County Security Center on two felony counts of residential entry and a misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He is being held without bond until his initial court appearance.

Tourism is thriving in Dubois County according to a newly released study by market research firm Rockport Analytics. The study shows visitor spending totaling $82 million, making an 11.7 percent increase from the previous year.  The study compared tourism data from the previous three years. Dubois County grew from $65 million to $73.2 million, a 12.7 percent increase over the previous year.  Dubois County growth is outpacing the overall state data. The data shows that 73 cents of every one dollar spent on tourism stayed in the local economy.  Dubois County ranks the following out of 92 counties: 14th in tourism sales per capita; 24th in regional spending by visitors and 29th in regional spending growth

A teen was slightly injured on Friday when the golf cart he was in was hit by a Jeep.  The accident happened around 3 p.m. Friday on the Odon/Cannelburg Road.   The 13-year-old was driving north in the buggy lane and attempted to turn left onto County Road 550 North. The teen told police that he looked in his mirror, but the sun was glaring and he did not see the Jeep approaching from the north.   The Golf cart was hit by The 2008 Jeep Cherokee , driven by 50-year-old Mary Knepp. As it turned into the path of the Jeep.  The teen suffered shoulder and ankle pain in addition to a cut to the face. He was taken to the hospital by private vehicle. Knepp was not injured during the incident. 

Monday, March 13th, 2017

At least one person was hurt in an accident in Mitchell on Saturday. According to police reports, 66 year old Barbara Abel, of Fishers was driving a 2012 Toyota on State Road 37, about to turn left into McDonald’s. At the same time, 44 year old Ronald Daughtery, of Orleans, was driving north on State Road 37. Daughtery told police Abel turned in front of him, and his 2013 GMC pickup truck struck the Toyota. Abel said she turned left from State Road 37 to go to McDonald’s and then couldn’t remember what happened. Abel suffered incapacitating injuries and complained of pain to her entire body. Both drivers were wearing seat belts. The Mitchell Police report indicated two people were injured but no information was provided about a second injured person.

A Lawrence County man was arrested after he knocked down a woman blocking her door and entered her house Friday afternoon. Reports say, Lawrence County Police arrested 30 year-old Jeffery Ketchem of Springville on charges of residential entry, possession of meth and battery and he was booked into the jail a 3:54 p.m. According to Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham, police received a 911 call at 2:53 p.m. from a woman in the 1880 block of Pleasant Run Road, who said a male she did not know had forced his way into her home. The male left before police arrived and officers got a second call saying Ketchem was in the 1920 block of Pleasant Run Road and was knocking on doors and windows wanting residents to let him in. Officers then found him hiding behind a gas tank. Police determined Ketchem was wanted on a warrant out of Monroe County and arrested him. After a search, they located needles, alcohol swab, spoons and a clear baggie that contained a white-crystal substance that tested positive for Methamphetamine. Ketchem told police he had been at a friend's house down the road and had gotten into an argument with his friend's father or uncle.He was charged with residential entry, and battery after knocking the woman down with the door when he forced his way into her home. The woman did not suffer any serious injuries during the incident. Upon arrival at the jail, jail officers found a second baggie that contained a white-powdery substance which also tested positive for meth. Total of the two baggies contained 1 gram of meth.

The remaining debris removal locations in Dubois County at the Mike Dick Residence, 7251 W 200 N, Jasper, IN and Scott Vollmer Farm, 8483 W 150 N, Jasper, IN will close March 15 th. They were made available as temporary locations for residents affected by the tornado that passed through portions of Dubois County on March 1.

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Orange County REMC lineworker Robert E. White will join a crew of 15 other Indiana electric cooperative linemen traveling to Guatemala in mid-March as part of an international initiative to bring electricity to a developing area in Guatemala. “Project Indiana: Empowering Global Communities for a Better Tomorrow” will bring electricity to a part of the Central American country where none is available. The crew will spend the second half of March electrifying the village of El Zapotillo (in Cuilco, Huehuetenango). When completed, approximately 50 homes, a school, a clinic and a church will have electricity for the first time. White joined Orange County REMC in August of 2006 as an Groundman. He became a Journeyman Lineman in 2012. This is the Indiana electric cooperatives’ third trip to Guatemala. In August 2012, 28 Hoosier lineworkers from 17 of Indiana’s electric cooperatives, including two from Orange County REMC, spent four weeks working across the mountainous terrain to construct more than 20 miles of power lines and bring electricity to three villages. In April 2015, 14 lineworkers battled extreme heat and the rugged land to string 11 miles of wire to connect 76 poles across 2,500 feet of mountains. 

A jury convicted a Bloomington man in the death of two-month-old Kenya Roase Smith-Barton. The baby died Sunday, May 29, 2016 after medical personnel attempted for more than 45 minutes to revive the baby in the emergency room at IU Health Hospital Bloomington .According to a forensic pathologist, the baby suffered two fractures to the back of her skull and subdural hemorrhaging of the brain caused from blunt force trauma to her head. On Wednesday, the jury convicted 34-year-old Robierre Jomo Kenya McNiel on felony charges of aggravated battery and neglect of a dependent in the death of his infant daughter. Both charges carry a sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison. McNiel will be sentenced on April 10th. McNeil testified that he did not hurt the baby, but that he fell down while holding the baby. McNeil told police that he blamed himself for his daughter's death, but told police that he did not kill her. Police say McNeil failed to physically check on Kenya, did not get her medical care when he thought she was having trouble breathing and left her in a swing without feeding her for more than 7 hours.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources restocked Spring Mill Lake with 751 rainbow trout on Monday, March 6th.   The trout were raised from fingerlings at Curtis Creek Trout Station, near Howe in northern Indiana. They were then transferred to DNR's East Fork Hatchery near Montgomery in Daviess County before being brought to Spring Mill.  The trout are about two years old and between 9.1 to 12.9 inches in length and between 1 to 1.5 pounds.  Fisherman will have to purchase a trout stamp - an extra $11 - over the cost of a regular Indiana fishing license. They will also have to report how many fish they caught and released as well as any they harvest. This will allow DNR officials to determine how well the fish are doing and to determine if continued stocking is worthwhile.  The lake at Spring Mill State Park has not been stocked with trout since 2006 because the lake accumulated years of soil, organic material and debris that washed into the lake from its three tributaries and 9,600-acre watershed. Over time, the accumulated material has reduced the capacity of the lake to support recreational activities and aquatic wildlife. In April 2015 officials began dredging the lake. Now the average depth is 8-10 feet.  Officials are working on a boat ramp and hope in the near future to offer boat rental which will include johnboats for fishing, paddle boats, canoes and kayaks. There will also be fishing docks and fishing education programs offered at the park.  Spring Mill will host a free fishing day on April 15 at the Lakeview Activity Center. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

An Ireland resident was struck and killed by a vehicle in Ireland Tuesday afternoon.  83 year old Morris Weidenbenner, 83, was found by police lying in the roadway at the intersection of State Road 56 and County Road 550W  just before 3pm.   He had been struck by a Chevrolet Silverado C1500 truck driven by 59 year old David W. Hill, of Petersburg, that was traveling west on State Road 56,   Hill told police he saw the Weidenbenner and attempted to avoid striking him but was unable to miss him.  After speaking with witnesses, police determined that the crash appeared to have occurred with no fault to Hill, the driver of the truck. Police said Weidenbenner appeared to be crossing the road when he was struck .

Police believe a medical issue caused a four-vehicle crash and sent one driver to the hospital Tuesday evening in Dubois County.  According to police, Allison D. Deno, 34, of Huntingburg, was northbound in a 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette on U.S. 231 approaching the 12th Ave. when she struck the rear bumper of a 2017 Toyota Rav4 driven by Kristine Harbison, 57, of Huntingburg. Harbison told police, Deno then passed her vehicle using the shoulder of the road.   Deno’s vehicle then traveled about 2,100 feet before it crossed the centerline and struck the front driver’s side door of a southbound 2013 Volkswagon Passat driven by Jerry M. Crow, 70, of Evansville. Crow’s vehicle spun into the northbound lane coming to rest facing north near the shoulder.  Deno’s vehicle then struck the driver’s side door of a 2017 Subaru Outback driven by Connie J. Bennet, 69, of Huntingburg, that was traveling southbound behind Crow’s Passat. The Subaru spun out of control and ended up in a ditch on the west side of U.S. 231 also facing north.  Deno’s vehicle continued off the west side of the highway into a grass field near Jasper Electric Motors before coming to a stop.  Bennet was taken to Memorial Hospital by ambulance for a complaint of shoulder pain.  Police reported Deno suffered a medical issue causing the incident to occur. She was cited for following too closely to avoid an accident and leaving the scene of an accident.

Lawrence County Police are warning residents of an increase in residential burglaries in situations  where the homeowner has passed away.  According to Chief Deputy Aaron Shoults, over the last few weeks detectives have worked at least five such burglaries.  "Within days of the homeowners passing and while the families are focused on funeral arrangements and other family matters the homes are being burglarized by someone who is obviously monitoring local obituary notices, according to  Chief Deputy Shoults  Families can take steps to help prevent these burglaries:  Give the home the appearance that someone is staying there by parking unused vehicles in the drive.  :Leaving lights on inside/outside the residence,   Collect mail from mailboxes. Ask a trusted neighbor to watch the home and report any unusual activity, persons, or vehicles , hat may be in the area, or at the home., and If possible have a family member actually stay at the residence.  If you have information concerning any criminal activity in Lawrence County you can call the TIP LINE at 812-277- 2020 and leave that information anonymously 

Monday, February 27th, 2017

This past Saturday shortly after 12:30 pm, Trooper Nathan Abbott with his K-9 partner, Teague, initiated a traffic stop for a traffic infraction at State Road 62 and Main Street in New Washington. As the Trooper approached the vehicle, a gold Ford, he saw the driver with his right hand shoved down the back of his pants. As trooper Abbott spoke to the male driver 45 year old DeWayne Smith, Louisville, KY, he could smell an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the passenger compartment of the vehicle.  Trooper Abbott deployed K-9 Teague around the vehicle and obtained a positive alert for the odor of narcotics. A computer check also showed that DeWayne Smith had a protective order against him and the protected person was in the car with him. A search of the vehicle was negative for drugs and/or paraphernalia.  However, once DeWayne Smith was transported to the Clark County Jail where he was being booked for Invasion of Privacy due to the violation of the protective order, approximately 10 Grams of suspected “Crack” Cocaine and suspected Marijuana was located on his person. DeWayne L. Smith was incarcerated on the charges of; Possession of Cocaine Five-Ten Grams, Felony; Trafficking a Controlled Substance with an Inmate, Felony; Invasion of Privacy with a Prior, Felony; Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Felony and Possession of Marijuana, Misdemeanor.

An Dubois County resident was arrested after she flipped the minivan she was driving on State Road 56 Sunday morning. Dubois County Sheriffs Deputies responded to the crash on State Road 56 that occurred about 500 feet west of County Road 500W west of Ireland at 10:10 a.m. Arriving deputies found a 2005 Dodge Caravan overturned in a field off the north side of the highway. The driver, 41-year-old Crickett Grubb, of Otwell, had a minor injury to her leg that did not require medical treatment but she was exhibiting signs of intoxication on the scene. Grubb was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital where a blood test revealed a .18 percent blood alcohol content. She was charged with operating while intoxicated and booked into the Dubois County Jail. The van was considered a total loss. The Dubois County Sheriffs Department was assisted by Ireland First Responders, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, Indiana State Police and a Uebelhor and Sons wrecker.

A two car accident injured one in Bedford Saturday afternoon. According to a Bedford Police Department reports at around 2:40PM Saturday, 20 year old Ariel Weddle of Coal City was driving a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am SE south on Mitchell Road. She told police 25 year old Alexis Flynn of Mitchell driving a 2004 Hyundai Sonata changed lanes but that she didn’t see the Flynn vehicle until it was too late. Flynn was stopped in the left lane waiting to turn left near Charlie’s Fireworks when Weddle’s vehicle struck hers in the rear. Flynn, complained of head pain and was transported by private vehicle to a hospital. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Friday, February 24th, 2017

A Lawrence County woman was injured after she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a Duke Energy utility pole on Thursday afternoon. According to a Lawrence County Police report, 67-year-old Cora Spires of Bedford was driving north on Tunnelton Road, north of South Leatherwood Rd., when her 2008 Pontiac G6 went off the east side of the road, striking mailboxes and then a utility pole snapping it in half. Spires complained of chest pain, but refused medical treatment at the scene, saying she would seek medical treatment on her own.

A 1-year-old girl is dead after her mother backed up her vehicle into her in a Greenwood driveway Thursday afternoon. The Johnson County Sheriff's Department was called to a house near the intersection of Smith Valley and Morgantown Roads around 5:25. The toddler's mother told police she was moving her Dodge Durango SUV so the mechanic working on another vehicle could leave. She put the vehicle in reverse and let it idle down the driveway, hitting the child. Other witnesses told police they thought all the children were in the house.

A woman was taken to the hospital after rollover crash in Evansville this morning.
It happened around 9:30 on Waterworks Road. Police said the woman was driving when she veered off the road and over-corrected, causing her van to rollover. The driver was ejected from the vehicle, and at one point the vehicle was on top of her. Police said it was Good Samaritans who pulled over to help her and rolled the van back on its side to get the woman out. She was taken by ambulance to a hospital, but her condition is unknown.

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Indiana Pastors came before the politicians Monday to ask for help in a wide variety of social ill, including poverty, drug use, suicide and school violence, teen pregnancy and Hib, crumbling families, weakened churches.. ,, and claiming more prayer in schools would help these troubles.  The ministers ask the Indiana House Education Committee to support House Bill 1024, which seeks to prevent public schools from discriminating against students for their religious beliefs and how they express them.  It calls for allowing students to pray aloud and engage in religious activities during school including the creation of a public forum for religion and allowing students to wear clothing and jewelry and other accessories that bear religious messages.  Similar bills have been adopted in Texas, Tennessee and Mississippi. 

Coronary Heart Disease is the most common type of heart disease in the United States.  It's the leading cause of death for both men and women.  And in Indiana, it also tops the list.  In fact, Indiana ranks as one of the top 10 states for heart disease.  Dr. David Goff, Director of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, says the Hoosier State is ranked at number 5 across all states. He says it's West Virginia that takes the top spot.  Goff says there's a reason for that and it's because people in those states tend to smoke cigarettes more often and tend to have lifestyles that are less healthy - pertaining to diet and the level of physical activity.

A change in the sports schedule:  Due to the Eastern Pekin Girls participating In the girls State Basketball Tournament Saturday,  the Valley – Pekin boy’s game has been moved to Thursday from Friday..  Pre-game at 7:15, Tip-off at 7:30pm on Q-100

Monday, February 20th, 2017

A Celestine teen was killed in a single-vehicle crash near Dubois early Sunday morning.  According to an article in the Dubois County Free press, Police were called to the crash on Purdue Farm Road near County Road 475N — near Patoka Lake — at 3:13 a.m.  Officers and first responders arrived on scene and found a male driver deceased.   According to police, the driver, identified as Chad Knies, 17, of 9647 E. State Road 164, Celestine, was operating a 1998 Chevrolet truck westbound on Purdue Farm Road when his vehicle left the roadway to the right in a curve. The vehicle struck an embankment and overturned coming to rest on its top in a field about 50 feet off the roadway.Knies was not wearing his seatbelt and was partially ejected during the crash. There were no other occupants in the vehicle, police said.  It is unknown at this time if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the crash. Toxicology results are pending, police said.  The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department was assisted on scene by Indiana State Police, Dubois First Responders, Memorial Emergency Medical Services, the Dubois County Coroner’s Office and Uebelhor and Sons wrecker service.

Indiana Conservation officers are investigating a boat accident that happened Sunday in Seymour on the White River at the Rockford Dam .  Officers were alerted to the accident just after 2pm. after a report of a boat about to go over the dam with two people inside.  Deputies Joey Francis and Dustin Steward were able to utilize a throw bag to reach the boat and pull it close enough to shore for the two people to get out. The boat then washed over the dam.  According to Indiana Conservation Officer Robert Klakamp, the two occupants were fishing just above the dam when for an unknown reason, they lost power to their trolling motor. The subjects then tried to start their main engine,  bit of failed to run.  Life jackets were in the boat, but were not being worn.   Both occupants were transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour in good condition and treated for mild hypothermia.  Indiana Conservation Officers would like to encourage everyone to wear their life jackets and always be mindful of the dangers when operating near or around any type of dam in Indiana waters.

Thousands of people gathered Saturday night to say goodbye to the two Delphi teens who were murdered this past week.  The crowd remembered 13 year old Abigail Williams and 14 year old Liberty German at Delphi High School as police still comb leads in search of the killer.  The two were dropped off to hike in the area of Monon High Bridge and never returned home… The bodys were found the next day. 

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Jasper police recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested a Jasper woman today. According to authorities, they received a report of a red Chevrolet Lumina that had been stolen from a residence on Jasper’s northside on Feb. 15. Today, officers located a similar car parked in the front lot of the Super 8 Motel, in Jasper at 7:45 a.m. They determined the car was the stolen vehicle they were looking for and 31 year old Vicki Strotman, of Jasper was the person associated with it, and staying in Room 212 of the motel. Officers located and spoke with Strotman, and she allegedly admitted to possessing the vehicle. However, she denied knowing the car was reported stolen. In search of the hotel room, Officers located a hypodermic syringe, drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine. Strotman was taken into custody and lodged at the Dubois County Jail on the charges of auto theft, possession of methamphetamines, possession of a hypodermic syringe, all Level 6 felonies. Ms. Strotman was also charged with possession of paraphernalia a Class A Misdemeanor. Dubois County Child Protective Services also assisted.

Police placed a daughter under arrest after her mother died after a Thursday night accident in which the vehicle they had occupied became submerged in West Boggs Lake. The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department was contacted at 8:30 p.m. with the report of a vehicle accident on Daviess County Road 1200E, south of Daviess County Road 500N, on the west side of West Boggs Lake. Police said the report was that a vehicle was submerged in the lake. Deputies arrived and noticed a subject still inside the vehicle. Deputies immediately went into the water and extracted the passenger, 63 year old Joyce Christmas, of Loogootee. Christmas was transported to Daviess County Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead by the Daviess County Coroner.Her daughter, 39 year old Heather Christmas, of Loogootee, who was out of the vehicle when deputies arrived on the scene, was transported to Daviess County Community Hospital for treatment of injuries. She was placed under arrest by deputies upon her release.The sheriff’s department said Heather Christmas had a blood alcohol content of .25 percent and she was booked into the Daviess County Jail on preliminary charges that include a Level 5 felony count of involuntary manslaughter and counts of operating while intoxicated with a BAC greater that .15 percent and operating under the influence of a controlled substance.An initial investigation found the Christmas vehicle was northbound on Daviess County Road 1200E when, for an unknown reason, it left the roadway and struck several cable barriers. The vehicle did not stop until it was submerged in the lake.The sheriff’s department was assisted by Indiana State Police, the Loogootee Police Department, Southwest Medical, Martin   County Emergency Medical Services, the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department, the Cannelburg Volunteer Fire Department, the Loogootee Volunteer Fire Department and the Odon/Madison Volunteer Fire Department. The crash is still being investigated with the assistance of state police accident reconstructionists.

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Lawrence County and Indiana State Police have released few details about a man who was struck and killed by a vehicle on Wesley Chapel Road and U.S. 50 West Wednesday night. The identity of the victim is not available as of news time. Police say at 11:40 p.m., a motorist reported to Lawrence County Police Department dispatch his vehicle hit a man who was walking in the road. The accident is under investigation. More information will be released later. Indiana State Police, Mitchell Police Department, Lawrence County Police Department, AMR ambulance and Marion Township Rural Fire Department responded.

A possible gun on campus prompted a safety alert at Indiana State University. Reports say a Snapchat video was circulated that showed a college aged female student displaying a handgun. ISU Police said it's believed the background in the video was of a lounge area in one of the residence halls. A check of this area was conducted, but nothing was found.Jasper police recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested a Jasper woman today. According to authorities, they received a report of a red Chevrolet Lumina that had been stolen from a residence on Jasper’s northside on Feb. 15. Today, officers located a similar car parked in the front lot of the Super 8 Motel, in Jasper at 7:45 a.m. They determined the car was the stolen vehicle they were looking for and 31 year old Vicki Strotman, of Jasper was the person associated with it, and staying in Room 212 of the motel. Officers located and spoke with Strotman, and she allegedly admitted to possessing the vehicle. However, she denied knowing the car was reported stolen. In search of the hotel room, Officers located a hypodermic syringe, drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine. Strotman was taken into custody and lodged at the Dubois County Jail on the charges of auto theft, possession of methamphetamines, possession of a hypodermic syringe, all Level 6 felonies. Ms. Strotman was also charged with possession of paraphernalia a Class A Misdemeanor. Dubois County Child Protective Services also assisted.

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort, the award-winning golf destination in Southern Indiana, has been named the 2017 Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA). This marks the first time a Pete Dye designed course has received this honor.  The announcement was made this past week at the NGCOA 2017 Golf Business Conference, held in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, FL.
The NGCOA selected its finalists based on four criteria; quality of golf course, quality of ownership and management, outstanding contributions to the local community, and significant contributions to the game of golf.  The course was also a major factor in the $600 million restoration and casino development project lead by its founder and chief visionary, Bill Cook. The development of the Pete Dye course and the reclamation of French Lick Resort continue to have an enormous economic impact on the town of French Lick. Cook's generosity and vision still provides jobs for nearly 1,700 of the counties 3,000 residents. 

This past Monday evening, Bloomington Police recovered several counterfeit $100 bills on Bloomington's west side.  The first report of possible counterfeit money was reported at 9:20 p.m. At Bucceto's Smiling Teeth, at 350 South Liberty Drive.  Bloomington Police Capt. Steve Kellams says a black man, around 5 foot 9 inches tall in his mid 20's with a teardrop face tattoo purchased around $5 worth of food and paid with a counterfeit $100. The restaurant made change for that bill. The man then told the employee they had just got paid and wanted to know if they could make change for three more $100. The employee did not realize the other three $100 were counterfeit.  About 35 minutes, later police received a call from Mother Bear's Pizza, at 2980 West Whitehall Crossing Boulevard reported they had a similar situation. Police recovered four counterfeit $100 bills which had been changed out for real cash.  Capt. Kellams say police are reviewing security video and the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information about the man is asked to call the Bloomington Police Department at (812) 339-4477 

The first of three scheduled Orange County Third House Sessions being sponsored by the three county chambers of commerce, French Lick/West Baden, Paoli and Orleans is set for Saturday, February 18 at the Orleans Town Hall from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.  The public is welcome to attend.  State Representatives Steve Davisson, Republican, Salem, Lloyd Arnold, Republican, Leavenworth as well as State Senator Erin Houchin, Republican, Salem have been invited to participate in dialogues regarding the current Indiana General Assembly.   Robert F. Henderson, Orleans Chamber Executive Director, will moderate.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

A trash fire that went out of control resulted in over 8 acres being burned on Monday.   Firefighters were called to 1558 Motocross Road near Mitchell  at 12:42 p.m. after a report that a control burn was spreading out of control.  Marion Volunteer Fire Department responded with 3 trucks: Squad 55, Squad 54 and Engine 51 and 5 firefighters.  Lt. Dan Horton could see the smoke as firefighters were leaving the station and immediately called for the next closest department's brush apparatus. Shawswick VFD responded with 1 firefighter and 1 tanker.  When firefighters arrived they found the fire had spread to a nearby field.  Lt. Horton determined more help was needed and summoned Orange County Rural District II, who responded with their brush truck, an ATV and six firefighters.  "Wind was a contributing factor in the rapid spread of the fire," Lt. Horton says.  Firefighters were on the scene until 2:47 p.m. 

An Orleans man suffered minor injuries in a rear-end collision on Ind. 37, near Clover Lane.  The accident was reported at 5:18 p.m. Friday.  According to a Lawrence County Police report, 18-year-old Kalin Goller of Orleans was traveling south on Ind. 37 when the engine began to fail in his 1982 Honda CM450, causing the vehicle to suddenly slow down. Police say Goller's car was hit from the rear by a 1999 Ford Explorer driven by 37-year-old Samuel Laster of Williams.  Police say the bumper of Laster's vehicle became wedges between the wheel and fender of Goller's car. The two vehicles came to a complete stop further down the highway.  Goller suffered scrapes to his left elbow and swelling to his right knuckles. He refused medical treatment.   Laster was not injured. 

A Seymour man died Friday night from smoke inhalation after a fire smoldered in his home for hours..  , 68-year-old Patrick Warinner Jr. was found unresponsive in his home on Harrison Drive by a family member who went to check on him and discovered the house on fire.  The fire was electrical in nature and likely started in or beneath a wall  It had smoldered for several hours, there were not a lot of flames because the house was all shut up causing a lack of oxygen to fuel the fire.   Firefighters arrived around 6:45 p.m. were able to extinguish the fire within minutes.  There was no smoke detector in the house and Warinner lived alone. 

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Methamphetamine and hypodermic needles were found during a Sunday afternoon traffic stop on Interstate 64 at the Ferdinand exit.At 3:55 P.M. Sunday,
Trooper Brock Werne was patrolling the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 near the 63 mile marker the Ferdinand exit, when he observed a blue Ford F-150 pickup truck commit numerous traffic violations.  Werne followed the vehicle off of the interstate and onto State Road 162, where he conducted a traffic stop.  While speaking with the driver, 37 year old Bradley Heichelbech of Fort Branch, Werne asked Senior Trooper Robbie Lambert to bring his K-9 partner Diesel to the scene for an open air search.  Diesel gave an indication of narcotics being present inside the vehicle.  While searching the vehicle, Werne located what was believed to be over two ounces of methamphetamine and three hypodermic needles.  Werne also learned that Heichelbech had just used methamphetamine an hour prior to being pulled over. Heichelbech was arrested and lodged, without incident, in the Dubois County Security Center.

The I-69 project that stretches from Bloomington to Martinsville has been delayed and is not expected to be complete until May 2018, said INDOT Monday.
The delay will allow four-lane traffic flow to continue through the Bloomington area, starting in August. INDOT said that the delay will allow the project to be completed with the standard of quality needed.


Friday, February 10th, 2017

Three Lawrence County residents were arrested after drugs were found in a home on Lincoln Avenue Wednesday.
According to police reports,at 2:25 p.m., Bedford Police Department went to a home in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue with a search warrant after they received information there was drug activity in the home. When police arrived at the home, 31 year old David Cobb of Mitchell, and residents of the home 35 year old Cecelia Arrowsling and 26 year old Michael Ritchison were there. Police found a variety of pills without prescriptions and also officers found buprenorphine hydrochloride, naloxone hydrochloride, oxycodone, alprazolam, Lyrica and suboxone. In addition, officers found a baggie containing a crystal substance that tested positive for meth. In addition, police found snort tubes, digital scales and baggies containing meth residue. They also found a gun.Two children, who lived at the home, arrived from school while police were searching the home and the Department of Child Services took care of the children.Cobb, Arrowsling and Ritchison were booked into the Lawrence County jail. Arrowsling’s bond is set at $20,000 surety or $2,005 cash. Cobb and Ritchison have no bond set, because they were out on bond at the time of their arrest.

A Monroe County man arrested Tuesday on drug-dealing charges after police found more than 35 pounds of marijuana and about 1,000 hits of LSD in his house. Police arrested 22-year-old Garett Morley of Bloomington on felony charges of dealing a Schedule I, II or III drug, dealing marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. He is being held in the Monroe County Correctional Center on a $10,000 bond. Morley was arrested after an investigation by the Bloomington Police Department in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Bloomington police said when officers armed with a search warrant entered Morley's home in the 900 block of West Sixth Street, they found him and Morley's 3-year-old daughter inside. Police found 35 one-pound bags of marijuana, 4.3 grams of the drug MDMA, or ecstasy, around 1,000 hits of LSD, more than $20,000 in cash and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

A Lawrence County man was arrested after police were called to a home in the 1700 block of H Street on Tuesday.
According to Bedford Police, officers and medical personnel were called to the home after a family member found 25-year-old Jobie Hacker breathing but unresponsive. Officers were able to revive him, and he was then taken to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital for observation. After being cleared by medical personnel, he was taken to jail. Hacker is facing charges of possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

A two star general with the Indiana National Guard has retired.
  Maj Genn Ivan Denton, who served as commander at Camp Atterbury from 2012-2014, will transition to the US Dept of Labor’s Veteran’s Employment and Training in Washington DC.  A native of Paoli, Denton began his service with the National Guard in 1982.  He has seen combat operations in Panama and Iraq. 

The Hoosier National Forest (NF) has developed an interactive story map featuring the historic buffalo trace as it crosses southern Indiana. The on-line map includes historic sites along the trace.  The new on-line buffalo trace map can be accessed from the front page of the Hoosier NF website at www.fs.usda.gov/main/hoosier/home.  "The map can be used by either people sitting at home wanting to learn more about the buffalo trace, or travelers who want to see historical sites connected to this historical route," said District Ranger Chris Zimmer. He explains the map features sites along the route in every county the buffalo trace goes through.  The sites include historic Native American villages, forts, and trading posts which have long disappeared from the landscape, as well as river crossings where the buffalo forded rivers. Some sites such as the Falls of the Ohio State Park are open to the public and actually interpret the buffalo trace story. Others are just points on a map where you may or may not see remnants of past uses on the landscape. Zimmer points out that many of the sites are on private land and people should respect boundaries and not trespass.  Other map sites are historic structures which were built when the buffalo trace was in use and whose walls may have witnessed early settlers and soldiers traveling on the Trace. Websites for those sites which are open to the public, are linked on the map to give more information to travelers. "Our staff learned a lot putting this together," said Zimmer. "Many county historians and tourism offices shared information to help build this story map, so we have a great collaborative effort." He added, "A story map of this type is a first for the Forest Service in the eastern region, so we broke new ground for our agency putting this together."  Zimmer said the interactive map is just one of many products created by the volunteer group who worked on the Buffalo Trace project. "We wanted as many ways as possible to connect people to this important part of history," said Zimmer.  He mentioned the educational boxes given to schools along the trace, surveying and mapping the trace on the ground, and development of a buffalo trace website as a few of the other successful projects accomplished by the group. For more information on the interactive map or any other questions on the buffalo trace contact the Hoosier NF at (812) 275-5987.

Soil and Water/Orange County Cattlemen Association.will have it’s annual meeting tonight at the Orange County Community Center in Paoli.  Doors open at 6pm,, dinner served at 6:30pm.  Any beef cattle producers are welcome to attend.  If you wish to become a member of the OCCA, membership fee is $10 per farm.  Door prices and awards at the end of the meeting.  Call Paul Vining at the Orange County Extension office for more information at 723-7107 

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

A Bloomfield man has been charged with murder after a man who had been reported missing was found dead. Greene County Sheriff’s Department reports Chase Aliano was reported missing to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department after hadn’t been seen since Jan. 31. Aliano’s father told police the last he knew his son was traveling to Bloomfield to possibly sell firearms to William Abel. Abel told police he fired at Aliano several times and when he approached him on the ground, he was dead. Abel was booked into the Greene County Jail Sunday on a charge of murder.

A 26-year-old Huntingburg woman has pled not guilty to a charge of a dependent causing death. The death has been ruled accidental.  Police arrested Rachelle Childree on February 2 on charges stems from the death of a 2.5 month-old girl in her care last November.  On the afternoon of November 29, police were called to 217 N. Arjem after a report of an unresponsive child.
When Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and Huntingburg First Responders arrived at the apartment they found a two-and-a-half-month-old female infant dead.  Police say that Childree was watching the infant in her home along with two of her own children.  Court records indicate that Rachelle Childree told police she laid the infant down after the baby fell asleep while eating.   The infant was placed on a mattress covered with a thick comforter. Childree told police she covered the infant with a blanket and then went into another room with her children.
According to court documents, Childree told police she fell asleep, and when she woke, she went to check on the infant and found her laying on her stomach with the blanket over her face. The infant was unresponsive - Childree immediately called 911.  Emergency dispatch coached Childree through steps to perform CPR on the unresponsive child, but she was unable to perform the act.  An autopsy by Dr. James Jacobi ruled the infant's death was accidental and attributed to asphyxiation due to unsafe sleeping conditions due to the soft bedding under the infant's face in an adult bed.   Her bond was set at $1,000 cash and she is scheduled for a pretrial on March 6 at 10:30 a.m.

An Indianapolis couple is on edge after someone ransacked their home, all while the couple slept upstairs. The homeowner said it happened sometime early Sunday morning when a burglar squeezed through an unlocked window in his kitchen. That's when his wife woke up at 4 a.m. and noticed the items were missing. The couple lives in the Country Club Pines neighborhood, near Crawfordsville Road. The homeowner said he's always felt safe, but keeps his doors locked and lights on. He said the burglar took thousands of dollars’ worth of items, including a computer, wedding ring and a TV and keys to their car. The couple said they plan to install an alarm system and will make sure that their home is securely locked from now on. Anyone with information is asked to contact IMPD or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana.

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

The National Weather Service of Louisville has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for parts of Indiana.  Showers and Thunderstorms will come in two waves today, the first in the morning could produce strong winds and hail.  A second round this afternoon will be dependent upon how much cloud cover the morning system generates.  Clouds blocking out sun could lessen the invensity of afternoon storms.. 

Just before 8:00 o’clock Monday morning,  a southbound US 231 semi tractor trailer slid across the center line and struck a northbound Spencer- Owen School Bus carrying 31 passengers. The crash resulted from the semi striking the front driver’s side head on and then skidding down the entire left side of the bus, pushing the bus off the roadway and in the direction of a tree line.  The crash happened just north of Dunn Road.   Twelve passengers were transported to area hospitals for treatment from glass cuts and complaint of pain to head, chest and arms. Student passenger ages ranged from 7 to 17 years old. The remaining passengers were transported to their school and were checked by the school nurse.  The driver of the semi, Christopher Lee Reinhardt, 35 of Terre Haute, was cited for Driving Left of Center and Driving too Fast for Road Conditions.  The school bus driver, Verl Keith, 70 of Spencer suffered hand and head injuries and was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital for treatment.    Trooper William Brown and emergency personnel at the scene praised Bus Driver Verl Keith for his diligence and persistence as he fought to keep his heavily damaged bus upright and away from the approaching trees. Trooper Brown said “The school bus left the roadway completely and could have easily turned over. If that would have happened, this crash would have seen a lot more kids severely injured.”  

A Bloomington woman was arrested Saturday after she was found asleep in a stranger's apartment.  Bloomington Police arrested 21-year-old Samantha Hooten on a felony charge of residential entry.   Bloomington Police were called to an apartment in the 3200 block of East Braeside Drive after the resident found a woman sleeping in their recliner.  When police arrived the woman was still asleep in the recliner and the front of the apartment had been ransacked where police say Hooten had went through drawers and closets. She had a pile of items gathered up, but fell asleep.  The residents - two men and two women - told police they didn't know the woman.  Police awoke Hooten and she later told them she didn't know where she was and wasn't sure how she got there. Because of her impairment, Hooten was taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation and then transported to the Monroe County Correctional Center.

Monday, February 6th, 2017

A Bloomfield man has been arrested on a preliminary charge of murder.
24 year old William Levi Abel, 24, was booked into Greene County Jail early Sunday morning and is being held without bond. Greene County Prosecutor Jarrod Holtsclaw says the investigation is ongoing and no formal charges have been filed. Police are not saying if he is linked to the death of 21-year-old Chase Aliano who was reported missing Friday by police and his hamily had not seen him since last Tuesday. According to a death notice from Day & Carter Mortuary Aliano died Tuesday. Arrangements are pending.

A Lawrence County woman suffered an injury to her tongue when she was involved in a two-vehicle accident Thursday. According to an accident report, at around 3:52 p.m, 57 year old Patricia Rishforth of Mitchell was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and traveling east on Hancock Avenue behind a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu driven by 35 year old Jari Reynolds, of Mitchell. Reynolds said a school bus was crossing in front of her and she slowed down. Rishforth said she was talking to her daughter and wasn’t paying attention and struck the Reynolds vehicle in the rear. Rishforth said that, upon impact, she bit her tongue. She was treated by an ambulance crew at the scene. Rishforth and Reynolds both were wearing seat belts.

In the face of danger, one INDOT employee's quick action may have been the difference between life and death for one of his co-workers. On Monday, employees at the Jasper Maintenance Unit took part in a celebration of those actions. Paoli Sub-District Operations Manager Randy Weikert presented a spot bonus of $1,000 to Dirk Detzer for pulling his co-worker, Bill Tooley, out of the path of a stray car that struck him in a work zone.On. Sept. 13, Jasper Unit workers were performing crack sealing operations at the Holland Junction, the intersection of State Roads 161 and 64 in Dubois County, when a vehicle entered the work zone. Tooley was struck by the vehicle and suffered a severely broken leg that put him out of action for an extended period of time. He credits Detzer's actions for saving his life. According to Detzer's account, after Tooley was struck, he signaled to the driver of the car to stop while he pulled his co-worker out of harm's way. He then called for help. In 2015, 17 people were killed and more than 700 people were injured in Indiana highway work zone crashes. Nationwide, there were 669 work zone traffic-related fatalities and 116 worker fatalities in 2014.

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Four residents of a Bedford home escaped serious injury after their home caught fire this morning. According to Bedford Fire Department report, they were was dispatched to the home at 306 R Street in Bedford at about 8AM this/Friday morning. The home was occupied by Randy and Kaye Kelley. The Kelleys lived in the house with their five grandchildren, three of whom already had left for school when the fire broke out. According to reports, their granddaughter, who was upstairs, alerted her grandparents, who were downstairs, that the house was on fire. A grandson who was in a upstairs bedroom, jumped from a window, injuring his leg. The family was only able to salvage a few belongings from the home.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department received a tip from a concerned citizen Thursday afternoon, regarding the possible location of a silver Honda car involved in an hit and run accident involving a amish buggy on East Blue River Road Monday. The caller reported the vehicle was traveling on the same road the accident happened. Washington County deputies and a Indiana State trooper were quickly dispatched to the area. The vehicle was stopped and the driver taken to the Washington County Sheriff's Department where he was interviewed by Washington County Sheriff Roger Newlon. The driver, 20-year-old Dalton Peacock, was cooperative and admitted to being involved in a crash on Blue River Road earlier this week. Peacock, of New Philadelphia Road, in Salem was arrested and jailed at the Washington County Jail on one count of failure to stop after an accident.

A bill that would require those 18 and younger to wear a helmet while riding an ATV is one step closer to becoming a law. House Bill 1200 passed out of the Roads and Transportation Committee Wednesday with a 12-1 vote.The author of the bill, Rep. Lloyd Arnold, R-Leavenworth, said the purpose of this legislation is to reduce the deaths of ATV-related deaths in Indiana. According to Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources, ATV fatalities are on the rise. In 2016, there were 21 deaths from off-road vehicles accidents. That is 16 more than the previous year, and an increase of 13 from 2014. Currently, state parks and facilities require all ATV riders, regardless of age, to wear a helmet while operating the vehicle. However, that requirement doesn’t extend to riders on private property. If this bill becomes law, it would require those younger than 18 to wear a helmet while on an ATV regardless of the location. Rep. Wes Culver, R-Goshen, was the only one who voted against the bill. Culver said he was against how it mandates how people operate ATVs on private property. The bill now moves to the House for further review.

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

A Marion County man was arrested Wednesday night after he led police on a pursuit from Bedford to Judah.
According to police reports, At 8:55 p.m., a Lawrence County Police officer attempted to stop a vehicle on State Road 37 for an unknown reason. The officer attempted to make the traffic stop just south of 16th Street but for some reason, he was going to stop the vehicle, and while in the process of doing that, learned a person may have been wanted out of Marion County. He ran the plate and found there may have been someone wanted in that vehicle. The driver, identified as 59 year old Timothy Strickland of Indianapolis, would not pull over and then led police on a chase from State Road 37 to Washboard Road, then continued on Washboard Road to Sieboldt Quarry Road, with speeds reaching above 95 mph at times. After getting the vehicle stopped, police arrested Strickland at Old State Road 37 North and Maddox Lane at gunpoint. Strickland was then booked into the Lawrence County jail at 9:26 p.m. His bond was set $7,500, or $755 cash, for the local charge and is being held for the Marion County charges as well.

A fire destroyed a home at 435 Poplar Way in Springville on Tuesday afternoon. When firefighters from Perry, Oolitic and Marshall Townships Volunteer Fire Departments arrived just after just following 12PM the home was engulfed in flames. Alan Weldy, his wife Sarah and their three children were not home when the fire started. The shed-like house was destroyed and when firefighters arrived and all they could do was contain the blaze and keep it from spreading.The cause of the fire remains under investigation and firefighters were on the scene until 2:36 p.m. Assisting at the scene was Tabernacle of Praise Emergency Services, an AMR ambulance and Lawrence County Sheriff deputies.

Dubois County schools and other schools in Southwest Indiana can apply to paint a plow on one of the Indiana Department of Transportation’s snow plows. INDOT announced the kick off of its 2017 Paint the Plow campaign, a community outreach program designed to promote safety and awareness of INDOT’s Winter Operations all year long. INDOT Southwest has invited high schools within district boundaries to paint an INDOT snow plow blade with original artwork to represent their school. Paint the Plow is open to all high schools in Dubois, Lawrence, Martin, Daviess, Knox, Gibson, Pike, Orange, Crawford, Perry, and Spencer, counties.Only students who are currently enrolled in the applicant school may participate in the creation, execution and completion of the art project. In addition to being seen in full service during the winter weather months, the blades may be used at events within the school’s community to enhance public awareness, promote safety and foster greater appreciation of both INDOT and the school’s art program.Paint the Plow was piloted in 2016 in INDOT’s Fort Wayne District. The program saw 13 plows completed by 12 school districts. After the success of Paint the Plow in the northeast district, the program was embarked on statewide.Applications are due March 15. For more information, call 1 (800) 279-5757 or send a request to swincommunications@indot.in.gov.

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

With more than 100 smoke detectors ready to be given out, Orleans Fire Chief Brent Elliott hopes the donation helps saves lives.   Hoosier Uplands recently donated some 100 of the devices to the Town of Orleans in an effort to improve fire safety in the community. CEO David Miller said the organization has given away smoke detectors for quite some time to clients, but this is the first time the effort has been concerted toward the overall safety of the community.  “This is the time of year when a lot of fires happen,” Miller said. “We hope this calls attention to the need for fire safety, especially when people are using alternative methods, such as space heaters, to heat their homes.”  Smoke detectors do save lives. The correlation between the increased use of smoke detectors and the vast drop in fire deaths cannot be ignored, according to the National Fire Protection Association.  Hoosier Uplands also donated a supply of 9-volt And firefighters will even install the smoke detectors, if needed.   Orleans Town Clerk Robert Henderson said local residents who would like to get a smoke detector, may simply call (812) 865-2887 or stop by the Orleans Town Hall, 161 E. Price Ave., for more information.   The NFPA recommends homes should have smoke alarms installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. That means a two-story, three-bedroom house needs a minimum of five smoke alarms.

A Mitchell man was arrested after a domestic fight inuring his mother and cousin.   Lawrence County Police arrested 22-year-old Dallas Knight on charges of battery and strangulation.  At 11:43 p.m. Friday, police dispatch received a 911 call from a home in the 2200 block of Rariden Hill Road. The dispatcher said that during the call there were people yelling in the background. Knight’s 37 year old cousin answered the door with blood onher face and mouth and a red mark on her neck. Kmight was inside the home intoxicated intoxicated with a bloody nose.  Screaming was heard and Knights' 58-year-old mother was in the hallway floor bleeding from her mouth.  She told police her son had shoved her down and hit her in the head with a closed fist.  The cousin told police that Knight had been drinking all day and got made when someone had asked him for a cigarette.   Sheriff Branham says neither of the women wanted to file charges. But due to the severity of the injuries, officers arrested Knight.  Knight's mother was taken to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital by AMR ambulance. The cousin refused medical treatment.  Knight was taken to the hospital for evaluation, then was taken to the Lawrence County jail. He is being held on a $7,500 surety or $755 cash

Eli Lilly CEO Dave Ricks met with President TrumpTuesday.  Trump stressed reducing the cost of prescription drugs, while promising to reduce legislation on the companies.  Trump used Indianapolis based Lilly as an example of how well companies can do in the USA, while criticizing other drug companies for moving overseas. 

Tuesday, January 31st, 2013

This past Thursday, Indiana State Police Troopers from the Bloomington Post spent the afternoon patrolling for school bus stop arm violations; one trooper from the front seat of the bus and others from their patrol cars near the route. The purpose of this patrol was to keep students safe and to help educate the motoring public about when stopping is required to allow school bus drivers to do their job safely.  The afternoon patrol on West State Road 46 through Ellettsville produced several traffic stops and reminders for violators as to when stopping is required.
Every school year the Indiana State Police receives numerous complaints about school bus stop arm violations from school corporations around the state.
There are just over 16,000 school buses on the road in Indiana, and the The Indiana State Police would like to remind motorists of the Indiana law concerning school buses, flashing lights and stop arms. Remember, when approaching a school bus, from any direction, that is stopped with its flashing red lights activated and its stop arm extended, motorists are required to STOP, even on multiple lane highways.   Disregarding a school bus stop arm is a serious traffic violation, one that school bus drivers are quick to report. Violation of this law is a Class "A" infraction and is punishable by a maximum fine of up to $10,000.

Police have arrested aA Bloomington man has been arrested in connection to several Bloomington robberies.  On Sunday, Bloomington Police officers were called to investigation a report of a suspicious male walking towards Denny's restaurant on North Walnut Street.  Officer Trevor Sager checked the area and found 36-year-old Randall D. Smith Jr. standing on the south side of McDonald's Restaurant at 2300 North Walnut Street.  The officer noticed the similarities between Smith and the male who witnesses described in several robberies in the area.  When Officer Sager attempted to talk to Smith, he fled east into the tree line. Officer Sager was able to catch Smith, who continued to fight with the officer.   Police found a cell phone Smith had taken from the clerk during the robber at the Village Pantry at 901N. Indiana on Saturday.  Detectives interviewed Smith and he confessed to the attempted robbery at the Circle K, 440 E. Third Street, and the robbery at the Village Pantry.  Smith was arrested on two felony counts of robbery and a misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement

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Monday, January 30th, 2017

A Lawrence County man suffered injuries after his vehicle went off the road Saturday and struck a utility pole.
According to a Lawrence County Police report, at around 7:39PM, 44 year old Shannon Lagenour of Bedford was driving a 2000 Mercury Sable north on Avoca-Eureka Road in Lawrence County. He was trying to light a cigarette and that he dropped it, then he drove off the road and struck a utility pole. Lagenour complained of back pain. Lagenour was wearing a seat belt.

A Dubois County man is in jail after he allegedly struck several officers after they responded to the report of an intoxicated man at the south side McDonald’s Saturday evening. Police responded to the restaurant at 450 U.S. 231 at 10:29 p.m for the report of an intoxicated male in the store. According to police, when they arrived they made contact with 40 year old Johnathon Franzell, of Huntingburg. Police say he confronted officers with yelling and cursing as they attempted to speak with him and noted that Franzell’s speech sounded slurred and he was acting lethargic. Officers then asked Franzell to step outside the restaurant, but he refused. When officers attempted to assist him, he became combative and punched several officers forcing an officer to use a Taser to subdue him. After Franzell was placed into handcuffs and taken into custody, officers searched him and allegedly located a hypodermic needle in his pocket. As he was being put into a patrol vehicle, he made several threatening comments towards the officer. Franzell was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital for medical clearance and then booked into the Dubois County Jail. He was charged with a Level 5 felony count of battery on public safety official with injury, Level 6 felony counts of resisting law enforcement with injury, possession of a hypodermic needle, intimidation and misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and public intoxication. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the incident.

The mayor of Jasper says a cluster of ongoing developments says a lot about the business climate of the Dubois County city. Terri Seitz says the $30 million River Centre project, which is expected to get underway within days, and a planned $17 million cultural center to house the city library and Community Arts Commission facilities will help the city of around 16,000 compete for business and talent with larger communities.

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Police are searching for a 16-year-old boy after he escaped from the Lawrence County Courthouse Tuesday evening.
Kaden Tincher is wanted on a warrant for fleeing and escape, both of which are felony charges. According to Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham, Tincher appeared at Lawrence County Circuit Court and the judge ordered him to be held after his appearance.Court security held the juvenile until an officer could get there to transport him. When they walked him from the courthouse to the police car, he ran. Anyone with information on Tincher’s whereabouts are urged to Lawrence County Police Department at (812) 275-3316.

Ferdinand police and the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department are thanking the public for their help in identifying and help in finding a female they say abandoned a stolen vehicle Thursday. Ferdinand officers  were called to the 1800 block of Main Street for a report of a possible vehicle on fire. When police arrived, they found a red four wheel drive pickup truck that had experienced ‘mechanical failure,’ and had slightly run off Main Street at the entrance to the Dollar General Store. Police sayss the female driving the truck entered the business, but she fled out the back door a short time later before officers arrived on scene. A search of the area by local and state police for the female was unsuccessful. Police say the truck was stolen earlier in the day on Thursday from a residence on East 190 North, east of Jasper. Police after reviewing surveillance video identified the woman as 18-year-old Clara Whippo, of Jasper. Deputies who went to the Leopold Street residence and located Whippo who admitted to taking the vehicle. Further investigation during an interview with Whippo revealed she had allegedly broken into a residence east of Jasper on County Road 190N. Police said the truck was parked there and was taken from that property. Authorities booked Whippo into the Dubois County Jail at 9:16 p.m. on preliminary Level 6 felony counts of residential entry and motor vehicle theft. Police said it is possible those preliminary charges could be adjusted or additional preliminary charges would be added.

As part of the official closing events of the Indiana Bicentennial, each of the state’s 92 counties received a Commemorative Torch to mark this special time in our history. Each torch is numbered and was used in the Torch Relay that took place last September. Patterned after the Olympic Torch Relay, Indiana’s version passed through all 92 of the state’s counties, covered 3,200 miles over a five-week period, averaging 90 miles per day. The torch was primarily transported by people, passing the flame from torch bearer to torch bearer. Orange County’s torch will be housed at the Orange County Historical Society Museum in Paoli. The torch will be the centerpiece of a future exhibit showcasing Orange County’s salute to the Hoosier State on the occasion of its 200th birthday.

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

An Orange County woman was airlifted to a Louisville hospital after a crash on State Road 37 Tuesday. According to a police report, At 12:37 p.m., 46-year-old David O'Malley, of Mitchell, was traveling north on State Road 37, just past State Road 60 East, in his red 2003 General Motors Sierra with April Edwards of Orleans a passenger in his vehicle. As he was approaching the entrance to McDonald's, he said a vehicle exited the restaurant's parking lot and drove in front of him. He said he braked and tried to steer out of the way, but he couldn't avoid colliding with a black 2009 Ford Fusion driven by 20-year-old Kaitlin McClure, of Orleans. McClure was taken to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital after she complained of pain to heck and shoulders. Her almost two year old son, was also in the car. He was checked at the scene by medical personnel and released to his grandparents. Edwards the passenger in O Malleys vehicle suffered possible bleeding to her brain and was airlifted by StatFlight to University of Louisville hospital. AMR ambulance, Marion Township Rural Fire Department and Mitchell Fire Department also responded to the crash.

A Lawrence County driver suffered an abrasion to his head and was arrested on drug-related charges after he crashed his vehicle into a fence at 10:48 p.m. Wednesday in Bedford. According to a Bedford Police Department accident report, 30 year old Charles Hardin, of Bedford was driving a 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup. When police arrived at the accident scene at 2624 I St., they saw the truck resting against a tree in a yard at 2631 I St. A fence was also damaged. Officers questioned who was driving the vehicle and then saw Hardin standing behind a witness. Hardin denied that he was the driver, but the officer noticed he was bleeding from the left side of his forehead, and witnesses said Hardin was the driver. Hardin was charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, operating a vehicle while intoxicated with endangerment, possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana under 30 grams, open container violation (infraction) and false registration (infraction). He is being held on a bond $5,000 surety or $505 cash.

A Lawrence County man was arrested Friday after police accused him of having methamphetamine in his vehicle. According to a police report, a t 5 p.m., a Bedford Police Department officer noticed a person driving a vehicle at 18th and G streets, and knew it was 29 year old Devin Smale, of Springville. The officer suspected he didn’t have a valid license, checked his information and found he was driving with a suspended license with a prior conviction. Smale was then stopped at 16th and M streets, and told officers he knew he did not have a valid license. The vehicle was towed and inventory was conducted on the vehicle. Officers found a crystal substance that tested positive for meth, a baggie containing a leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana and alprazolam, which he did not have a valid prescription for. In addition, police also found digital scales and smoking devices. Everything was found in a compartment on the passenger’s side, with the exception of one smoking device that was found in the trunk. Smale was booked into the Lawrence County jail, and bond was set at $7,500 surety or $755 cash.

Friday, January 20th, 2017

A Lawrence County woman was taken to a hospital following an accident at 16th and L streets in Bedford Thursday.
According to a police reports, At 5:25 p.m., 60 year old Pamela Moore of Bedford was traveling north on L Street in her red 2011 Jeep Wrangler. As she was crossing through the 16th Street intersection, she said a vehicle turned in front of her, causing the them to collide. The other vehicle was a gold 2003 Honda Accord driven by 16-year-old Molly Mitchell of Springville. Mitchell said she was traveling south on L Street and did not see anyone in the oncoming lane. Moore complained of pain to her face. Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital ambulance responded to the scene, the report stated. Both people were wearing seat belts.

The I-69 Development Partners Team announces intermittent road closures on State Road 37 near Wayport Road, in both northbound and southbound lanes. Road closures will be required for a maximum of 20 minutes at a time to drop existing overhead power lines. Work is scheduled for Sunday, January 22 and will be completed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., weather permitting.

A Jackson County man was arrested Tuesday after he attempted to remove a sheriff deputy's gun from its holster. Jackson County Police arrested 19-year-old Hayden Decker on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and disarming a law enforcement officer. According to Lt. Andy Wayman, officers were attempting to transport Decker to Schneck Medical Center after they were called to a report of an unruly man under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Decker became combative and placed his hand on Deputy Jesse Hutchinson's gun and attempted to pull the weapon from its holster. Deputy Hutchinson with the assistance of Seymour officers, took Decker to the ground and placed him in handcuffs. Decker under went a medical evaluation and after being medically cleared was transported to the Jackson County Jail, where he is currently being held without bond.

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

An Alabama man was arrested by Indiana State Police detectives on multiple sexual assault charges after allegedly raping a female he met online.   On Monday, Troopers with the Indiana State Police were contacted regarding a report of a female that had taken herself to an Evansville area hospital after being raped in Huntingburg.  Investigators learned that, days earlier, the female had met 23 year old Jeffrey Scott Vanherreweghe of Crossville, Alabama, through the dating app “Tinder”.  Vanherreweghe, who was working locally installing equipment at a facility for his company, met the female Monday evening at the Quality Inn in Huntingburg.  Investigators learned that after initially participating within a consensual relationship, Vanherreweghe allegedly became violent, performing multiple sexual acts on the female against her wishes, while she was attempting to scream for help and for him to stop.  Investigators learned that co-workers of Vanherreweghe knocked on the hotel door multiple times to intervene; Vanherreweghe allegedly told them to go away.  Co-workers were able to use a key to the room from the front desk to attempt to enter; this allegedly allowed for the female to get free from Vanherreweghe long enough to unlock the deadbolt to the room.  The female was able to retrieve her belongings and was escorted from the room by Vanherreweghe’s co-workers.  After speaking with witnesses and ISP Crime Scene Technicians collecting evidence from the hotel room, investigators interviewed Vanherreweghe and later placed him into custody, transporting him without incident to the Dubois County Security Center.

An Orange county man  complained of neck pain after his vehicle was struck at the intersection of Ind. 37 and Fifth Street, in Bedford Wednesday afternoon. 39-year-old Steven Sallee of Orleans was traveling south on Ind. 37 and had stopped at the Fifth Street intersection for a red light. While stopped, awaiting traffic, his 2006 Ford F-150 was struck in the rear by a 2014 Chevrolet Equinox driving by 69-year-old Rosann Mahuron. Mahuron told police she had stopped, but had looked down and thought the light had turned green so she started to pull forward. But traffic had not began to move because the light was still red. Her vehicle collided into the rear of the pickup truck.  Mahuron was not injured in the crash.

Members of the Indiana National Guard will be in Washington on Friday helping with the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.  The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette reports that about 150 Indiana guard members will attend, including more than 130 military police from Terre Haute-based 81st Troop Command stationed at rail stations. They will help local police with crowd control and other security efforts.  Indiana's contingent also includes three members of the Air National Guard's 122nd Fighter Wing based. Two of them will work documenting the inauguration events, including news releases, social media posts and escorting news media. The Fort Wayne base's public affairs superintendent, Master Sgt. Darin Hubble of Ossian, already is in Washington for that role.  A third fighter wing member will help with air readiness.

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

A New Albany woman died in a single vehicle crash around 9am Tuesday on US 150 near Hardinsburg.   60 year old Elizabeth Dodge was driving a 2005 Nissan Max that traveled off the right side of the road and hit a utility pole.  Dodge was pronounced dead at the scene.  The crash is under investigation. 

As part of the official closing events of the Indiana Bicentennial each of the state’s 92 counties received a Commemorative Torch to mark this special time in our history.  Each Torch was actually used in the Torch Relay that took place across the Hoosier State last September. Patterned after the Olympic Torch Relay, Indiana’s version passed through all 92 of the state’s counties, covered 3200 miles over a five week period, averaging 90 miles per day.  Orange County’s Torch has found a permanent home at the Orange County Historical Society Museum in Paoli.   Orange County Bicentennial Coordinator Imo Dedrick presented the county’s Torch to Robert F. Henderson, President of the Orange County Historical Society who accepted it on the museum’s behalf during a brief ceremony held Tuesday morning.    Henderson said the Torch will be preserved and be the centerpiece of a future new exhibit showcasing Orange County’s salute to the Hoosier State on the occasion of its 200th Birthday.   Patterned after the Olympic Torch Relay, Indiana’s version passed through all 92 of the state’s counties, covered 3200 miles over a five week period, averaging 90 miles per day.

General Motors has announced plans to invest an additional $1 billion in US manufacturing.  The automaker has major operations in Fort Wayne, Marion and Bedford.  Details of individual projects will be announced throughout the year.  About 1500 jobs will be created of retained.

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Police deployed spike strips to stop a pursuit in Huntingburg Monday evening.  According to an article in the Dubois County Free Press,   the pursuit began at about 7:30 p.m. when two Huntingburg officer witnessed a tan Mitsubishi traveling 64 mph in a 25 mph zone on the 1200 block of North Van Buren St.  When the officers activated their lights and sirens, the vehicle allegedly continued north on Van Buren at a high rate of speed and the officers initiated a pursuit.  The vehicle turned onto County Road West 400S and the pursuit continue to Witz Road where the vehicle turned south and head toward the U.S. 231 intersection. When they reached the intersection, the driver lost control of the Mitsubishi and spun around 180 degrees, according to police. The car then continued south on U.S. 231 after almost striking an Indiana State Police vehicle that was responding to assist with the pursuit.   While this was occurring, another Huntingburg officer deployed spike strips near the intersection with Phoenix Dr. When the pursuit reached the intersection, the Mitsubishi hit the strips and three of its four tires were deflated, police said. However, the vehicle continued heading south into Huntingburg. Near  1205 N. Main St., the front tire blew out causing the driver to lose control of the car and crash into some landscaping at the restaurant.    The driver 21 year old Ricardo Herrera, 21, of Huntingburg, attempted to flee on foot but was quickly taken into custody, according to police. Aldofo Hernadez, 23, also of Huntingburg, exited the vehicle and initially refused officers verbal commands, but later complied. He was also found to be in possession of two glass smoking pipes, according to police.Herrera was charged with Level 6 felony counts of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, resisting law enforcement, criminal confinement, reckless driving and driving without ever receiving a license.  Hernandez was charged with resisting law enforcement and possession of paraphernalia. Both were booked into the Dubois County Security Center.

Mumps cases have reached a 10 year high across the country.  The Centers for Disease Control  says there are over 5300 cases of mumps, down from 2006, with 6500 infected.  Before the US started vaccinating for the disease, more than 186, 000 people would be infected yearly.  In addition to a swollen jaw, Mumps causes fever, muscle aches and loss of appetite, among other symtoms. 

Indiana Gov Eric Holcomb delivers his first State of the State Address tonight.  He has already laid out an agenda calling for fiscal discipline, a stepped up effort to treat and prevent drug addiction, and a long term road funding plan.  House Republicans plan a hearing on their own road funding next week.

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Accused murder Joshuah Rainbolt told police he killed his roommate and disposed of the murder weapon in White River.
According to a probable cause affidavit, 20-year-old Rainbolt told police he shot Blake Box-Skinner in the back of the head with a shotgun, dragged his body to a shed, put him inside and shut the door. He then drove to the Ft. Ritner Bridge off White River Road and threw the shotgun into White River. Police have not released a motive for the murder. Indiana State Police discovered Box-Shinner's body after they were called to do a welfare check at the home at 10906 Lost River Road after family members report that 20-year-old son had not been seen or heard from for a couple of days. State Trooper Jonathan Cain, who is Box-Skinner's nephew had went to the home with Blake's parents Carol Box and Derek Skinner. When they arrived at the home. The parents entered the home and found their son's phone inside and knew something was wrong. Trooper Cain checked outbuildings on the property. According to the affidavit, Trooper Cain opened a door on one of the outbuildings and saw human legs sticking out from under a washing machine. After Cain moved the washing machine, he located the body of Blake Box-Skinner. Cain immediately contacted the ISP for back up. Family members told investigators that Blake's roommate, Rainbolt was not at the home, but had been calling Blake's mother. Investigators talked to Rainbolt on the phone and asked him to come in for an interview, but Rainbolt told police he did not have a ride to the sheriff's department. An Indiana State Trooper arranged to pick Rainbolt up and transport him to the Washington County Sheriff's Department where he admitted to killing his roommate. Rainbolt was arrested on charges of murder, obstruction of justice and improper disposal of a corpse.

The Huntingburg Police Department is asking the public for information as officers investigate a weekend incident that saw a minivan drive into an OFS Brands manufacturing plant. The Huntingburg Police Department received a report at 1:10 a.m. Saturday of a possible vehicle crash near an OFS plant. After searching, police found a 2001 Honda Odyssey crashed into the side of OFS Brands Plant No. 21 at 19th Street and County Road 400W. The van belonging to a Huntingburg man crashed into the factory, causing debris to fly across the inside of the plant. Equipment on the inside of the building was damaged and the vehicle was thought to be a total loss. Police said there were no occupants in or near the vehicle. One OFS source said a 20-foot section of wall was damaged. While police were at the scene, the owner of the van arrived for the vehicle. Police say an investigation into the incident is ongoing, with officers trying to determine who was driving and if any passengers were present. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Huntingburg police at 812-683-4111. Callers may remain anonymous.The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police and a KARS wrecker assisted.

A Monroe County man that was found dead in Leonard Springs Nature Park Wednesday has been identified. Bloomington Police say 54 year old David Steward left a suicide note in his vehicle. Steward died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police say his body was discovered by a woman walking her dog at the park around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Thursday night Trooper Hunter Manning received information that 47 year old Dennis Osborne, of Grand River, KY, was a fugitive and was possibly in the Princeton area driving a white four door pickup truck with Kentucky plates.
Manning confirmed Osborne was wanted out of McCracken County, KY. Manning drove to Princeton and searched the area for nearly 90 minutes before spotting a white four door pickup truck with Kentucky plates on SR 64 near Walmart in Princeton. The driver of the pickup truck pulled into the Marathon gas station located at 3010 West Broadway Street to fuel up. Manning confirmed the driver was Osborne and he was arrested without incident. An odor of marijuana was detected inside Osborne’s vehicle. When officers searched the vehicle they found several containers and plastic bags containing approximately ½ pound of crystal meth, a plastic bag containing marijuana, 20 Oxycodone pills, 28 Hydrocodone pills, 8 Alprazolam pills, three glass smoking devices, a marijuana grinder, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia. Osborne is currently being held without bond in the Gibson County Jail. Also Assisting at the scene was the Princeton Police Department

Friday, January 6th, 2017

This morning, shortly after 8:00 am, the Indiana State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on I-65 near the 55 mile marker in Jackson County that claimed the life of a Scottsburg woman.
The initial investigation by Sgt. Stephen Wheeles indicated that a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche being driven by 71 year old Gerald Brown, of Scottsburg was traveling northbound on I-65 near the 55 mile marker.  Brown lost control of his vehicle on the snow covered roadway.  His vehicle left the east side of the roadway, just south of exit 55, where it then struck a light pole head-on. As a result of the collision, Brown’s wife, 70 year old R. Carolyn Brown, of Scottsburg sustained fatal injuries in the crash.  She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jackson County Coroner.  Gerald Brown sustained possible life threatening injuries in the crash.  He was transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour before being transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of his injuries. The roadway surface condition and the speed of the vehicle are believed to be factors in the collision.  The investigation is ongoing. Sgt. Wheeles was assisted by Troopers Jason Duncan, Matt Holley, Seth Davidson, and Tommy Walker along with Jackson County EMS, Seymour Fire Department, Jackson County Coroner’s Office, and 31 Wrecker Service.

Thursday, Januray 5th, 2017

Two Salem residents and a juvenile were arrested for the vandalism done at Scottsburg Cemetery.
Scottsburg police arrested the trio after receiving an anonymous tip. Police arrested 19-year-old Angeliquca Tompkins and 20-year-old Matthew Terry, both of Salem, on charges of criminal mischief and criminal trespassing. Both were taken to the Scott County Jail. A 16-year-old female was also charged with the crime and was released to her parents. The information about the crime has been sent to the Scott County Prosecutors Office for review and possible other charges being filed.

Wednesday night at around 10:16 p.m., a Harrison County deputy shot and killed a man that was a suspect in a stabbing in Kentucky. According to Harrison County Sheriff Rod Seelye, 45 year old Richard Jackson, of Louisville, Kentucky, fled from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department around 8:20 p.m. Wednesday night along Interstate 64 into Crawford County. Near the 84-mile marker, Jackson exited his vehicle and confronted Harrison County Deputies, at which point they fatally shot him. The investigation into Jackson’s death remains active by State Police detectives, and upon completion, will be forwarded to the Crawford County Prosecutor for review.  No further information is being released at this time. Indiana State Police closed the westbound lanes of traffic and rerouted motorists during the incident.

The Bedford Police Department arrested two men after methamphetamine and marijuana were found inside a vehicle last week. Arrested was 36 year old James Jones, of New Albany, and he was charged with possession of meth, possession of marijuana, and driving with a suspended license and speeding, both of which are infractions. Also arrested was 41 year old Nathan Gilber, of Salem was charged with possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and visiting a common nuisance. According to police, On Dec. 28 at 11:27 p.m., a Bedford officer noticed a vehicle traveling west at 45 mph in a 30-mph zone on 16th Street. The officer then pulled over the vehicle at 16th Street and Hillcrest Road. Police ran a check and found the driver, who was Jones, was driving with a suspended license. While he was talking to Gilbert to see if he was a licensed driver to take the vehicle, they noticed the odor of marijuana in the vehicle. They asked both subjects to exit the vehicle. On the floorboard on the passenger side, laying in plain view, was a clear plastic container with a plant-like substance. The substance field-tested positive for marijuana. In the center console, officers found a clear plastic bag with a crystal-like substance, which tested positive for meth, and another bag with a plant-like substance that tested positive for marijuana. Police also found a glass smoking pipe with burnt marijuana residue. When police conducted a pat down on Gilbert, they found a container with hydrocodone pills and more meth.Both men were arrested and taken to Lawrence County jail. At the jail, a dollar bill was found wrapped tightly in Gilbert’s wallet. The dollar bill contained meth. Jones posted a $2,005 bond on Dec. 29, and Gilbert posted a $2,005 bond Tuesday.

Monday, January 2nd, 2016

An employee with WIN Energy was killed Wednesday, December 28th after responding to a power outage in Sullivan County.
The Sullivan County Coroner identified the victim as 46-year-old Ray Lockhart of Linton. The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. on County Road 1100 North in Farmersburg. The Sullivan County Sheriff's Department says the utility and state safety regulators will investigate why the downed line still had power and whether proper safety procedures were followed. Police say Lockhart was apparently electrocuted when he reached for a wire that was not supposed to be live. According to the police, the line that had caused the electrocution wasn't supposed to have power running in it. When the utility worker, picked it up, it electrocuted him. A spokesman for WIN Energy says the cause of death is undetermined at this time and that the investigation is ongoing.

A Louisville man with an outstanding warrant for robbery was arrested following a car chase in Southern Indiana last Thursday night. 55 year old David Fant, of Louisville, was arrested after wrecking his car while trying to escape police. Fant was wanted on an outstanding warrant for first-degree robbery. The pursuit began in Clarksville at 7 p.m. and ended in New Albany at the Sherman Minton Bridge after about 20 minutes. The chase started when an officer noticed Fant driving erratically on West Lewis and Clark Parkway near Hale Road. When the police officer activated the lights on his cruiser, Fant took off. Clarksville police attempted to use tire-deflation devices to stop Fant but were unsuccessful. While evading police, Fant sideswiped a parked vehicle and then headed toward Louisville on Old Indiana 62.Shortly before reaching the Sherman Minton Bridge, Fant rear-ended a police car and two wheels fell off his vehicle. Fant was able to keep driving but was eventually detained by police on the Sherman Minton Bridge. Two police cars sustained minor damage in the chase. Fant resisted arrest and caused minor injuries to two police officers. One officer had to get stitches on his hand and the other sustained a fracture in his hand. Fant was charged with several felonies, including criminal confinement, battery to law enforcement with injury, resisting law enforcement, and criminal recklessness with a vehicle. He also has a hold for Louisville Metro Police for a probation violation. He is currently in the custody of Clark County Jail.

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Lawrence and Mitchell Police were called to a domestic fight in the 1080 block of Mill Creek Road Tuesday night after a report of two men being shot. Police and an AMR ambulance and Marion Volunteer Fire Department first responders rushed to the scene. According to police logs, one man was shot in the hand and the other in the chest and stomach. Both were flown by Air Evac medical helicopter to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment.

The Jasper Police Department arrested two men Tuesday afternoon for allegedly stealing $800 in lottery tickets from the Circle A convenience store in Jasper.21 year old T.S. Nash of Loogootee, was an employee at the Circle A, when police allege that video footage shows Nash giving the tickets to a customer 27 year old Andrew Bowman, of Jasper Monday. Both are preliminarily charged with theft. Because the amount of the alleged theft exceeded $750, police said, the preliminary charges are Level 6 felonies. Nash was taken into custody at the store Tuesday and police took Bowman into custody later at an apartment. Both were booked into the Dubois County Jail shortly after 3 p.m. Nash posted bond later in the afternoon.

Thursday, December 22d, 2016

The City Council of Bedford has amended an ordinance concerning city property owners' use of signs Monday during a special meeting.  The ordinance covers the location, size, and quantity of signs on residential and non-residential property and comes after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the city on behalf of resident Sam Shaw.  Shaw, for years, has placed signs expressing his opinions in his yard on I Street.  In September, Shaw received a letter from the city's planning director informing him that he was in violation of the city's new sign ordinance. If Shaw didn't remove his signs, he faced a $300 per day fine. Shaw removed the signs.  However, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of Shaw on October 31 said the city's sign ordinance violated Shaw's First and the Fourteenth Amendment Constitutional rights.  In a statement, the City of Bedford says they disagree that the sign ordinance was unconstitutional, but that the new ordinance has been changed to quote "unquestionably comply" with a 2015 Supreme Court case's precedent and still achieve "virtually the same results."  City council members voted to remove restrictive language that covers sign usage in residential areas. The previous law had categories for signs based on their usage such like yard sale, political and for sale signs.

State health officials are reporting the first influenza-associated death in Indiana for the 2016-2017 flu season. No additional information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.

State health officials report influenza, or flu, activity is currently minimal in both the state and country. Hoosiers are encouraged to take this time to get a flu vaccine. State health officials say everyone age 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. People can help prevent the spread of flu by washing their hands frequently and thoroughly, avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth with their hands and staying home when sick. Influenza is a viral infection of the respiratory tract. It is spread by respiratory droplets released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby or when people touch surfaces or objects contaminated with those infectious respiratory droplets. People can also become infected by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with influenza viruses and then touching their eyes, mouth or nose. Flu symptoms include:  fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, headache , fatigue, cough, muscle aches, sore throat

A Dubois 4-H team placed 9th out of 20 teams at the State Crops Career Development Event (CDE) held at Purdue University.  The team was required to identify crop and weed plants and seeds, complete in creative problem-solving activities, grade grain and complete a knowledge exam.
Participating were members of the Dubois County 4-H Junior Team (Grades 3-8) comprised of Dylan Weyer, Adam Weyer, Konner Betz and Braxton Mitchell.  In order to advance the state contest, the team had to qualify from an area Crop CDE event that was held in Martin County on November 10th.  Crops Career Development Event is open to 4-H and FFA members and is designed to teach youth skills necessary in the agronomy career area.
 

Wednesday:  December 21st, 2016

Repairs have now begun at the historic iron bridge that crosses Lick Creek just south of the courthouse.  On Christmas day last year, the bridge collapsed when a semi driven by Mary Lambright crossed the bridge  didn't realize her semi was too tall and too heavy to cross.  The bridge collapsed when tractor-trailer load with more than 30 tons crossed the bridge. Police say Lambright couldn't comprehend how much six tons was - the weight limit posted on the bridge.  In October, the Orange County commissioners signed a contract with CLR Inc. to make the estimated $748,875 in repairs. Construction was slated to begin 30 days after the signing. But work was delayed so contractors could finalize plans to pick up the bridge and set it off its foundation .  The company has 270 days to complete the job, which means the bridge should be finished by August.  The trucking company's insurance carrier, Progressive, will pay for the repairs. The insurance company will not pay the cost of repainting portions of the bridge. That cost, estimated at $39,975 and will be paid by the county

Police in Bloomington police are investigating a homicide that happened Tuesday afternoon 3300 block of Odell Drive.  Around 1:46pm, Opolice  were called to the scene after a report of a stabbing .  Upon arrival,  officers found a 46-year-old man with a stab wound to his chest on the first floor of the apartment.  Police are not releasing the victim's name at this time.  Rescue crew performed CPR and then transported him to IU Bloomington Health Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  According to Bloomington Police Capt. Steve Kellams, witnesses told police 48-year-old Kenneth Hawkins has stabbed the victim over a domestic disturbance.

The City of Bedford was informed by the Environmental Protection Agency that they must stop using chlorine to treat the city's water.  Chlorine is on the EPA's list of the Top 100 most dangerous chemicals. The EPA recommends the city switch to sodium hypochlorite - bleach to treat it water.  Utilities Director Misty Adams says to make the change the city must purchase new equipment at an estimated cost of $1 million.  The Times Mail reports, the project project could be paid out of the city's bond city's bond anticipation note. The city borrowed $5 million for its extensive water and sewer replacement projects, and there is money available in the bond issue for this project.

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

A New Albany man is in jail this evening after a 13 month investigation revealed he had defrauded nearly $535,000 from numerous Dubois County residents.   In October, 2015, a complaint was filed with the Indiana Secretary of State, Securities Division after a woman became concerned about the financial investments made on behalf of her mother.  A criminal investigation was initiated by the Indiana State Police into the transactions by the woman’s financial advisor, 58 year old Stephen Recker, formerly of Jasper and currently of New Albany, IN.  Through the course of the investigation and as a result of the initial complaint, investigators with the Securities Division and the State Police found that Recker had been involved in numerous financial arrangements with at least eight different households throughout Dubois County, in which he had taken their money under the premise of placing the money into investments and annuities, but never paying out any gains or amounts of the principle investment.  In total, investigators found that nearly $535,000 was taken by Recker without any money being paid back to the individuals.  Investigators also found that Recker, while he was acting as a financial advisor for his clients, was no longer a licensed securities broker.   Recker was arrested in New Albany today on warrants issued by the Dubois County Circuit Court.  Nineteen total felony charges were filed through the arrest warrant.  Recker is being held in the Floyd County Jail without bond pending extradition to Dubois County.

Indiana’s unemployment rate decreased by two-tenths of a percent to 4.2 percent in November, which marks its lowest point since 2001. The unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people as a percentage of the labor force. Indiana’s total labor force stands at over 3.3 million and the state’s 64.7 percent labor force participation rate stands two percent above the national rate.  “Indiana’s unemployment rate continues to drop while private sector employment continues to grow, which are positive signs for Hoosier workers and jobseekers,” said Steven J. Braun, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD). “In order for Indiana to remain one of the most appealing states for business in the nation, it is critical that DWD engages and trains potential workers not actively participating in Indiana’s workforce in order to meet employers’ current and future demand for skilled workers.”  Commissioner Braun also noted that private sector employment increased 13,300 over the month and 36,500 over the year. He added that initial unemployment insurance claims remain at the lowest point in over 30 years.

A new bridge is now open across the Ohio River between Indiana and Kentucky.  The Lewis and Clark bridge opened to traffic Sunday night for the first time.  Vice President elect Mike Pence issued an order on Sunday naming the bridge after the two 19th century explorers.  The bridge cost over $760 million dollar and took more than three years to build.  Motorist will be paying  toll to cross the bridge beginning December 30th.

Monday, December 19th, 2016

A Marengo man was killed Friday morning after being struck by a vehicle at the G&S One Stop in Marengo.
The driver of the Ford Truck fled the scene. According to a Crawford County Sheriff's Department press release, officers were called to the service station just before 7:30 a.m., after a report of an unresponsive man lying in the parking lot.Emergency crews responded and rushed 46-year-old George Hinton to Harrsion County Hospital where he died. Police arrested 46-year-old Dickie Wilson of Eckerty on Friday afternoon.The accident was captured on surveillance video. Police say a dark-colored Ford Truck struck Hinton in the back parking lot causing him to fall to the ground. After striking Hinton, the video shows Wilson get out of the driver's side and check on Hinton and then get back into the truck and flee. Because of that video, police were able to identify Wilson and contacted him at his home. Wilson told police he didn't know he had hit Hinton until he saw him lying on the ground. Hinton when he realized what he had done, he "freaked out" and fled. Wilson told police he then drove to family member's home in Orange County where he left the truck and then got a ride home. Wilson was arrested without incident on a Level 5 felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.He is being held in the Crawford County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Seven people who became trapped by high waters while exploring a southern indiana cave were rescued after 39 hours underground, officials said Monday.
The last of the cavers were brought above ground about 3 a.m. Monday after entering Binkley's Cave near Corydon about noon Saturday, Indiana Conservation Officer Jim Hash said. Emergency workers were called when the cavers didn't emerge at 3 a.m. Sunday as planned, he said. First responders had to wait about eight hours for the high waters inside the cave to subside at a rate of 3 inches an hour so they could reach the group, Hash said. The water temperature was 40 degrees or colder, Hash said, and rescuers had to brave water chest or neck-deep. The group was several hours from the cave entrance. As many as 50 emergency workers and local cave experts responded to the scene, Hash said, including the Red Cross. Another benefit was that some of the cavers had as much as 20 to 40 years of experience. "This group was very well prepared," Hash said. "They had plenty of food, plenty of water." Hash described the group as hobbyists doing a survey of the cave, which is part of a miles-long cave system. Officials say the cavers were treated for mild hypothermia and exposure.

Two were injured in a Lawrence County accident Sunday morning. According to police reports, at around 10:26am, 40 year old Wendy Stancombe of Bedford was traveling east on Tunnelton Road in a 2001 Chevrolet Tracker when she lost control of her vehicle on the ice-covered road. She spun into the path of a westbound 2000 GMC Jimmy being driven by 69 year old Alvin Probasco of Bedford. Probasco suffered injuries as did Stancombe who was taken to a a Bedford area hospital for treatment of injuries. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Another arrest has been made in the infant left in the car incident Thursday morning.
Huntingburg police arrested 22 year old Austin Elliot of Jasper and took him into custody today He was charged with a Level 6 felony count of neglect of a dependent and a misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement after a Dubois County Circuit Court warrant was served. He along with 18 year old Justice M. Mundy of Huntingburg left a infant in a non running vehicle early Thursday morning in Jasper. The vehicle was not running and the outside temperature was 16 with a 3 degree wind chill. The unattended child was taken into the care of Child Protective Services based on officers determining he was left unattended in the non-running vehicle. Mundy was arrested and booked into the Dubois County Jail as was Elliott today.

A fiery traffic accident in southeastern Daviess County has taken the life of a rural Alfordsville man.
Emergency crews were called to an accident on CR 700S just west of CR 1125E in the Alfordsville area at 11:41 a.m. this morning The 911 caller reported the vehicle was on fire and the driver was trapped. The Southeast Volunteer Fire District and Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department responded and located a 2001 Ford F-150 pick up truck that had crashed into a concrete bridge railing. The vehicle was traveling east bound and authorities say they found no skid marks at the scene. Officials have identified the driver as 48 year old Jon Yoder, of Loogootee. Daviess County Coroner Laura Petty pronounced Yoder dead at the scene. An autopsy is planned. The crash remains under investigation by the Daviess County Sheriff's Department and the County Coroner's Office.

Paoli Peaks opned today for the season. You can now Ski, Snowboard and Snow Tube at Paoli Peaks.

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Nearly one year after a historic Paoli bridge collapsed under the weight of a semi, repairs have yet to begin.  Orange County officials say construction on the historic iron bridge that crosses Lick Creek in downtown Paoli is delayed so contractors can finalize plans to pick up the bridge and set it off its foundation so they can begin work.  Mary Lambright says when she crossed the iron bridge on December 25, 2015, she didn't realize her semi was too tall and too heavy to cross. The bridge collapsed when tractor-trailer load with more than 30 tons crossed the bridge. Police say Lambright couldn't comprehend how much six tons was - the weight limit posted on the bridge.  In October, the Orange County commissioners signed a contract with CLR Inc. to make the estimated $748,875 in repairs. Construction was slated to begin 30 days after the signing. The company has 270 days to complete the job, which means the bridge should be finished by August.  The trucking company's insurance carrier, Progressive, will pay for the repairs. The insurance company will not pay the cost of repainting portions of the bridge. That cost, estimated at $39,975 and will be paid by the county.  Lambright was charged with reckless operation of a tractor-trailer, and was cited for disregarding a traffic control device, the signage on the bridge and traveling with an overweight load on a posted bridge. Lambright could face fines and 180 days in jail. Her next court appearance is scheduled for January 24.  According to police, Lambright was traveling on U.S. 150 East and was attempting to make a delivery at Walmart when she failed to turn north onto State Road 37. In an attempt to head north toward the store she turned north on South Gospel Street and then attempted to turn west onto Oak Street, but was unable to.  Lambright told police that she knew there was a parking lot north of South Gospel Street and thought she could turn the truck around in the lot and again make her way back to State Road 37. But there was equipment parked in the lot and she couldn't get turned around.  Lambright says she was uncomfortable backing up the semi and didn't think to call police or another driver for assistance so she attempted to cross the iron bridge.  Police say that Lambright was traveling more than 30 miles per hour in order to get the vehicle stuck that far on the bridge. Once she started onto the bridge, the trailer got stuck, ripping about a third of the trailer top off. Then the weight of the vehicle made the bridge begin to collapse, pushing both sides of the bridge inward.

A Bloomington man, 39 year old Eric Keith Richardson was arrested after the stole a vehicle and lead police from several departments on a chase through Daviess and Pike counties early Wednesday morning.  Around 3 a.m. Wednesday, Richardson stole a Jeep from behind a building at the Holiday Inn Express. About 10 minutes later a Washington Police Officer located the vehicle on the U.S. 50 Bypass and attempted to stop the vehicle, but Richardson fled.  According to police, the pursuit continued onto Ind. 257 at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour into Pike County. The pursuit continued along U.S. 50 to Old Highway 50 south of Montgomery, where Richardson turned north through Cannelburg. That is where Richardson lost control of the Jeep and the vehicle rolled onto its side near All Saints Church ending the pursuit at 4:10 a.m.   Richardson was arrested and taken to Daviess Community Hospital where he was medically cleared and then take to the Daviess County Jail where he is being held on a $10,000 bond.

Jasper police arrested an 18-year-old Huntingburg woman after finding an infant strapped into an unattended car in the cold early morning hours Thursday.  According to a story in the Dubois County Free Press, police were called about a suspicious vehicle in West Ruby Court at about 1:30 a.m. The caller reported that two individuals had exited the vehicle and then walked through several backyards of homes in the area.  When officers arrived, they located the vehicle, and found an infant inside. The vehicle was not running and officers noted the temperature was 16 degrees with a 3-degree windchill at the time. Police removed the infant and put him into a patrol car for his safety while other officers began searching for the vehicle’s owner. While searching the area, police found the two subjects and they fled from police on foot.  Police were able to apprehend Justice M. Mundy, 18, of E. Fifth Street, Huntingburg. Mundy confirmed with police the second individual’s identity. A warrant for that individual’s arrest has been issued for neglect of a dependent and resisting law enforcement.  The unattended child was taken into the care of Child Protective Services based on officers determining he was left unattended in the non-running vehicle.  Several items were found  in the vehicle may be stolen and would like to have them identified. They are instructing residents to call them if they have noted any missing items so these items can be identified at -482-2255 or on the anonymous tip line at 812-481-2677 (COPS).  Mundy was booked into the Dubois Count Security Center.  

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Indiana State Police are investigating an incident that happened this morning in Orleans.  Officers from several departments responded to a report of an out-of-control armed man in the area of Roosevelt and Martin streets on the south side of Orleans at 11 a.m. today.  An ambulance was then dispatched to the scene and transported one person after AirEvac was not able to fly because of the weather. The Indiana State Police Jasper post has confirmed they are investigating the incident and hope to release other information with in a few hours.

Tolling on the new Ohio River bridges begins Friday, December 30th.  According to WHAS in Louisville, RiverLink is all electronic tolling system, with no toll booths, no coin machines, no lines and no stopping.  Tolls range from $2 to $12, so those living in the Jeffersonville and New Albany areas are encouraged to open Riverlink accounts and get transponders.

A bizarre robbery in Bloomington.  - A convenience store clerk was injured Monday, during a robbery at Our Way C Store on West 11th Street .just past 2am. Police say the clerk was not robbed once, but twice.  The clerk on duty told police a regular customer had entered the store, upset and crying. The clerk offered to purchase the customer a fountain drink, gave the man a hug and allowed him to charge his dead cell phone.  "The man then asked the clerk to look away so he could take money out of the register," Kellams added. "The clerk refused to do that."  That is when the man grabbed the clerk, punched him in the head, took the cash and fled the store.  While the clerk was calling 911, the man returned, punched the clerk again and took money from a second register and fled.  The clerk suffered a cut to his face and was treated at the scene by medics. Another robbery in Bloomington.  Police are looking for two men that entered Cresent Donut on South Adams Street and robbed the store.  Police say this is the second time the store has been robbed this year. The first robbery occurred on October 16.  The workers reported the second robbery at 3:30 a.m. on Monday.  The two employees told police that they had been in the kitchen making donuts when two men wearing masks entered the store - one armed with a handgun.  The men ordered the workers into a back room, where a safe is kept and ordered them to open it. The clerks told the men they didn't have the combination. The men then ordered them to open the register at the front of the store. The men took the cash and fled.  No one was injured during the robbery.

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Paoli Peaks hopes to open soon, perhaps this Saturday. The slopes are covered with snowmaking equipment. So as soon as conditions are right, crews will begin covering the slopes with snow.  To obtain a good snow base, Temperatures must be below 32 degrees. 32 degrees in the temperature required to turn water into snow crystals, at this temperature it is possible but affects the quality and quantity. Temperatures below 28 degrees are more ideal, but below 18 degrees are even better. The colder the better.  The amount of moisture in the air is another important factor in snowmaking.. An example is a temperature of 20 degrees and a humidity of 40 would be great to make snow.   Compressors create the compressed air which is then pushed through air lines on the hill and in to the snowmaking system. There are also water lines throughout the property that run to the snow guns. The water comes from a local creek.  The facility has approximately 110 snowguns.   Machine made snow is more durable than natural snow. At capacity, 1,600 tons of snow can be made per hour.

The Vigo County Sheriff's Office says an 18-year-old girl was arrested for arson, Friday morning after she set her family's home on fire. Carolyn Royer told deputies she set the fire because she was upset with herself and her parents.  She was found walking down the street in her pajamas a few blocks away from her burning home.  Otter Creek firefighters were called to home on East Ledika Avenue around 2 a.m.  Royer's father, mother and younger sister were able to escape the burning home without injury.

A cross no longer decorates the top of one of an Indiana town”s Christmas tree. The cross atop the Knighttown tree was taken down Monday at the request of the town council.  The move comes several days after the Indiana ACLU filed suit on behalf of a local resident Joseph Tompkins.  He claims the cross on the tree violated the First Amendment. 

Monday, December 12th, 2016

A Jackson County man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for stabbing a pregnant woman, in Jackson County Circuit Court. Seymour Police say Justin Colvin was arrested after DNA found on the knife was identified as his. The knife was confirmed to be used in a stabbing in the 100 block of West Brown Street in Seymour. The woman, who was in her early 20s and about 16 weeks pregnant, was at home asleep at 7:30 a.m., when Colvin allegedly entered the residence and attacked her with a steak knife. Police say the woman was woken up by the man straddling her. She then fought with Colvin and that is when he pulled the knife. The woman was stabbed at least six times, with the worst of the wounds to the woman's right eye and upper part of her body including her head, neck and arms and hands. During the attack, police say that Colvin held the woman's face down so she couldn't see him and he did not say anything. After the attack the woman fled to a neighbor's house, pounding on the door and screaming for help. The neighbor called police. The woman was taken by ambulance to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment. The baby was unharmed during the incident.

Two searches by State Police Officers with State Parole Officers led to drug charges filed against six people. Friday afternoon, Master Trooper Trey Lytton, Senior Trooper Robbie Lambert, and State Parole Officer Shelly Brown conducted a parole search at 100 First Street in Cannelton.  During the search, drug paraphernalia was found inside the residence, and four individuals inside the home at the time of the search were cited into court on Class C Misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charges. A second parole search at 1630 Tell Street in Tell City uncovered methamphetamine, hypodermic needles, synthetic drugs and drug paraphernalia.  Two suspects inside, 33 year old Miller Nix and 22 year old Tiffany Dukes were placed into custody and lodged without incident in the Perry County Jail.  The Indiana State Police is committed to partnering with other law enforcement agencies and communities to fight against and prevent drug use.  Anyone with drug information or concerns can call the Jasper Post at 1-812-482-1441 and give that information to a trooper.  Callers can remain anonymous.

Friday, December 9th, 201

A Lawrence County man was arrested after he attempted to flee police Friday morning.
At 1:20 a.m., a Lawrence County Police Department officer was traveling north on State Road 37 through a green light at the Oolitic traffic light. At the same time, a white Chevrolet S-10 driven by 31 year old Dustin Couch, of Springville was traveling west through the intersection and neglected to stop for a red light. The officer was able to avoid the collision and followed the vehicle, which the officer later learned was driven by Couch, down Patton Hill Road. Couch was traveling at high speeds, attempting to evade the officer. Eventually, the truck lost its topper on Indian Creek Road, and the officer could not see the truck. The fleeing vehicle lost the topper from the back of his pickup on Indiana Creek Road and fled out of sight of the officer. The pickup turned north onto Reuter Lane, where the officer found the driver standing outside of the vehicle. Couch then re-entered the vehicle and fled down the driveway at a high-rate of speed to what the officer believes was the driver's home. The driver then exited the vehicle, approached the officer and began screaming and yelling and physically resisted arrest and a Taser was used to bring the driver under control. Couch was later transported to IU Health and medically cleared after officers obtained a blood sample for alcohol intoxication and transported to the Lawrence County Jail. Couch is facing charges of resisting arrest by fleeing, resisting arrest by force, reckless driving.

A Lawrence County man was arrested Wednesday and he is accused of throwing heroin under a police car outside the Lawrence County jail. At 12:03 p.m., a Lawrence County Police Department officer was entering his vehicle on 15th Street when he noticed a white Cadillac sitting on the south side of the jail near the fence.. A man, later identified as 26 year old Matthew Johnson, of Bedford, was standing near the fence.The officer drove around the block, came back up the street and confronted Johnson. Two other people also were in the Cadillac. More officers arrived, and they noticed a white plastic container sitting under the original responding officer’s car. When it was checked, it was a tan, powdery substance which appeared to be heroin and later field-tested positive for heroin. When police checked video footage, they saw Johnson throw the container under the officer’s vehicle. Johnson was possibly trying to deliver heroin to the jail. 26 year old Matthew Johnson, of Bedford, was charged with possession of a narcotic drug.







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