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, December14th, 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.
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.
Thursday, December 8th, 2016
Indiana Conservation Officers, along with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and local rescue personnel rescued a Harrison County man after finding him unconscious in the Harrison-Crawford State Forest late yesterday evening. 59 year old Ronald Harris of Corydon was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital for hypothermia and minor injuries. Shortly after 3:30 p.m. yesterday, Harrison County Dispatch received a call from Harris’ relatives and co-workers that were concerned for his safety. Harris had left work and was believed to have been headed to the Harrison-Crawford State Forest, where he had hiked and hunted in the past. Indiana Conservation Officers, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, Harrison Township Fire Department, and Harrison County EMS responded and eventually located Harris’ vehicle in a parking area along Old Forest Road. Indiana Conservation Officers deployed their K-9 “Derby”, and tracked the rugged terrain for over an hour with no sign of Harris. Since Harris was not answering his cell phone, and with temperatures dropping, both Harrison County and Indiana Conservation Officers’ Dispatch “pinged” his cell phone to better narrow their search. With the aid of GPS coordinates, Derby tracked directly to Harris, who was found blue and unconscious on an incline, with his airway constricted by a small tree supporting his weight, after an apparent fall. After repositioning Harris and clearing his airway, officers and rescue personnel treated him for hypothermia and carried him out of the woods in a Stokes basket, where he was immediately airlifted for treatment.
About a hundred people attended the Donor Appreciation Dinner of the Orange County Community Foundation Tuesday night. The meeting was held at the Legend of French Lick. Imojean Dedrick, Executive Director, announced the selectees for the 2016 Emerging Philanthropist of the Year, from Springs Valley, and the Philanthropist of the Year, Bill Teagarden an Orleans resident. The Foundation administers 163 funds and spearheaded beautification efforts in Orange County. The mission of the foundation is to build a better community together with donors, local organizations and the people of Orange County. Executive Director Imojean Dedrick also served as the Orange County Bicentennial Chairperson, coordinating 34 Bicentennial events this year.
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
A Jasonville couple needs the public's help after they lost their home and everything in it after a wood stove fire Saturday. Amber Powell and Clifford Burdette says the fire rekindled early Sunday morning destroying what little remained inside the home. Jasonville Assistant Fire Chief Mike Duckworth says firefighters were called to the home at 10:47 p.m. Saturday and were on the scene for about two hours. When firefighters arrived the back of the home was engulfed in flames. Lewis and Wright Township Fire Departments were called to the scene to assist. Powell was in bed when the fire started, but Burdette was downstairs and noticed smoke coming from the flue. He attemped to put out the fire with water. He then called 911. The fire damaged the back room and part of the upstairs. The Red Cross put the couple in a hotel for the night. On Sunday morning the fire rekindled, not once but twice, causing extensive damage and consumed everything that remained inside. The couple's dog died when the fire first rekindled. They had left Alize, their pet of nine years, in a kennel inside a safe part of the home when they went to stay at the hotel. Powell works at McDonald's full-time, but her fiance is disabled and on dialysis. The couple has set up a GoFundMe page for donations. The couple is currently using a camper on the property for temporary housing.
Nashville (Brown County) - A pickup truck that had earlier been reported stolen from Bloomington was found late Monday afternoon, just after it had been driven into a tree on Country Club Road, just east of Nashville. Jesse Irvin Richardson, 28 of Bloomington was found to be in possession of the 1995 Ford F150 pickup truck after the crash had occurred. Investigators learned the truck had been driven at a high rate of speed and was unable to negotiate a curve, thereby leaving the roadway, striking a fence and ultimatley a tree. Richardson was then air lifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, suffering from compound fractures. Both the crash and ensuing criminal investigation are currently ongoing.
A former Monroe County Jail administrated pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $260,000 in county funds. Karen Sue Bridges of Mitchell was indicted in the fall of 2015 on one charge of embezzlement, three charges of mail fraud and three counts of wire fraud. Bridges had worked at the jail for 20 years. She pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis. The other charges were dismissed in a negotiated plea deal. According to court records, Judge Sarah Evans Baker sentenced Bridges to 18 months in federal prison, six months on house arrest and then 18 months on supervised probation. She will be jailed in a facility close to her home so her two teenage daughters can visit her.. According to the federal indictment, Bridges stole envelopes containing cash bond payments from a safe that only she could access and then created fake invoices for inmate medical care to get refund checks for overpayments. She also took cash from the She also took cash from inmate commissary funds, money left for prisoner to buys items while incarcerated. She told officials the inmates were just "vulnerable victims" since no one believed them when they reported their money was gone. Bridges told officials she couldn't remember what she spent the stolen money on, just that she used the cash to supplement her income, "a means to maintain a lifestyle beyond her means".
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
Jasper police arrested two people for multiple counts after responding to a theft from a private residence early Monday morning. From an article in the Dubois County Free Press, Police were called to the residence where the theft occurred at about 12:25 a.m. During the investigation, officers were led to 108.5 E. Eighth Street where they found a female resident, Jessica M. Messmer, 25, in need of medical attention from suspected narcotic use.As officers attempted to render medical attention, Messmer became extremely combative according to police. She was taken to Memorial Hospital for medical clearance.According to police, they located medication, a checkbook and a set of vehicle keys that had been reported stolen from the private residence.Shane A. Fellers, 38, of the same address, was also taken into custody and charged with a Level 6 felony count of possession of a hypodermic needle and a Class A misdemeanor count of possession of stolen property. Messmer was charged with a Level 6 felony count of forgery and misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property, theft, check deception and resisting law enforcement.Both were book ed into the Dubois County Security Center
The Orleans Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring their annual “Christmas on the Square” event. Festivities are planned for Saturday, December 10th from 5-7pm. The chamber is seeking school and community groups and individuals to perform holiday music. Contact Robert Henderson at email@example.com or call 865-9930An off-duty Dubois County Sheriff’s Deputy stepped in to break up a fracas in Walmart Thursday night. Jasper police were called to the store at about 10:45 p.m. for the report of an altercation between two men. When they arrived, Deputy Jesus Monarrez informed them he had witnessed the altercation between Nathan L. Phillips, 24, of Jackson Street, Jasper, and Donald A. Demotte, 19, County Road 200N, Otwell. Monarrez told police he heard the two men yelling at each other and he observed Phillips push a cart into Demotte’s father. Demotte then punched Phillips in the side of the head in what was reported as an attempt to defend his father. After that, Monarrez was able to subdue Demotte and ordered Phillips to sit on the floor to separate the two men. Jasper police charged both men with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and were lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted at the scene
Monday, December 5th, 2016
Bedford Firefighters battled a Rafter fire at a home located at 620 W Street Friday afternoon in Bedford. Firefighters responded to the blaze at 12:18 p.m. According to reports, Firefighters went into the attic, where they discovered flames in the ceiling rafters. They extinguished it using salvage covers and fuel-load removal techniques. One person was injured after a ceiling fan fell in a bedroom and landed on a woman's foot. She did not require medical attention. Firefighters were on the scene until about 1:30 p.m.
A former Washington County man was sentenced to four years at the Indiana Department of Correction with one year suspended after he plead guilty to one felony count of child exploitation. In July 2014, 25-year-old Isaac Wililam Schmitt of Pekin was arrested after the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Childre Task Force and Indiana State Trooper arrested him at his home in Pekin. The arrest was the result of a tip relayed to officers from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, (NCMEC), of a subject allegedly uploading child pornography to an internet account. As officers began their investigation it led to Borden, where troopers found Schmitt at his place of employment. After speaking with Schmitt, officers along with Schmitt went to his home in Pekin. After completing a search, officers seized his personal computer. Schmitt was then arrested on felony charges of possession of child pornography and child exploitation.
Paoli Head Football Coach Brian Balsmeyer has resigned as Head Varsity Football Coach. Balsmeyer explained, that he wanted to spend more time with family, with his wife laura and to watch his twin daughters play Volleyball at Alabama A & M. In his 11 seasons he compiled a 80 and 48 record. Balsmeyer will retain his teaching position with the school. A search for a new coach is undwerway.
Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Former Loogootee police officer Glen Akles 51 of Loogootee reportedly committed suicide after being arrested this week. Akles was arrested Wednesday night after an investigation by Martin County authorities including the Indiana Department of Child Services. He was charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and patronizing a prostitute. After his arrest, he bonded out of the Martin County Jail. Martin County Prosecutor Mike Steiner confirmed a call to 9-1-1 was received around 4pm. When officials arrived they discovered Akles was suffering from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. He was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital where he died two hours later.
Two people were injured in a crash at the intersection of John Williams Boulevard and Becky Skillman Way Thursday in Bedford. According to Bedford police report, At 6:05 p.m., 44 year old Rachel Hudson of Mitchell was stopped at a stop sign on Becky Skillman Way, preparing to make a left turn onto John Williams Boulevard in her silver 1996 Mercury Sable GS. At the same time, 25 year old Khushboo Patel, of Elkhart, was driving east in the right lane on John Williams Boulevard in a red 2008 Toyota Sienna. Hudson told police Patel’s vehicle had its right turn signal on, which led to her to think the van was turning onto Becky Skillman Way. Hudson pulled onto John Williams Boulevard, then Patel’s van struck the left side of Hudson’s Hudson, , complained of pain to a knee, lower leg and foot and was taken to a hospital by an IU Health Bedford Hospital ambulance. 8 year old David Troxel, of Williams, was Hudson’s passenger and he complained of head pain. Hudson was trapped in the car after the crash, and Bedford Fire Department also responded to the scene.
An off-duty Dubois County Sheriff’s Deputy stepped in to break up a fight in the Jasper Walmart Thursday night. Jasper police were called to the store at about 10:45 p.m. for the report of an altercation between two men 24 year old Nathan Phillips of Jasper and 19 year old Donald Demotte . When they arrived, Deputy Jesus Monarrez informed them he had witnessed the Phillips and Demotte. Monarrez told police he heard the two men yelling at each other and he observed Phillips push a cart into Demotte’s father. Demotte then punched Phillips in the side of the head in what was reported as an attempt to defend his father. After that, Monarrez was able to subdue Demotte and ordered Phillips to sit on the floor to separate the two men. Jasper police charged both men with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and were booked into the Dubois County Jail. Jasper Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted at the scene.
Thursday, December 1st, 2016
A former with the Loogootee Police Department has been arrested. 51 year old Glen Akles of Loogootee was arrested Wednesday on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor and patronizing a prostitute. According to a e Martin County Sheriff's Department press release, officer and caseworkers with the Department of Child Services investigated allegations that an officer had participated in sexual misconduct with a minor and also employed the use of a prostitute. Akles is being held in the Martin County Jail. Police say the case is still under investigation.
An employee at Indiana University in Bloomington will plead guilty in a negotiated plea agreement to a charge of possession of child pornography. Former IU Ethics Director Jon Riveire was arrested after police found photos of a sex act between an adult man and a girl, between the ages of 3 and 5, in Riveire's email. After obtaining a search warrant, they reported finding 30 additional images of child pornography on Riveire's IU-issued computer. He had worked at IU since 2007, first as a residence hall director and was the assistant director for student conduct at IU's Office of Student Ethics
Indiana Conservation Officers are reaching out to the public to attempt to identify who left a deer carcass thrown in the landscaping of the Jasper Sports Complex. If you know the responsible party please contact 1-800-847-4367 . “We would love to discuss alternate waste removal options with the responsible party,” they wrote.
Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Rick Emerick, Director of the Orange County Emergency Management says the Orange County Commissioners have lifted the burn ban in Orange County, due to recent rainfall. The Orange County Career Fair will take place today from 1-5pm. Location is the Orange County Community Building on Sandy Hook Road in Paoli,, next to the fairgrounds. There is no fee to participate. The career fair is sponsored by WorkOne South Central, Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Paoli Chamber of Commerce and French Lick-West Baden Chamber of Commerce.
Carrying a handgun without a license is a crime in Indiana. However, state Rep. Him Lucas of Seymour says he’s bringing up a bill next year to try and change that. Lucas told CBS 4 in Indianapolis he believes it’s immoral to make innocent people jump through hoops to carry a handgun. Guy Relford, a gun rights attorney, says even if the bill is passed, people would still have to pass a federal background check.
Monday, November 28th, 2016
A Lawrence County teen suffered injuries after a crash on Rabbitsville Road in Mitchell Sunday. According to police reports, At 3:39 a.m., a person reported he heard a loud boom and a horn honking on Rabbitsville Road, just south of Stevens Lane. The caller said he went to the scene and found 16 year old Dayton Shaw of Bedford, who needed medical attention, in the back seat on the passenger’s side. Shaw was a passenger in the vehicle; the driver was not at the scene. Police say 17 year old Christopher Burris of Bedford was the driver. Burris appeared to have been traveling south on Rabbitsville at a high speed before losing control. The car ran then off the road, which caused the back passenger side to hit a utility pole. The car then spun, and came to a rest. Shaw suffered “substantial injuries to the entire body” and was transported to a Bedford hospital by IU Health Bedford Hospital ambulance. A second passenger, Josh McGill was also in the vehicle during the crash but additional information on McGill was not included in the report. Burris left the accident scene and went to a family member’s house and later was given a blood-alcohol test and results are pending.
A Greene County man was injured but fled the scene of an accident Saturday night on North Sandstone Road. According to a Lawrence County Police report, officers were alerted to the accident at 8:41 p.m. 36-year-old Shawn Dotson of Bloomfield was traveling south on North Sandstone Road in a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado when the truck ran off the road through a yard at 599 North Sandstone Road damaging a stone walkway and landscaping. The truck continued through the yard onto a tree stump where it damaged some statues that were on the stump. The vehicle stopped on top of the stump. A volunteer firefighter who was in the area stopped to see if Dotson needed medical attention. The firefighter attempted to render first aid because Dotson had suffered a large gash on his head and was bleeding. Dotson refused medical treatment and was uncooperative with the firefighter and left the scene walking south on North Sandstone Road.The firefighter told police Dotson smelled of alcohol.Police checked the area for Dotson and were unable to locate him.
Friday, November 25, 2016
In the early morning hours of Thursday, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office received a request to attempt to locate Justin Crosby for a welfare check from a family member who believed his life may be in danger. During the search for Crosby, Officers went to a residence he owns at 105 Poplar Street in Loogootee. After several times of knocking on the front door without receiving a res ponse while the Officers were hearing and seeing people moving inside the residence Mike Kane exited the rear door of the residence and was met by Officers. During interactions with the Officers Kane tossed his phone and wallet on the ground, with those items was a small bag of suspected methamphetamine. Kane informed the Officers that he lived at this residence and they were welcome to go inside and look for Crosby. As Officers walked through the residence looking for Crosby they observed several items of drug paraphernalia. Deputy Salmon then contacted Martin County Prosecutor Steiner to prepare a search warrant to present to Martin County Judge Ellis for the residence. Judge Ellis signed the warrant approving the search at 6:09 am. At 6:29 am the search was conducted resulting in the arrest of the nine residents. Arrested was 19 year old Ashlyn Jewell, 19 year old Morgan Wells, 36 year old Joshua Payne, 25 year old Devon Payne, 30 year old Christian Stinebaugh, 33 year old Justin Crosby, 35 year old Mike Kane, 39 year old James Brim Jr. and 28 year old Brad Zins, all of Loogootee. Assisting Deputy Salmon in this investigation were Martin County Sheriff Roush, Chief Deputy Greene, Deputy Reed along with his K9 partner Vrika, Loogootee Officer Norris, Daviess County Sheriff Deputies Sturgis, Mann, and Harmon with his K9 partner Focus.
Firefighters from the Bedford Fire Department battled a mobile home fire at Collins Trailer Park on Tuesday. Firefighters were called to the scene at 12:26 p.m. Flames were shooting out of the south end of the trailer when firefighters arrived. The mobile home was vacant and being dismantled. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Dale native Florence Henderson, whose portrayal of Carol Brady on the iconic television show “The Brady Bunch” created an idealized mother figure for an entire generation, died Thursday. She was 82. Henderson died from heart failure about 7:30 p.m. while surrounded by her four children. She began her show business career at 17, Henderson was a well-known nightclub entertainer performing in Texas when she was asked to audition for the role that would change her life, portraying Carol Brady on the Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974. Born in 1934 on Valentine’s Day, in Dale, Henderson was the youngest of 10 children of a homemaker and a tobacco sharecropper.
Wednesday, November 23d, 2016
A Lawrence County woman was arrested after she allegedly smacked her mother Friday. Bedford Police arrested 39-year-old Johnni Salmon, of 2903 Washington Ave., on a charge of battery resulting in bodily injury. Around 3pm, ., officers were called to a home in the 2900 block of Washington Avenue for a battery report. According to Assistant Chief Joe DeWees says Salmon grabbed and then smacked her mother because she was upset after her mother took her to a local dentist office and they wouldn't let Salmon take her dog inside. The two then left the dentist office and went home where Salmon became upset and got into an altercation with her mother. The mother was able to flee the home and call police. . Salmon is being held in the Lawrence County jail on a $5,000 surety or $505 cash.
Orange County Career Fair will be on Wednesday, November 30th from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m.. The job fair will be held at the Orange County Community Building located at 1075 N. Sandy Hook Road in Paoli. There is no fee to participate. The career fair will be sponsored by WorkOne South Central, Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Paoli Chamber of Commerce, and French Lick-West Baden Chamber of Commerce. This career fair allows employers the opportunity to share information and discuss job opportunities with community members. Employers are encourage to come and promote all job positions they may have, including Co-ops, Internships, Seasonal, Part-time and Full-time positions. Employers are encouraged to come and promote all job positions available, including co-ops, internships, seasonal, part-time and full-time positions. Space is limited to the first 40 businesses. To register, call (812) 279-4400, ext. 227, or send an email to Earl Isom at firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday
A teen accused of causing three deaths in a wreck along Interstate 69 this month had been drinking heavily on the Indiana University campus, according to an arrest affidavit. The crash killed three members of the Rinehart family of Newburgh, and injured a fourth as their car sat disabled alongside the highway. According to the affidavit, 19-year-old Mason Hartke of Jasper, Indiana, was visiting friends in Bloomington for the weekend before he tried to return home to Dubois County in the early hours of Nov. 13. Hartke didn't make it. Instead, his truck veered off the road and slammed into the Rineharts' Honda Civic. David Rinehart, 46; Ruth Ann Rinehart, 74; and Sophie Rinehart, 17, all died in the crash. David Rinehart was a pastor at Crossroads Christian Church, and Sophie Rinehart was a student at Castle High School. Josie Rinehart, 18, survived injuries sustained in the wreck. Hartke, whose blood-alcohol level was reportedly tested at almost 0.16 percent more than two hours after the crash, Police estimated the truck was going about 76 mph when it hit the Civic.
Tuesday, November 22d, 2016
Perry Clear Creek firefighters battled a houseboat fire Saturday morning near the Cutright Boat Ramp at Lake Monroe. According to of the Department of Natural Resources, an Indianapolis man told authorities he had been doing year-end maintenance work to the docked boat, and gasoline from a gas can accidentally spilled and caught fire. The man reported he attempted to retrieve the fire extinguisher kept inside a cabinet on the Carver houseboat, but could not safely reach it. So he pushed it out into the lake in an effort to prevent the fire from spreading to other property. Members of the Perry-Clear Creek firefighters used the department's fire boat to reach the boat that was engulfed in flames. Crews then worked to retrieve the remains of the boat from the water which floated over to the shoreline and sunk. Officials are not certain what ignited the spilled gasoline, and the case remains under investigation
Indiana Conservation Officers have added Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) to their search and rescue capabilities. The DNR Law Enforcement Division is the first state emergency response agency to receive official endorsement to utilize these devices for the purpose of search and rescue operations. "The SUAS machines will greatly enhance our ability to bring quick resolve in finding lost children, hikers, hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and injured people", said Captain Keith Dinn, Support Services Assistant Commander. "The training and expertise our certified pilots have received gives me confidence that our officers and other emergency responding agencies will have a much higher rate of success in locating citizens in need with a much quicker response time."
Currently, five Indiana Conservation Officers have become certified pilots of the SUAS machines and will be prepared for statewide response. The DNR Law Enforcement Division has two SUAS units with future goals of adding more to the fleet. Along with the ability to locate lost citizens, the SUAS will map out the obstacles for the emergency response personnel and provide knowledge of dangers before encountering the obstacle.
Monday, November 21st, 2016
The half inch of rain the area received Friday was not enough for local officials to recommend removing the burn ban covering Dubois County. The burn ban was put into effect November 3 at the recommendation of the county’s fire chiefs and will remain in effect until they deem it is safe to resume burning activities. Also the Burn Ban in Orange County is still in place as well. The ban prohibits: Open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as wood or other combustible matter, with the exception of grills fueled by charcoal briquettes or propane; The burning of debris, such as timber or vegetation, including such debris that results from building construction activities; Campfires and other recreational fires.
Friday, November 18th, 2016
A Jackson County woman was injured in a one vehicle accident in eastern Lawrence County early Thursday morning. According to a Lawrence County Police Department accident report, 24 year old Shiqann Johnson, of Medora, was traveling west on Sparksville Road approaching Williams Street in her 1995 Ford F350 truck. A deer jumped in front of her vehicle. She swerved to avoid hitting the deer, and her right front wheel went off of the roadway. Loose dirt and leaves caused the vehicle to travel further off the roadway, hitting several small trees along the way. The vehicle then struck a larger pine tree causing the rear of the truck to come into the road before rolling onto its side. It would have continued to roll, but was stopped by another tree. The truck came to rest on the driver's side. Johnson was initially stuck in the vehicle with her leg under the steering wheel and was freed from the wreckage by Bedford Fire Department extrication. She was taken by Seals EMS to IU Health with incapacitating injuries to her knee, lower leg and foot. She was wearing a seatbelt. The vehicle, registered to Benjamin Love of Medora, had to be towed from the scene.
A motorcycle driver was airlifted to a trauma center following a one-vehicle accident near the intersection of Sorrells and Kings Ridge roads in Spice Valley Township west of Bryantsville Thursday afternoon. According to a Lawrence County Police Department accident report, 48 year old Ty Osborne, of Bloomington, was operating his 2016 Honda CRF on Sorrells Road and attempting to turn onto Kings Ridge Road. Osborne was traveling too fast to negotiate the turn and went left of center and over an embankment. He was wearing a helmet and the helmet struck a road sign as his vehicle was leaving the roadway. Osborne was taken from the scene by ambulance and was airlifted to a trauma center. He suffered severe bleeding from his head.
Thursday, November 17th, 2016
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the former treasurer of the Newberry Volunteer Fire Department. According to Indiana State Police, 57-year-old Earlana Hall reportedly admitted to writing checks to herself while she was treasurer of the Newberry Volunteer Fire Department. The audit on the fire department's checking account highlighted a total of $12,140 as likely being used to personally benefit the Halls. Hall is facing four counts of Level 6 Felony theft and a warrant was issued for her arrest November 15. The investigation began in October 2015 after an internal audit detected several discrepancies from Hall's time as the treasurer. According to police, that in 2014, the fire department's account went from $14,000 to $2,000 in 18 months.
A Tuesday evening crash on U.S. 50 in Martin County was the result of a deer crossing the roadway. At 6:09 p.m. Indiana State Trooper Andrew Beaver was patrolling U.S. 50 and had turned to initiate a traffic stop for a speeding violation. As he turned around to face west, he observed a two vehicle crash that had just happened. As he pulled up to the scene, Trooper Beaver found a pickup truck on its side and an SUV in the roadway. The investigation showed that 41-year-old Deanna Smith, of Shoals was driving westbound on U.S. 50 when a deer entered the roadway, standing near the center line. At the same time, Jason Robbins, of Shoals was driving eastbound towards Smith and the deer. Both Smith and Robbins swerved to miss the deer, but each swerved towards the center line. Impact from the collision caused Robbins' truck to overturn onto its passenger side, trapping him inside the vehicle. Robbins was cut from the truck by Martin County Civil Defense and the Loogootee Fire Department. He was transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper after complaining of rib and leg pain. Smith was treated at the scene for minor injuries. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash, greatly reducing the extent of injuries to each driver. The Indiana State Police would like to remind motorists that, particularly during deer season, drivers should not swerve to avoid deer in the roadway. Evasive maneuvers in which a motorist drives off of the roadway or leaves their lane poses a greater risk of having a severe crash as opposed to colliding with the animal. In this crash, even though both drivers attempted to avoid the deer, the deer was still struck prior to the vehicles crashing into each other.
Monday, November 14th, 2016
A driver was flown to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis after suffering injuries in a crash at the entrance of Spring Mill State Park. According to police reports, 21 year old Jonathan D. Hattabaugh of Mitchell, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier east on State Road 60 East near the park entrance at 7:05 p.m. Sunday. At the same time, 32 year old Matthew J. Wronowicz, of Bedford was driving a 2009 General Motors Sierra pickup truck. A witness told police Wronowicz was stopped on State Road 60 East, waiting to turn into the park. He had his turn signal on. The witness also told investigating officers Hattabaugh rear-ended the truck. Hattabaugh was trapped inside his vehicle. Marion Township Rural Fire Department and the Bedford Fire Department responded to the scene to assist law enforcement. Members of the fire departments extricated him from the car and he was taken to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital in Bedford by a Seals ambulance where he waited for a helicopter to transfer him to the Indianapolis hospital. Wronowicz, who is the assistant property manager at Spring Mill, also was injured. He reported to police that he had a sore neck, but he said he would wait to go to a hospital with family members. The truck Wronowicz was driving was his personal vehicle. During an investigation of the crash, police learned Hattabaugh has a suspended license. Also, there was no insurance for the car and the license plate for the car was not registered with that car, but for a different vehicle owned by Hattabaugh’s wife. Hattabaugh received citations for driving with a suspended license, operating a vehicle without financial responsibility and false and fictitious registration.
Three people were arrested early Saturday for multiple drug charges after they fled police in a vehicle. 32 year old Amanda Bridgewater, of Bloomington, was driving a 1990 GMC Jimmy along State Road 37 near Main Street in Mitchell when Bedford police pulled it over for an expired license plate. As the officer got out of his patrol car and approached the Jimmy, Bridgewater drove off south on State Road 37. Bridgewater drove through Mitchell and Orleans before stopping at the intersection of State Road 37 and County Road 250 North, between Orleans and Paoli. At that time the police car came to a stop beside the Jimmy. At that point, the vehicle turned right, clipped the front of the police car and drove into a field. The vehicle stopped and two male passengers in the car, 22-year-old Calvin Bland of Bloomington and 30-year-old Cory Turner, also of Bloomington, refused to get out of the vehicle. Officers had to forcibly remove them from the SUV. Police found methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin and several syringes in the vehicle. The suspects were taken to the Lawrence County jail, where jail officers found a small bag of drugs in Turner’s pocket. All three were booked into the Lawrence County Jail with bonds set at $7,500 surety or $755 cash.
Friday, November 11th, 2016
A 20-year-old Monroe County man is seriously hurt and his roommate is in jail after shooting him in the face with a handgun. Both are Indiana University students. According to reports, police were called to an apartment in the 500 block of South Junya Street, off Patterson Drive near West Third Street, just before 10 p.m. after the injured man's girlfriend called police to report the incident. The 20-year-old woman told police the three had been drinking throughout the day. She and the accused shooter were outside on a deck, applying pressure to the injured man's face with a towel, when rescue workers arrived. According to Bloomington Police Department Capt. Steve Kellams, Trenton Kirchmeier was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital, then flown by medical helicopter to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He was listed in critical condition Thursday afternoon. Police arrested his roommate, 21-year-old Jason Cox, on preliminary charges of aggravated battery and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $15,000 surety, $500 cash. Cox is expected to appear in court next week to be formally charged.
General Motors Wednesday announced initiatives to strengthen and align its production output at key U.S. manufacturing operations. The plans include investing more than $900 million in three facilities - Toledo Transmission Operations in Ohio, Lansing Grand River in Michigan and Bedford Casting Operations in Indiana - to prepare the facilities for future product programs.The company will invest $37 million to support future product programs in Bedford, retaining 45 jobs. Project Details Details about program timing and applications will be released at a later date. Including Wednesday's announcement, GM has invested more than $336 million into the Bedford plant since 2010.The Bedford Powertrain currently employees 870, of those 689 are hourly and 181 salaried. The Bedford plant products include transmission casings, converter housings, heads, and small gas engine blocks. As the customer shift from cars to crossovers and trucks is projected to continue, GM will suspend the third shift of production at both facilities in the first quarter of 2017.
The East Oolitic community is hosting an honorary breakfast for Congressman Todd Young. Congressman Todd Young pulled off a win Tuesday, that months ago seemed politically improbable as the Republican defeated Evan Bayh for Indiana's open U.S. Senate seat. The breakfast will be held Saturday, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. Because the group is expecting a large crowd, the breakfast has been moved from the East Oolitic Community Center to the East Oolitic Community Church Fellowship Hall on East Oolitic Road. The all you can eat breakfast will consist of eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, waffles, orange juice, milk and coffee. Tickets are $6 at the door.
Thursday, November 10th, 2016
A passenger complained of back pain following a two-vehicle accident that occurred on State Road 37 and State Road 158 at 11:35 a.m. in Lawrence County Wednesday. According to police reports, 34 year old James Webb, of Williams was traveling south on State Road 37 in a 2011 GM Yukon and was approaching the intersection. Webb disregarded a stoplight and struck a 2001 Dodge Dakota driven by 53 year old Oliver Chastain of Mitchell was in the northbound lane, as it was turning west onto State Road 158. The two vehicles then collided in the southbound lane. Injured was 36 year old Tammy White, of Williams, who was a front-seat passenger in the Yukon. She was transported from the scene by an IU Health Bedford Hospital ambulance. Webb was cited with disregarding a traffic control device.
A Lawrence County man was arrested arrested by the Mitchell Police Department on Monday on drug charges. Information provided by Lawrence Superior Court II states that 35 year old Estell Hetrick, of Mitchell is charged with possession of methamphetamine, Level 6 felony, and possession of a controlled substance, Class A misdemeanor. He also is charged with resisting law enforcement, also a Class A misdemeanor. A probable cause document filed with the court states that an officer came into contact with Hetrick on Monday and found him in possession of meth and the substance in Hetrick’s possession field-tested positive for meth. Hetrick remains in the Lawrence County jail and has no bond. He was released from jail on his own recognizance earlier on a separate charge.
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
On election day Tuesday, here in Orange County, there were 8,471 votes cast. The turnout was 54% of the registered voters in the county. The Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are stepping up security at the governor’s residence now that Gov Mike Pence will become the next Vice President of the United States.
Orange county is in a rural area and supports hunting and fishing . The Indiana Right to Hunt and Fish amendment, also known as Public Question 1, was on Tuesday’s ballot as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment. It was approved by a vote of 79.44%. The bill will preserve the future of hunting and fishing and as a preferred method of wildlife management. The amendment was added to the Indiana Bill of Rights.
Congressman Todd Young pulled off a win Tuesday, that months ago seemed politically improbable as the Republican defeated Evan Bayh for Indiana's open U.S. Senate seat.Young, a Bloomington Republican, was out-funded and not as well-known as Bayh, a former two-term U.S. senator and Indiana governor. But throughout the campaign, Young put Bayh on the defensive as the Democrat struggled to address questions over his Indiana residency and whether he used his standing as a senator to fuel a lucrative career after he originally left office in 2011. For Young, his win over Bayh could have national implications. Republicans viewed the race as key in determining control of the Senate
Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
Today is election day 2016.. By all means get out and vote and make your choice count. WFLQ will have complete election coverage this evening from the polls and the Orange County Courthouse. As well out website will have complete updates and final results.
Crews will begin work to repair the iron bridge when a semi drove onto it Christmas day last year with a load of bottled water, weighing nearly six times the posted limit causing the structure to collapse. Repair work on the bridge will begin in a few weeks. The bridge, constructed in the 1850s is a Select Structure on the National Register of Historic Places and replacing it with a modern bridge could have jeopardized future federal transportation funding for Orange County. CLR Inc. will make the repairs for an estimated $748,875. The trucking company's insurance carrier, Progressive, will pay for the repairs. The contract requires that CLR Inc. complete the work within 270 days. The insurance company said they will not pay the cost of repainting portions of the bridge. That cost is estimated at $39,975 and will be paid by the county. County leaders are considering adding height clearance bars to the bridge's entrances to deter large trucks from trying to cross it. , 24-year-old Mary Lambright of Fredericksburg the semi driver is facing a Class B misdemeanor charge of reckless operation of a tractor-trailer. She entered a plea of not guilty and is scheduled for a bench trial in Orange Superior Court on March 22 at 9 a.m. She was also cited for disregarding a traffic control device, the signage on the bridge with the posted weight limit, and for traveling with an overweight load on a posted bridge. Officials say the semi, leased to Louisville Logistics, was carrying 43,000 pounds of bottled water. Police say Lambright couldn't comprehend how much six tons was - the weight limit posted on the bridge. The tractor-trailer and load weighted more than 30 tons. After the accident the company fired Lambright and then went out of business.
A two-story home near Cuzco was destroyed in a fire last night. According to authorities, Dubois Volunteer Firefighters were called to the report of an explosion on East Dubois-Cuzco Road. Jack Davenport and his wife Verna escaped from the home without injury. The couple’s dogs were killed in the fire. They told firefighters they didn’t know how the fire started but that it started near the back porch of the home. Davenport said he woke up to the flames which were already very extensive at the back door. He made one unsuccessful attempt at extinguishing them before the couple vacated the home. Mr. Davenport stated that they did not have insurance on the home and he could not confirm if the camper was insured either. He was in contact with the Red Cross and was going to receive assistance. The family would be staying at a neighbor’s house for the night and stated that he would have a place to stay long term as well. The cause of the fire remains undetermined. Dubois firefighters responded with three trucks and 25 men and were assisted by Celestine Volunteer Fire Department who had
Monday, November 7th, 2016
General Elections will be held tomorrow in Indiana and across the United States. Q-100 will bring you Election results tomorrow beginning at 6PM. Here's a Link to what's on the Orange County Ballots http://www.wflq.com/MayPrimary2016.htm
Indiana State Police say wet roads contributed to a fatal collision that killed a Bloomington woman Thursday morning. The accident was reported at 9:21 a.m. Thursday at Fairfax and Schacht roads. According to troopers, 33-year-old Rhiannah David of Plymouth was driving a 2008 Toyota west on Fairfax Road,when she lost control of the vehicle on the wet roadway and crossed the centerline. David's car struck the eastbound 2014 moped driven by 38-year-old Erica Sanders. Sanders, of Bloomington, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was thrown from her moped in the crash and had not been wearing a helmet. David was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital for treatment of minor face lacerations.Members of the Monroe County Coroner's Office and Perry-Clear Creek Fire Department assisted Indiana State Police and IU Health Ambulance Service personnel.
Friday, November 4th, 2016
A Orange County man is in intensive care at University of Louisville Hospital after falling from a tree Thursday in the area of County Road 640 North and County Road 200 West, southwest of Orleans. Indiana Conservation Officer Jim Schreck, responded to the call and Vance Elliott who was with 70 year old Ted Larrison, discovered him lying on his back in an unconscious state, but breathing. Larrison fell about 12 to 15 feet from a tree. According to Schreck, Larrison was using climbing sticks to reach his tree stand and the highest set of climbing sticks broke loose, causing Larrison to fall. He was not wearing a safety harness. Before he was transported to a hospital, he eventually became conscious and was talking. He has no broken bones but suffered a head injury.
Today at approximately 12:09 pm, traffic was stop and go on Interstate 65 South Bound at the 2.8 Mile Marker, as part of the normal traffic situation in this area. A 2016 International Box Truck, driven by John O’Bannon, 47, from Louisville, KY, was stopped in the fast lane, with a 2016 Ford Fusion, driven by Nicholas A. Dame, 24, from Boise, ID, stopped in front of him. For an unknown reason, a 2003 Ford pickup truck, pulling a travel trailer, being driven by Carolyn J. Sieving, 72, from Chandlerville, IL, crashed into the rear of the box truck, spinning it around and on top of the 2016 Ford Fusion. The driver of the Ford pickup truck pulling the travel trailer was seriously injured and was transported to University Hospital in Louisville, KY. It is unknown if she was wearing a seat belt. Neither of the other drivers was injured. Both of those drivers were wearing a seat belt. I-65 was closed for nearly one hour due to the crash investigation.
Wednesday, November 2d, 2016
The 55 newest members of the Indiana State Police reported for duty this week at the 14 State Police Posts across the state. On of those is Loogootee native Trooper Steven Nolan. He graduated from Loogootee High School in 1998, Vincennes University in 2003 with an Associate's Degree in Business, and Indiana University in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business. Trooper Nolan previously served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Martin County Sheriff's Department and an Officer with the Loogootee Police Department. Nolan will primarily patrol Dubois County. The Jasper District is very pleased to welcome Trooper Nolan and Troopers Connor Giesler, Ryan Griffith and Nathaniel Kern. The four will work alongside seasoned troopers for the next three months prior to working within their assignments on solo patrol.
Trooper Giesler, originally from Jasper, Indiana, graduated from Jasper High School in 2014 and attended the University of Southern Indiana and Vincennes University Jasper Campus, studying Business Administration. Trooper Giesler will primarily patrol Crawford County. Trooper Griffith, originally from Marengo, Indiana, graduated from Crawford County High School in 2009 and Indiana University Southeast in 2014, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. Trooper Griffith will primarily patrol Crawford County. Trooper Kern, originally from Jasper, Indiana, graduated from Jasper High School in 2011 and Vincennes University in 2014, earning an Associate's Degree in Law Enforcement. Trooper Kern was previously a volunteer fireman with the Jasper Fire Department and a jailer with the Dubois County Sheriff's Department. Trooper Kern will primarily patrol Spencer County.
A deputy and school employee were arrested by the FBI in Vigo County this morning. The FBI arrested two people in Vigo County this morning, including a Vigo County Sheriff's Deputy. Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing says the FBI arrested Sheriff Deputy First Sergeant Frank Shahadey at his home. Shahadey is a 37-year veteran of the department. The FBI also arrested Vigo County School Corporation Transportation Director Frank Fennell. No information regarding the arrests is available at this time because the information has been sealed by a Federal Judge. Shahadey has been placed on administrative leave with pay effective immediately pending a merit board meeting.
The St. Anthony branch of Old National Bank in Dubois County was among the list of closures announced by the Evansville based company during the quarterly report yesterday. The branch was among 15 the company will close in the first quarter of 2017. All of the branch’s employees are expected to be transferred to other area locations, according to the company. Others include branches in Vincennes, Bloomington, Indianapolis, and Terre Haute.
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