Monday, April 6th, 2020
With the forthcoming stimulus checks, there will undoubtedly be those who will attempt to take advantage of the situation. Scammers and swindlers will stop at nothing in an attempt to steal others' money. Here are a few facts from the Internal Revenue Service every Hoosier should know so they aren’t fooled. On March 30th, The Treasury Department and the IRS announced that the distribution of stimulus checks should begin over the next three weeks. The checks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some taxpayers who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus checks. For those who have already filed their 2019 tax returns, the IRS will use this information to calculate the payment amount. For anyone who has not yet filed their return for 2019, the IRS will use data from their 2018 tax filing to calculate the payment. The stimulus checks will be deposited directly into the same banking account reflected on the return filed. Don't give the scammers, swindlers, and frauds an open door. The IRS will not contact you via telephone or email asking for any personal information. All stimulus check information will be automatically gathered by the IRS from your actual tax return data.
A Bedford man was taken into custody after a domestic fight in the 20 block of Fleetwood Addition on Wednesday in Bedford. When police arrived they found 36 year old Joshua Carey of Bedford standing in the yard. While police were investigating, the female victim informed police that Carey became angry when she asked him to be quiet and not wake the sleeping children in the home. According to police Carey then shoved the victim backward twice causing pain to her chest and back. When arresting Carey he became combative and resisted police. According to police after he was cuffed he kicked officers and attempted to head-butt them and refused to be placed into a patrol car. Once inside the patrol car, he continued to be loud and combative with the jail staff. Carey was arrested on charges of domestic battery, domestic battery, domestic battery in the presence of a child under the age of 16 and resisting arrest.
Police arrested a man who was accused of two burglaries on the campus of Indian University in Bloomington. On Friday police arrested 29 year old Stanley Staples after he was captured on video surveillance footage at the University East Apartments and the Acacia Fraternity. The first burglary allegedly happened around 8:20 a.m. on Monday at University East Apartments on East Third Street. Footage shows Staples trying to see which apartments were unlocked and is then seen entering the apartment where he allegedly stole a wallet. According to police the resident in the apartment woke up and saw Staples stealing the wallet. The second burglary was at the Acacia Fraternity and was reported on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. He is accused of stealing several items including a bicycle from area. Staples was arrested on charges of burglary, theft, criminal trespass, possession of synthetic drugs or lookalike substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of a local disaster emergency.
Friday, April 3rd, 2020
On Wednesday at 12:30 AM(EST) Troopers from the Indiana State Police, Jasper Post and the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department responded to a domestic dispute with shots fired on County Road 850 West in Rockport. When police arrived at the scene, they were able to determine that a male was inside of the home and that his wife had fled the home. Officers immediately set up a perimeter and began negotiating with the male subject. The male was identified as 33 year old Eric Hall of Rockport. Hall had reportedly become agitated for unknown reasons and had fired a weapon. Indiana State Police Hostage and Crisis Negotiators then made contact with Hall. After negotiating with Hall for several hours, police and SWAT team members made a forced entry into the residence at 8:30 AM, and placed Hall under arrest. Hall was then transported to the Spencer County Jail. Hall was charged with Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm and Resisting Law Enforcement.
A Lanesville man has been charged in Washington County for multiple felony charges resulting from a domestic battery and confinement incident that allegedly lasted several days. The investigation began on March 26th, when the Indiana State Police were contacted and made aware of the allegations. During the investigation police learned that the incident began on March 21, 2020, when the victim, along with her children, accompanied 33 year old Joshua Hill of Lanesville on a campout trip to an isolated and private campsite in rural Washington County. During the investigation police interviewed both Hill and the victim and obtained separate search warrants on Hills' vehicle and private campsite. Caseworkers with Indiana Child Protective Services also assisted investigators since much of the alleged incident occurred in the children's presence. On Monday, as a result of the investigation, Hill was arrested and charged with Criminal Confinement, Strangulation, Domestic Battery, Neglect of a Dependent and Intimidation. Hill was taken to the Washington County Jail with a $28,000 Full Cash Bond.
Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
A Springville man was taken into custody on a warrant Monday alleging he slammed a person’s head against a wall and did other violent acts. According to police on March 21st police were called to the 700 block of State Road 54 for a domestic violence incident. The alleged victim told police 40 year old David Webb of Springville smacked her in the face, slammed her head against a wall, pushed her over a recliner and choked her. Before police arrived at the scene Webb had allegedly fled the home. Webb was arrested at 12:45 p.m. Monday and booked into the Lawrence County jail. Webb is being charged with strangulation, domestic battery in the presence of a person younger than 16 years old, domestic battery resulting in moderate injury and interference with the reporting of a crime.
A Saturday night report of a domestic dispute led to the arrest of a man on allegations of domestic battery, criminal confinement and interference with the reporting of a crime in Jasper. Police responded to the report at 7:10 p.m. and made contact with the female caller who had visible injuries. The woman alleged 50 year old Jacob Volz of Jasper had confined her and had taken her cellphone during the incident. Volz was arrested by police at his residence. Volz was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 11:31 p.m. on charges of domestic battery and criminal confinement and interference with the reporting of a crime.
A late Friday night report of suspicious activity behind a Jasper store led to an arrest on drug related charges in Jasper. Police were called to activity behind the Big Lots in Jasper at 11:26 p.m. When police arrived they found 38 year old Zackary Wilson of Elberfeld and he was in his girlfriend’s BMW vehicle. During the investigation police obtained a search warrant for that vehicle and a search allegedly found a marijuana bond, a glass smoking pipe and two hypodermic needles. Wilson was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 3:20 a.m. Saturday on charges of unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of paraphernalia. Wilson posted bond a short time later.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road vehicle (ORV) accident that resulted in the death of a Celestine man. 55 year old Keith Thewes was operating his ORV on Monday along a ditch line when the accident occurred. He was found by a family member on private property off of County Road 820 E, half a mile south of State Road 164. Dubois County Dispatch was notified of the ORV rollover accident with entrapment at 3:18 p.m. Thewes was transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper, where he succumbed to his injuries. Before the accident occurred, Thewes was spraying weeds on his property. A sharp change in elevation along the ditch line is believed to be the primary cause of the ORV accident. Responding agencies included the Celestine Fire Department, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Jasper Memorial Hospital EMS and Indiana Conservation Officers.
A woman was arrested by police Sunday evening for unauthorized entry of a vehicle and impaired driving in Jasper. Police were contacted at 7:23 p.m. by a citizen who reported an unknown, intoxicated female that was inside his minivan at a 43rd Street apartment complex. While police were on their way the woman got into another vehicle and left the scene. Police found the 2014 Ford Fusion she was in and conducted a traffic stop in the Germantown Shopping Center parking lot. Police determined the driver 35 year old Allison Doane of Jasper was under the influence of alcohol. According to police Doane’s blood alcohol content tested .186% in a blood draw at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. Doane was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 11:56 p.m. on counts of unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle and operating while intoxicated with a BAC over .15%.
Monday, March 30th, 2020
Police were called Friday to the report of shots fired at a Jasper residence. Police arrived at the apartments at 448 W. 43rd St. around 4 a.m. and heard shots fired. Police observed a suspect on an apartment balcony holding a handgun. The man then fired a shot into the ceiling of the balcony. Police said the man was later identified as 18 year old Maxwell Elliott held the weapon as though he was pointing it at someone. Police later determined the handgun to be a stolen 9mm Glock. Police then ordered Elliott to drop the gun and he did. Elliott was cuffed by police and at one point attempted to flee on foot but was once again detained by police. A search was conducted with consent from a renter of the apartment. Among the items found were synthetic marijuana divided into four separate bags that totaled 125 grams, a digital scale and methamphetamine. Witnesses told police that Elliott was under the influence of acid, had waved the gun around and had two people at direct gunpoint. Elliott also held another person at direct gunpoint to stay in the apartment and would not allow her to leave. Elliott was booked into the Dubois County Jail on charges of criminal confinement with a deadly weapon, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, intimidation with a deadly weapon, resisting law enforcement, dealing in a synthetic drug, possession of a stolen firearm, pointing a firearm at another and possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of synthetic marijuana.
A Jasper man was arrested and charged with several criminal counts that include battery against a public safety official in Washington. Police responded at 8:01 a.m. on Sunday to the report of a battery at the Chuckles gas station in Washington after a female employee told police 47 year old Anthony Welp of Jasper hit her in the face. Welp allegedly walked toward a Burger King after the incident and while police were on the way. A female manager at the Burger King then called police to report that a man came into the restaurant and hit her. Police said the suspect that was later identified as Welp approached them mumbling to himself when he had arrived. Welp was alleged he had advanced toward police in an aggressive manner and had punched an officer in the chest during the arrest. Both females that reported the incidents said they were unprovoked. Welp was arrested and booked into the Daviess County Jail and charged with battery against a public safety official and two misdemeanor counts of battery resulting in bodily injury.
A report of a man sleeping inside his vehicle Sunday morning led to an arrest in Jasper. Police were called to a manufacturing business’ parking lot in the 800 block of West Division Road at 10:42 a.m. after employees tried to wake a man who was sleeping in his vehicle. Police made contact with the man in the vehicle identified as 43 year old Steven Snipes. A police K-9 was brought to the scene to assist and had given a positive indication to the presence of drugs. Snipes was allegedly found to possess a small amount of methamphetamine in his pants pocket. A search of the vehicle also located two metal pipes with burnt residue on them and a DVD box with a mirror inside it. Snipes was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 11:26 a.m. on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.
Thursday, March 26th, 2020
A Salem man was arrested Tuesday after threatening to set his home on fire with his family inside it. Around 3:50 p.m. Firefighters and Police were called to a home on the South Washington School Road in Cambellsburg after a report of a man pouring gasoline around his residence with people inside. According to his wife 52 year old Alferdo Arana Jr had been off his medication and had been drinking that day. Arana’s wife told police she was worried that Arana was going to set the house on fire after pouring gasoline around the home with her children and grandchildren still inside the home. When police arrived they saw Arana sitting in a chair on the front porch and could smell gasoline as they approached. Arana refused to comply with police orders and took an aggressive stance against police. While police were attempting to subdue Arana, he punched a Washington County Deputy. Arana continued yelling obscenities at police and told police he was depressed and wanted to commit suicide by cop. Arana was taken to the Washington County Jail and charged with intimidation, battery against a public official and resisting law enforcement. The Campbellsburg Fire Department stayed to make sure the fire hazards were removed.
A Bedford woman was arrested after police stopped her vehicle for several equipment violations on Tuesday at State Road 37 and 35th Street in Bedford. Police stopped the vehicle and after identifying the driver and passenger police asked for consent to search the vehicle which was denied. While police were writing the driver a warning for the equipment violations a K-9 was called to the scene. The K-9 gave a positive alert on the vehicle. While searching the vehicle officers located a backpack with a substance that tested positive for meth and several syringes. The passenger was identified as 27 year old Shandan Woods and she told police the backpack belonged to her. Woods was arrested on charges of possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of a syringe.
Wednesday, March 25th,2020
A Bedford man was injured after a Saturday night crash his car on Rabbitsville Road in Bedford. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department report police were notified to the crash at 9:56 p.m. on Rabbitsville Road near Woodville Road. According to police 41 year old Troy Sanders was traveling south on Rabbitsville Road in his 2001 Chevrolet Malibu when he crossed over to the left side of the road and collided with a fence. The accident caused damage to the fence and multiple fence posts owned by Carol Hughes at 1273 Rabbitsville Road. Sanders left the scene of the accident and took off on foot. Sanders was found later and taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Mikels Towing was called to the scene and removed the vehicle.
A Williams man was arrested after a police noticed a man acting suspiciously at Revere’s Food and Fuel in Bedford. Police ran the registration plate of the vehicle and it returned to a female that matched the description of the driver. Police were informed that the female did not have a valid driver’s license. Police conducted a traffic stop when the vehicle left the parking lot. The male passenger in the vehicle 43 year old Brandon Hillenburg of Williams gave police a name and date of birth that were false. Police later determined that the male was really Hillenburg and he was wanted on had an active warrant. The female driver was given a ticket for driving while her driver’s license was suspended and Hillenburg was arrested on charges of fraud, theft and identity deception.
A report of an altercation Saturday night at the Dubois Apartments resulted in an arrest. Police were called at 8:47 p.m. and were told 29 year old Breanna Christmon of Birdseye had been extremely verbally abusive inside an apartment because of her level of intoxication. She had been asked to leave but had refused in an incident that ultimately turned physical. Christmon had left the area by the time officers arrived but police soon made contact with her and could tell she was highly intoxicated. Christmon’s blood alcohol content later tested 0.32% in a portable breath test at the police station. Christmon was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 11:52 p.m. on misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
Police were requested to 5th and S Street in Bedford after a report of an unresponsive male passed out inside a running vehicle on Saturday. Police arrived at the scene and located 34 year old Richard Allen of Orleans slumped over in the driver seat. Police were able to wake Allen, but he was very tired and would not respond to police. As police tried to remove Allen from the vehicle he started to resist and tense up. While police were talking with Allen he actively resisted and struck an officer. Police noticed several knives and a handgun on his person. Police also located a baggie containing a large amount of meth on him and while searching his vehicle police located drug paraphernalia, marijuana, several pills, heroin, syringes, legend drugs, and more meth totaling more than 40 grams. Allen was arrested on charges of dealing meth, possession of meth, possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe, resisting arrest, failure to identify.
A wanted man was arrested by police in a parking lot Friday and additional charges were added after drugs were found on him. An anonymous tip at 3:45 p.m. indicated 32 year old Corey Turpin of Jasper, who was wanted on a felony warrant, was currently in a parking lot at Fourth and McCrillus streets. Police arrested Turpin on the active warrant and, while searching him, allegedly located 1 gram of a crystalline substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine; 11 grams of a leafy, plant-like substance that field tested positive for marijuana; a pipe for smoking methamphetamine; a syringe with a small amount of an unknown substance; and a pipe for smoking marijuana. Turpin was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 4:29 p.m. Friday on the active warrant and on charges of possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Turpin’s active warrant alleges he took cash and a computer tablet from a woman. The theft charge was enhanced to a felony due to a prior conviction for the offense.
A Bedford man was arrested after crashing his vehicle into a tree on Friday in Bedford. Police were called to the 600 block of Butterfly Lane at 6:56 p.m in Bedford. When police arrived they found a silver 2011 GMC Sierra truck registered to 38 year old Tyler Henderson crashed into a tree. Henderson’s passenger 51 year old Brian Lagle of Bedford was trapped in the vehicle with a fracture to his lower leg. Henderson left the scene on foot and walked to his home. He was located there by police a short time later and taken into custody. Henderson refused to submit to a breath test for alcohol and a search warrant was obtained to collect a sample of his blood. The results of that sample are pending. Henderson was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated resulting in injury and leaving the scene of an accident.
Thursday March, 20th
Following the directive by Indiana Governor Holcomb that all Indiana schools will be closed until May 1, the IHSAA announced that this year’s IHSAA boys basketball state tournament is officially cancelled. While the Association maintained every hope of continuance, it is now evident those hopes are now unreachable. Updates on the status of IHSAA-sponsored spring sports will be announced at a later time.
Governor Eric Holcomb joined Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer and Democratic Party Chair John Zody have proposed today to announce an agreement to move the date of this year’s Indiana primary election from May 5 to June 2. All dates corresponding with the primary election will be moved by 28 days to reflect the new date of the primary. For example, military and overseas ballots are required to mailed 45 days prior to the primary election, so they’ll move 45 days prior to June 2. Indiana Election Commission Chairman Paul Okeson has called a meeting of the Indiana Election Commission on Wednesday, March 25 at 10 a.m. to discuss the recommendations. The meeting will be held in the south atrium of the Indiana Statehouse. Also Gov Holcomb along with Secretary Lawson, Chairman Hupfer and Chairman Zody made the following recommendations to the Indiana Election Commission. Suspend absentee by-mail rules to allow all Hoosiers the option to vote by mail in the upcoming primary election, Allow county clerks to continually mail ballots from now through 12 days out from the new primary election date, Confirm ballots with a May 5, 2020 date will be valid, Enable medical professionals to be eligible members of traveling boards to vote nursing home and hospital patients, Give family members the ability to deliver absentee ballots. Currently only a member of a voter’s household may take possession of their ballot.
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
Police booked a Jasper man into jail over the weekend on a warrant charging him with multiple counts of theft and criminal mischief. 45 year old Clint Utzman of Jasper is alleged to have taken several items from the Jasper Walmart on three dates in January and damaging packaging in the process. Utzman was accused of taking two JBL Bluetooth speakers, a women’s jacket, a pair of Bluetooth earbuds and a Norelco razor. Jasper Police investigated, and on March 4, a warrant was issued charging Utzman with three counts of theft and three counts of criminal mischief. The theft counts are enhanced to felonies based on a prior conviction. Police booked Utzman into the Dubois County Jail at 6:34 p.m. Saturday on the active warrant.
A Spencer County man was arrested Saturday night after police received a report of a possibly impaired driver in Huntingburg. Police were told to be on the lookout for a Honda SUV in the 200 block of North Chestnut Street. Police saw the vehicle on Chestnut Street and stopped it after seeing it was drifting in its lane of travel and did not have an operable license plate light. Police conducted a traffic stop in the Fourth Street downtown area. Police said the driver 32 year old Sean Muldoon of Dale showed signs of intoxication. He was taken to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center but refused testing. Muldoon continued to refuse testing even after police gained a search warrant for samples. Muldoon was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 3:10 a.m. Sunday on a count of operating while intoxicated. The impaired driving charge was elevated to a felony because of a prior conviction for the offense within the last five years.
A driver in a single-vehicle crash was pronounced dead at the scene in a Monday morning crash in Clark County. Around 12:45 Monday morning, Troopers from the Indiana State Police responded to the report of a vehicle in the tree line on the west side of CR 403 near Bethany Road in Clark County. When officers arrived, they found the car had overturned and collided with a tree. Police and fire units immediately requested air medic helicopters and a local wrecker. After turning the vehicle upright, officers discovered the driver was the sole occupant. The preliminary investigation reports that the vehicle, a black, 2007 Ford Fusion, left the roadway for an unknown reason before overturning and coming to rest against a tree. The driver 35 year old Robert Oliver Sheckles of Charlestown, was pronounced dead on the scene by the Clark County Coroner. ISP Crash Scene Reconstructionists are investigating, and the crash remains under investigation. Investigators believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor in this crash.
Thursday, March 12th, 2020
Indiana State Police initiated a criminal investigation in January, after receiving information from a Bedford couple that they were being stalked and harassed by a local man. The investigation revealed that 80 year old Samuel Shaw of Bedford had allegedly been stalking and harassing a Bedford couple since March of 2019. Shaw had made repeated phone calls to the couple’s business and pursued them by driving past their residence and business on several occasions. The investigation also revealed that Shaw had violated a cease and desist order. After reviewing the investigation, the Lawrence County Prosecutor requested a warrant for Shaw’s arrest. Shaw was arrested at his residence on Wednesday by Trooper Chance Humphrey, and is currently being held in the Lawrence County Jail on a $7,500 bond. Shaw is charged with Stalking and Harassment.
A Bedford man was arrested Monday night after police were called to a home in Bedford. Police were called to a location in the 210 block of Bright Lane in Bedford in reference to a report that 35 year old Caleb Godsey was destroying the inside of the home. Police arrived to find the front door glass of the residence shattered and police also witnessed Godsey run inside the house. Police spoke to the owner of the residence who said Godsey became upset and out of control because the homeowner would not drive him to town. Godsey was located inside the house and Godsey told the officers to ‘move on. Godsey was arrested for criminal mischief for the damage to the front doors as well as other damage found inside the residence. Godsey was taken to the Lawrence County Jail without further incident.
On Tuesday at 8:34, Indiana State police were patrolling I-69 near the 51 mile-marker in Pike County when they used s their radar and clocked a northbound 2014 Jaguar at 116 mph. Police activated their emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver failed to stop and continued to travel north at a high rate of speed. The vehicle continued north into Daviess County reaching speeds over 150 mph before exiting the interstate to US 150 at Washington. The driver lost control as he was attempting to turn west onto US 150 and collided into a concrete wall. Two males exited the vehicle and ran. After a foot chase, police apprehended the driver, who was identified as 24 year old Benjamin Harrison of Miami, Florida. The other male continued to flee on foot. Additional officers set up a perimeter while Washington Police searched the area. 14 minutes later the passenger, who was identified as 23 year old Jason Joseph of Washington was located laying in a field northwest of I-69 near an exit ramp. Harrison and Joseph were transported to the Daviess County Jail where they are currently being held on bond. Harrison was arrested on charges of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, Resisting Law Enforcement and Reckless Driving. Joseph was arrested on a charge of Resisting Law Enforcement.
Wednesday, March 11th, 2020
A Mitchell man was arrested after an alleged dispute with a police officer on Monday. On Monday at 6:51 p.m Police were traveling on Fifth Street in Mitchell when a female waived them down. The woman told police an intoxicated man was touching juveniles. The Lawrence Sheriff’s Department dispatch log stated the man was accused of hitting children. Police reported seeing 34 year old Joseph Agan of Mitchell and another male speaking with each other. A female juvenile in the area told police Agan was following her and making vulgar comments. While police were speaking with Agan they noticed he appeared intoxicated. Police also alleged a fluid from Agan’s mouth hit his face and hand. Police also claimed Agan rubbed his hand over his badge and shoved his left shoulder. Police placed Agan under arrest in which he allegedly resisted. The arresting officer also accused Agan of making threats to kill him. Agan was also accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward a female before police arrived on the scene. Agan was booked into the Lawrence County jail and no bond was set because he was on probation at the time of the arrest. Agan is charged with intimidation, resisting law enforcement, battery against a public safety official and battery by bodily waste against a public safety official.
A Bedford man taken into custody after a neighbor witnessed him beating his dog. Police were called to the 1400 block of 17th Street in Bedford around 6:48 p.m. When police arrived they spoke to witnesses and the owner of the dog. The owner of the dog was identified as 26 year old Samuel Miller of Bedford. Police located a four month old mixed breed puppy dead on the back porch. Miller told police he didn’t mean to kill the dog and that he was just upset because the dog defecated inside the house. Witnesses told police they saw Miller throw the dog from the back porch. Witnesses also stated that while the dog was trying to hide he walked over to it started kicking the dog before finally dragging it back onto the porch. When police were speaking with Miller they noticed in plain view paraphernalia and a substance that tested positive for marijuana. Miller was arrested and transported to jail on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and cruelty to a vertebrate animal and torturing a vertebrate animal.
A Bedford man was arrested early Wednesday morning after police were called to Reveres Food & Fuel in Bedford at 1:40 a.m. According police when they arrived they found a male passed out in a vehicle at the gas pumps. Police spoke to two witnesses and they also spoke with the male identified as 33 year old Jordan Cobb of Bedford. Police noticed the odor of alcohol and also observed that Cobb had constricted pupils. Cobb then gave officers permission to search his vehicle. Police located a white powder inside a cigarette pack in which he told police the powder was cocaine. The substance was field tested by police with a positive result of cocaine. Cobb was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication.
Friday, March 6th, 2020
Indiana State Police are investigating a Thursday morning shooting in Brownstown. The investigation began shortly after midnight when a 40- year-old Brownstown man and his 5-year-old son showed up at Schneck Medical Center, in Seymour. Both the man and the boy were suffering from gunshot wounds to their legs. The man was treated and released at Schneck Medical Center. The boy was transferred to Riley Hospital, in Indianapolis for further treatment. The boy was also expected to be treated and released. The investigation has determined that the man was handling a handgun in the living room of the home when the handgun discharged. A bullet from the gun went through the man’s leg and then entered the leg of the boy who was also in the room. The investigation is ongoing at this time.
Though the novel coronavirus virus hasn’t found its way to Lawrence County, officials are still planning for the possible scenario. So far, the virus has caused the disease COVID-19, which has killed 11 people in the U.S., with total cases numbering more than 200 in nearly 20 states, according to John Hopkins University data. More than 97,800 cases have been diagnosed worldwide. So far, more than 3,300 people have died. The data also shows more than 53,000 people worldwide have recovered. Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an emergency bill that would direct more than $8 billion in funds for coronavirus management. The bill was approved, 96-1, by the Senate Thursday, then signed by President Donald Trump. Of those funds, about $950 million will go toward state and local agencies. Currently, local schools are in coronavirus prevention mode. Lawrence County Public Health Nurse Mary Kinser said the health department is working with the state, CDC, local emergency management group and others in regards to the coronavirus situation. The local agency’s actions will be directed by the state health department.
The OC REMC, OC Fiber is now 65% complete according to General Manager of OC REMC Matt Deaton. He noted a total of approximately $10 million has been expended so far, more than 600 miles of fiber have been placed and service for the 1,000th member is starting and the second of four phases of work is now wrapping up. The third and fourth phases are expected to be done in the next 18 months. Once complete all Orange County will have access to High Speed Fiber internet. except for the towns and OC Fiber will extend fiber to the towns once all REMC members who want the service are connected. The $29.2-million project will ultimately involve 900 miles of cable in Orange County as well as parts of Lawrence and Washington counties.
Wednesday, March 4th, 2020
Boston International, a woman-owned, design-driven home décor business, announced plans on Tuesday to relocate its headquarters from Massachusetts to French Lick. The move will create up to 50 new jobs by the end of 2023. The Boston-based company, which specializes in wholesale paper table linens, tabletop accessories, home décor, gifts, and stationery, will invest more than $3.6 million to bring its headquarters in Indiana. They will purchase, renovate and equip the 115,000-square-foot former Jasper Group facility at 8084 County Road 25 South, in French Lick. The facility is expected to be fully operational by July 1 will allow the company to increase distribution operations and meet the growing demand for its products. Boston International was founded in 1986 and distributes products for Germany based Ideal Home Range and partners with other global décor, gift and stationary manufacturers and artists, while also creating and selling its own branded collections. Boston International also plans on launching an onsite retail store, marketing and selling its products to the visitors of the French Lick Resort. The company plans to hire for operations, human resources, finance, information technology, product development, customer service and warehousing positions beginning in late March to support its growth in Indiana. Interested applicants may fill out applications online and send completed forms and resumes to Kathy Kiley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Bedford man was injured in a two-vehicle at State Road 37 and Patrick Robbins Way Tuesday afternoon in Bedford. According to a Bedford Police report 88 year old Ronald Brown of Bedford was traveling south on State Road 37 and came to the light at the intersection of State Road 37 and Patrick Robbins Way which was red. He said the brakes on his 1994 Subaru Impreza failed at that moment. Brown swerved to avoid the car in front of him and continued through the intersection. Brown’s car continued south on State Road 37 and hit the guard rail on the passenger side of the car. The vehicle briefly hit the guard rail and struck the rear of a 2011 Kia Forte driven by 61 year old David Gardner of Bedford. Gardner complained of neck pain and was taken by ambulance to IU Health Hospital for treatment. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020
Police arrested a West Virginia man Sunday after being notified of a stolen U-Haul truck that was thought to be on Jasper’s north side. Police were dispatched to the north side of Jasper at 12:16 a.m. and located the occupied U-Haul truck in the Jasper Home Depot parking lot. Police took the truck’s driver 20 year old Pliant Smith of Huntington, West Virginia into custody. Police also found him to unlawfully possess a syringe. Smith was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 3:23 a.m. on preliminary felony counts of theft and unlawful possession of a syringe.
Fire Fighters responded to a mobile home fire at 4:40 p.m. Monday in the 1100 block of Sheridan Drive in the Pride Estates Mobile Home Park in Bedford. The fire was a result of a five year old setting fire to a pile of clothes. A baby sitter was with the two children in the home when the fire broke out and everyone made it outside safely. The children were taken over to a neighbors house across the street when the blaze happened. The fire caused widespread damage to the mobile home and no one was injured. This will make the second mobile home fire at Pride Estates in a year. The American Red Cross was contacted to try to find the family a place to stay. The Lawrence County Police and AMR Ambulance Service also responded to the fire. LCPD assisted the fire department in investigating the cause of the fire. Smoke detectors were present in the home according to the occupants.
A Bedford man was arrested Friday after a warrant was issued for his arrest on Domestic Battery charges. On February 18th police responded to a domestic fight in the 5900 block of State Road 158 West in Bedford. On arrival police encountered the adult female victim who was suffering from swelling, a contusion and bruising to her left eye. The woman told police that she and 24 year old Donald Todd of Bedford had been arguing when he got her down on the ground and repeatedly punched her in the face. Another person at the home was able to move the victim to another room as well as two children who were present when the incident took place. Todd suffered an injury to his head during the incident from an unknown source. Both the female victim and Todd were taken to IU Health Bedford. Todd’s injury required stitches and the female was transferred to Methodist Hospital for a fracture of the bone around her eye. Todd was arrested on charges of domestic battery and criminal confinement.
Monday, March 2nd, 2020
This past Friday, the Indiana State Police Bloomington District A.C.E.S. went to a residence in the 200 block of Old SR 450 in Bedford to locate 34 year old Timothy Myers. Myers of Bedford was wanted on an active arrest warrant for Possession of Methamphetamine and Visiting a Common Nuisance. Upon their arrival, troopers also encountered 39 year old Christine Blackburn and 25 year old Shanda Garland both of Bedford. While taking Myers into custody for the warrant, troopers located methamphetamine on his person. In addition, they observed methamphetamine in plain view inside the residence. A consent to search was signed and a search warrant was issued for the residence. Upon executing the search warrant, over 10 grams of methamphetamine, syringes, and items associated with dealing were located in Garland’s alleged belongings. In addition, troopers located methamphetamine in Blackburn’s room. Other items of drug paraphernalia were also located during the search. Myers was arrested on the wanted and Possession of Methamphetamine. Blackburn was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. Garland was charged with Dealing Methamphetamine over 10 Grams, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Hypodermic Syringes.
On Saturday at 12:50 a.m. police were in the area of State Road 45 and Harmony Road in Bloomington attempting to locate a male wanted on a warrant out of Jackson County. Seymour Police contacted the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office with information their suspect was near the west side of Monroe County. Police located the gold minivan traveling east on State Road 45 near Harmony Road and they followed the van onto Dunlap Road. The van then accelerated and headed toward Ison Road. Police activated their emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle disregarded a stop sign and began fleeing. The vehicle drove around in circles before heading into the Eastern Greene/Solsberry area and then returned back to Monroe County. Police deployed Stinger Spike Strips which deflated both front tires. The male continued for a mile before bailing out of the van and running from the scene. Police chased the male through several back yards before eventually taking him into custody. Police say the male had a handgun. Stolen items from a Seymour robbery were recovered in the van. The suspect was booked into the Monroe County Correctional Center on charges of operating while intoxicated, possession of a handgun without a license, reckless driving and two counts of resisting law enforcement.
Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit initiated a criminal investigation in July 2018 after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding images of child pornography being transmitted with the use of Facebook. Indiana State Police Detectives were able to identify the suspect as 51 year old Tony Ray Biggs of Evansville. During the investigation police took possession of Biggs’ laptop and external storage card. A forensic exam and review of the materials revealed child pornography. The Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office issued a felony arrest warrant on Friday for Biggs. At 4:30 p.m., Indiana State Police arrested Biggs at his place of employment without incident. He was taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail where he is currently being held on bond. Biggs is being charged with two Counts of Child Exploitation and three Counts of Possession of Child Pornography.
Friday, February 28th, 2020
Earlier this week the Orange Co. Commissioners approved a resolution to join other counties supporting the US Constitution’s 2nd Amendment about the right to keep and bear arms. The resolution states, “That Orange County shall be a county in which the constitutional rights of all citizens, including the right to keep and bear arms, are deeply honored and protected against infringement: That the county commissioners and sheriff hereby join the citizens of this county in opposition to any law or regulation that is repugnant to or infringes upon the rights of all citizens as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and the State of Indiana, including the right to keep and bear arms. The resolution declares the intent of the Orange County Commissioners and Sheriff to withhold any expenditure or resources to enforce any law or regulation which violates the US 2 nd Amendment or Article 1, Section 32 of the Indiana Constitution.
A Dubois County man was booked into the Dubois County jail Tuesday on a warrant charging him with identity deception, false identity statement and driving while classified as a habitual traffic violator. According to authorities, they allege that on Aug. 9 of last year, James . Hunter, 49, 508 E. Village Court, Jasper, drove in Jasper while classified as a habitual traffic violator, used another’s identifying information without consent and made a false statement to mislead a public servant. The Jasper Police Department investigated the case, and on Friday, a warrant was issued out of Dubois Superior Court charging Hunter with Level 6 felony driving while classified as a habitual traffic violator and identity deception, plus misdemeanor making a false identity statement. Authorities booked Hunter into the Dubois County Security Center at 2:22 p.m. Tuesday on the active warrant. During an initial hearing Wednesday, the court approved Hunter’s request for pauper counsel, set bond at $750 and scheduled Hunter’s next hearing for March 17.
Wilstem Wildlife Park will be offering Sloth Encounters starting March 7th when they will host Luna, a two-toed sloth at the facility. The sloth is not lazy, just slow. Instead of foraging all day long to get enough energy from the leaves it eats, the sloth conserves energy by being inactive. This requires few heavy muscles, making the sloth light enough to climb high on thin branches where it can feed without worrying about environmental threats. The Ranch is offering private, 30-minute encounters with Luna. Guests will have the opportunity to experience Luna up close and personal, including snack time and priceless photo ops inside our Roos and Crew barn — you will also receive access to view our Kangaroos and variety of animals!
Thursday, February 27th, 2020
A Crawford County man walking on a highway east of Huntingburg late Tuesday night was accused of public intoxication by police. Police were westbound on State Road 64 at 11:34 p.m. Police had to swerve into the eastbound lane because 25 year old Lance Persinger of Taswell was walking in the middle of the westbound lane. According to police Persinger was not wearing reflective clothing and was clad in jeans and a hoodie in the rainy, cold weather. Persinger showed signs of intoxication and he indicated he was in the process of walking from a Huntingburg bar to his home in Taswell. Persinger was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 12:21 a.m. Wednesday on a misdemeanor count of public intoxication.
Wednesday night at 8:30 PM (CST) Spencer County Sheriff’s Department dispatch received a 911 call of shots fired in the area of Seminary and South 9 th Street in Rockport. Officers from the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department, Rockport City Police and Indiana State Police arrived on scene and discovered one subject shot. Police gave on scene life saving measures until Spencer County EMS arrived on scene and took over the care of the patient. During the course of the investigation it was determined that there was probable cause to arrest 19 year old Joseph Allen Petry of Rockport for the murder of 18 year old Zane Lee also of Rockport. Petry is being held at the Spencer County Detention Center on a charge of Murder. An autopsy has been scheduled for Lee later today. Assisting at the scene were Detectives and Troopers from the Jasper Post, Spencer County Sheriff’s Department, Rockport City Police Department, Spencer County EMS, Ohio Township Fire Department, Spencer County Coroner and Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigators.
Over the past week, Indiana State Police arrested two Floyd County residents on child pornography charges after separate investigations led by the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes against Children task force. On Tuesday a New Albany man was arrested in a case that began in November of 2019. Indiana State Police Investigators received a tip from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, leading officers from the Sellersburg ICAC Task Force to interview 37 year old David Hilliker of New Albany. Officers also requested and were granted a search warrant for his residence based on information gathered. As a result of the investigation, Hilliker is charged with Possession of Child Pornography and Dissemination of Child Pornography. Both charges are felonies. On February 19, ISP Sellersburg ICAC investigators served a search warrant at a New Albany residence on a separate and unrelated case. This case began in July of 2019 after investigators obtained information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. A juvenile male was taken into custody in this case for charges that would equate to Possession of Child Pornography if charged as an adult. Hilliker was taken to the Floyd County Jail without incident. Both investigations are ongoing.
Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
Police have identified the driver in the accident that took place on Saturday February 15 th at State Road 164. The driver has been identified as 18 year old Alec Hostetter of Celestine. A caller reported the crash and said the yellow 2003 Chevrolet ZR5 S10 Hostetter was driving rolled multiple times, ejecting him. Hostetter was treated at the scene by first responders before he was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center and then airlifted to an Evansville hospital. Hostetter suffered a concussion, a skull fracture and other minor injuries. He is now home and doing well, according to police. Alcohol was initially thought to have been a factor by police but blood testing was negative for alcohol and drugs. Indiana State Police, a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.
A Huntingburg man was arrested Monday on a warrant charging him with possessing methamphetamine and paraphernalia and for unauthorized entry of a vehicle. 53 year old Peter Lemond Jr of Huntingburg is accused of entering a 2006 Nissan Maxima at Hermanos Auto Sales in Huntingburg without permission on September 30th and was found to possess methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Huntingburg Police investigated the case and a warrant was issued on Friday for his arrest. Police booked Lemond into the Dubois County Jail at 4:33 p.m. Monday on the active warrant charging him with possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia and unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle. Lemond’s bond was set at $750.
Three people were hurt in a two vehicle crash Monday night on State Road 54 at Old Farm Road in Springville. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department report 15-year old Deven Sproull of Springville was driving a 1991 GM pickup at 7:06 p.m. eastbound on State Road 54 when he turned into the path of 2016 Dodge Journey driven by 30 year old Jill Myers of Bloomfield who was traveling westbound on State Road 54. The two vehicles then collided. A passenger in Sproull’s vehicle 38 year old Jodi Sproull complained of chest pain and a cut to her right leg. She was taken to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital for treatment by private vehcile. 7 year old Tynsleigh Myers and 8 year old Kayn Stephens, both of Bloomfield, were passengers in Jill Myers’ vehicle and suffered minor cuts and bleeding to their faces. Both were taken by ambulance to IU Health Hospital for treatment. Jill Myers and Deven Sproull were uninjured. Both vehicles were towed from the scene due to damage from the collision.
Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
A Shoals driver was arrested after police stopped him in West Baden on Thursday. Indiana State Police stopped a 2005 Volkswagen at 4:45 p.m. for displaying a false and fictitious plate at State Road 150 and Orange County Road 240N in West Baden. Police believed Thomas Moffitt of Shoals who was driving the vehicle was impaired. He was tested at IU Health Hospital and he showed impairment from the consumption of cannabis. Paraphernalia with marijuana residue was found in Moffitt’s right shoe and a plastic bag containing marijuana was located down his pants during a search by police. He was booked into the Orange County Jail and charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and operating while intoxicated with a controlled substance. Moffitt posted bond and was given an initial hearing of March 23rd.
A Bedford woman was arrested in connection to a fight in the Hardees parking lot on February 13 th that involved two Juveniles. Police arrested 34 year old Heather Brown, of Bedford at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday on charges of aiding, inducing or causing battery resulting in serious bodily injury, aiding, inducing or causing battery resulting in moderate bodily injury. According to police Brown is accused of driving the two accused juveniles to Hardee’s for the purpose of fighting and once the fight started not stopping it which resulted in a battery with bodily injuries on two victims. Police arrested the two 14 year old Bedford boys after they struck two people with wooden boards and they are facing charges of battery with a deadly weapon and battery resulting in bodily injury. According to police they were called to Hardee’s at 3:53 p.m. on Thursday, February 13th after a report of a fight in the parking lot. Two 15 year olds were hit multiple times by the teens with wooden boards and both victims suffered injuries. Police were able to identify the teens involved from video footage. According to police Brown brought the two teens to the restaurant. The video shows her getting out of the vehicle and that she wasn’t really trying to stop it or encourage it either.
On Saturday at 11:23 am, Washington County Deputies were dispatched to East Karnes Court in Pekin, in reference to a battery complaint between two males. Police arrived and were met by 38 year old Jacob Crady, of Pekin. Crady advised the deputies that he had been involved in an altercation with another male subject earlier, who lives in a separate apartment complex on East Karnes Court. Crady said the other male subject, who he identified as Dustin aggressively advanced on Crady with a hammer and Crady stabbed him with a pocket knife, in self defense. Crady further advised the deputies that Dustin got into his vehicle and left the scene. While deputies were taking a statement from Crady, the deputies received information that 32 year old Dustin Brading of Pekin had arrived at St. Vincent Salem Hospital, where he was treated for a non-life threatening injury. Salem City Police Major Eric Mills responded to St. Vincent Hospital to speak with Brading, who refused to give a statement regarding the altercation with Crady. The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made at this time.
Monday. February 24th, 2020
The Jasper Police Department is seeking information to a crash that occurred Thursday that sent one person to the hospital for injuries and totaled two vehicles. According to police 31 year old Bradley Epple of Jasper was westbound on Sixth Street waiting at the stop signal to turn his 2007 Mercury Mountaineer left onto Truman Road when the light changed to red. Epple said that since his vehicle was in the intersection he decided to proceed with the left turn to clear the intersection. 24 year old Brooke Scheeter also of Jasper who was driving eastbound on Sixth Street, ran the red light and crashed her 2015 Lexus CT2 into his vehicle. Scheeter said the light turned from green to yellow as she was traveling through the intersection and Epple pulled his vehicle into her path. Epple was taken to Memorial Hospital for undisclosed injuries. Both vehicles were considered total loses. The Jasper Police Department is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact them at 482-2255 and ask for Sgt. Bower or leave a voicemail for him.
Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident and one person was arrested at State Road 37 and 29th Street on Sunday in Bedford. According to a Bedford Police report 33 year old Jerrika Miller of Hope was traveling south on State Road 37 in a 2008 Mazda 6. Miller was checking her phone and did not see the vehicle in front of her and failed to stop in time. She told police she hit the brakes but was unable to stop before colliding with a 2015 Dodge Dart driven by 24 year old Aaron Walton of Hardinsburg. Walton told police he had stopped at the stoplight when he heard tires squealing behind him. Walton and his passenger 19 year old Justine Johnson of Orleans complained of back pain following the collision. Johnson was taken by ambulance to IU Health Hospital for treatment. Walton told police he would go to the hospital following the investigation of the crash. According to police Miller showed signs of intoxication and failed standard field sobriety tests. Miller told police she had used meth earlier in the day but her being distracted by her cell phone caused the crash. Miller was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while being intoxicated on drugs, OWI endangerment, unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of meth. Walton was issued a citation for failure to have insurance.
On Sunday Indiana State Police Trooper Bowling conducted a traffic stop on Main Street in Grandview on a vehicle that had one defective headlight. The driver was identified as 41 year old Patricia Sandage and her passenger 44 year old Forrest Sandage both of Grandview. An Indiana State Police K9 unit alerted to narcotics being present inside the vehicle. A smoking device and a small amount of methamphetamine was found on Forrest Sandage’s person. Patricia Sandage failed field sobriety tests and was then transported to the Perry County Hospital for further evaluation and testing. The driver was charged with Operating While Intoxicated with a Controlled Substance. Forrest Sandage was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a lookalike drug, Possession of paraphernalia. Patricia Sandage was charged with Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated, Misdemeanor and Operating a vehicle Endangerment, Driving while Suspended.
Friday, February 21st, 2020
A Lawrence County man was sentenced in Lawrence County Superior Court II Thursday to five years in the Department of Correction on a felony charge of possession of meth. Jones plead guilty to possession of meth in a negotiated plea deal.Judge Williams Sleva gave Michael Jones of Bedford credit for 104 days served. Jones was arrested on November 8th after a Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputy went with a Department of Child Service caseworker to do a home visit in the 7380 block of Leatherwood Road. Jones was arrested on charges of possession of meth with an enhancing circumstance, unlawful possession of a syringe, neglect of a dependent, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office, Indiana State Police, and Mitchell Police officers were on the scene of a death investigation in the 100 block of Dale Street in Mitchell Thursday . Officials say one male was found deceased. No other details are available.
Two people were arrested on drug charges outside the CVS Pharmacy Wednesday. According to police reports, At 2:24 p.m., Bedford Police Department officers went to CVS for a report of theft. Upon arrival, , the store manager told officers a woman, as 27 year old Morgan Chilton of Bedford, was concealing jewelry in her purse. When police made contact with Chilton, she gave an officer multiple jewelry items. As police searched her purse, a man, identified as 29 year old Tyler Speer of Springville, got out of a vehicle and yelled at Chilton. When questioned, police allege Speer gave them a fake name, was uncooperative and reached inside a pocket where an officer could see a knife. Speer was then searched and found was five separate baggies containing meth totaling 2.66 grams. The Department of Child Services was notified because a child was in the vehicle.Speer and Chilton were booked into the Lawrence County jail.
Thursday, February 20th, 2020
No one was injured during a Friday crash that occurred at 4:18 p.m. on State Road 37 near West Murphy road in Paoli. According to the crash report, 47 year old Tammy Herd of Paoli who was driving a 2003 Pontiac and 50 year old Sandra Freedman of Paoli who was driving a 2014 Toyota were traveling south on State Road 37. Two vehicles in front of Freedman slowed down to make a stop and turn left into a driveway. Freedman told police that she looked up and saw Herd’s vehicle approaching quickly. Herd said that she tried to move over as far as she could without leaving the road, but was unable to avoid the collision with Freedman’s vehicle. T here was significant damage to the driver’s side of Herd’s vehicle and the passenger side of Freedman’s vehicle and total damages was estimated between $10,000 and $25,000.
A pair of 14 year-old boys were taken into custody on Sunday after they were accused of striking people with wooden boards at the Hardee’s parking lot in Bedford. At 3:53 p.m. last Thursday, police received information that a fight was happening in the Hardee’s parking lot. Police learned two 15-year olds were struck by people with wooden boards multiple times. The alleged victims suffered injuries and received treatment at a hospital. Neither person was willing to tell police who struck them. Police later learned of the video footage of the incident. Police were then able to get enough information to identity the two people who allegedly hit the victims. Police also learned a woman brought the two 14-year-olds and police requested a warrant for her arrest for child neglect and contributing to juvenile delinquency. The two juveniles were arrested Sunday. The two boys, who are from Bedford, were both charged with battery committed with a deadly weapon and battery resulting in bodily injury.
A Bedford man was arrested after police stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at 29th and Illinois streets Tuesday night in Bedford. Police stopped the vehicle driven by 28 year old Felicia Shirley after she threw a burning cigarette out the window. Shirley told police she did not have a valid license which was confirmed by police through the BMV. Shirley and the passenger 36 year old David Thomas of Bedford gave police consent to search their persons and the vehicle. Police located what later tested positive for methamphetamine on Thomas. Thomas was arrested on a charge of possession of meth. Shirley was issued a citation for throwing burning material from a vehicle and a summons to appear in court on a charge of driving while driver’s license suspended with a prior conviction.
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
A probation visit at a French Lick residence on February 10th ended with four people in jail on drug charges and a dog rescued. Police accompanied probation officers on the visit which was prompted by information alleging several people were at the at South Washington street residence doing drugs. When police arrived they found four people outside burying a dog. Police conducted a search of the home and found several smoking devices, a mirror with a residue testing positive for methamphetamine, two small plastic bags containing a crystal substance, a syringe and marijuana. As police were going to transport everyone to jail 55 year old Kenny Schuley said there may be a dead dog inside the house. In Schuley’s bedroom police found a small dog inside a cage covered with a blanket. According to police the dog was extremely thin, the cage was soaked in urine and feces, the dog had no food and its water bowl was full of a dirty orange liquid. The dog was taken to a veterinary clinic and placed on IVs. Police arrested Schuley, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a common nuisance with a controlled substances. The other people in the home 47 year old Kelly Johnson of French Lick, 23 year old Zachory Tedrow of Orleans and 22 year old Adrenne Karnes of West Baden were all charged with possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance with a controlled substances, and possession of marijuana.
Two people were hurt and a horse was killed in a buggy accident last Thursday at Old Buddha Road and Starr Lane in Bedford. According to police 18 year old James Lone of Springville was traveling north on Old Buddha Road at 8:28 a.m when he approached a horse and buggy traveling southbound on Old Buddha Road. Lone told police h drove his 2001 Chrysler around the curve and the horse and buggy was slightly in the middle of the road. Lone said he panicked and applied the brakes and attempted to swerved to avoid hitting the horse and buggy. Lone’s vehicle crossed the center line and hit the horse. His car came to a stop in the field and all four people were thrown from the buggy. The horse was killed instantly. The occupants of the buggy told police that the buggy was at the edge of the road and not in the middle and police say wheel tracks at the scene confirmed that. The owner of the buggy Gideon Hershberger told police that the horse did not become scared and also that Lone was driving faster than 30 miles per hour. Injured in the buggy was 21 year old Susan Hershberger, who complained of stomach and leg pain, 7 year old Joe Schrock, who suffered a bump on his head and was dizzy and vomiting and had blood coming from his mouth and nose and pain to his arms. Gideon Hershberger and 14 year old Andrew Hershberger who was also in the buggy was not injured. Lone wasn’t injured during the incident.
A Bedford woman was arrested Sunday after she allegedly injured a juvenile during a domestic fight. Police were notified to the crime after a female juvenile came to the police department to report the incident. According to police the juvenile had visible injuries. The teen said 34 year old Lydia Wigley of Bedford had punched her several times with a closed fist and the child was able to get away from Lydia and ran to a friend’s house. A Department of Child Services caseworker was notified and came to the station. Police went to a home in the 3300 block of Washington Avenue in Bedford to speak with Wigley. Police said that she was not home at the time but at a nearby trailer instead. When police came to the trailer they located Wigley and she was arrested on charges of domestic battery causing injury on a person under the age of 16.
Tuesday, February 18th, 2020
An 18 year old male was airlifted to an Evansville hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in a Saturday night crash in Celestine. Police received a 911 call notifying them of an accident near the 6900 block of State Road 164 just after 10 p.m. The caller said a vehicle had rolled multiple times with the driver being ejected. Police, paramedics and first responders arrived, treated an 18 year old male at the scene and took him to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. The male was then airlifted to an Evansville facility. According to police alcohol and a high rate of speed may have factored into the accident, which is still under investigation. Assisting at the scene were the Indiana State Police, Celestine Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker.
A Bedford teen was taken to a Louisville hospital after a crash that occurred on US 50 near Kings Ridge Road Monday in Mitchell. Police arrived to the accident that was reported at 11:34 a.m and they found a 2013 White Ford F-150 with heavy damage to the front end off the north side of US 50 West. Police said that the driver 19-year-old Ezra Sullivan, was trapped inside the vehicle. Emergency crews then proceeded to free Sullivan from the wreckage. Sullivan told rescue crews that he had fallen asleep while driving. According to police the truck traveled east, drove across the westbound lane and then left the roadway, collided with several trees along the roadside and traveled 314 feet before stopping. Sullivan suffered a laceration to the side of his head and possible internal injuries. Sullivan was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment by a Stat Flight medical helicopter that flew to the scene. Assisting at the scene were two AMR ambulance crews, and firefighters and first responders from Bedford Fire Department, Huron, and Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department.
A 12 year old girl was hurt in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon at the intersection of 16th and Beech streets in Bedford. According to a Bedford Police Department report 18 year old Kayleen Millard of Bedford, was driving a 2011 Nissan Rogue and was attempting to turn left turn from the Burger King parking lot onto 16th Street. 44 year old Robert Davis also of Bedford was driving a 2006 Ford Expedition and was traveling east on 16th Street approaching the stoplight at 16th and Beech streets. Millard said that she looked both ways before pulling out of the parking lot. Davis told police he saw the car pull out in front of his vehicle and tried to move out of the way but was unable to and the two cars collided. Millard and Davis were uninjured but a passenger in Davis’s vehicle 12 year old Lilyana Childrens of Bedford, was in the backseat and complained of hip pain and was taken by ambulance to IU Health Hospital for treatment.
Monday, February 17th, 2020
Five people were injured Sunday morning after a 2nd-floor balcony collapsed in Judah. The incident happened in the 400 block of Briarwood Lane near Poplar View Drive. Around 9:10 a.m. on Sunday Lawrence County Central Dispatch received a report of multiple people falling from a balcony. Two IU Health ambulances, Marshall Township, and Lawrence County Police responded to the scene. The five people were transported to IU Bloomington Hospital and all were conscious at the scene and talking to the emergency personnel. At this time it is not clear on what caused the balcony to give way.
A call to 911 on Saturday about a possible overdose in the Salem Walmart Parking lot resulted in the arrests of three Pekin residents on numerous drug charges. Around 3:45 on Saturday afternoon, Trooper Kyle Taylor, Washington County Deputy Nathan Maudlin, and Salem Police Officer Tyler Gregory responded to the report of a possible overdose in a vehicle in the Salem Walmart parking lot. After identifying the vehicle's three occupants, officers began an investigation, which eventually resulted in a search of the car. The search uncovered over 10 grams of suspected methamphetamine, heroin, syringes, and paraphernalia. As a result of the investigation and search, all three occupants were arrested on drug charges. Police arrested 39 year old Darik Voyles and Lisa M. Voyles both of Pekin on charges of Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, Possession of a Syringe, and Possession of Paraphernalia. 30 year old Amanda Dickerson of Pekin was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Syringe and Possession of Paraphernalia.
A commercial driving team traveling through Clark County on I-65 was arrested on Friday after 911 callers reported their erratic driving to authorities. Around 7am, Friday morning, Trooper Jonathan Cain responded to reports of a semi-truck driving all over the road and even stopping in the roadway on I-65 southbound near the 23 mile marker. Trooper Cain located the truck and was able to pull the driver over near the southbound rest park at the 22 mile marker. As Trooper Cain interviewed the driver, he observed suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia in plain sight within the cab of the truck. Cain also encountered a female co-driver in the sleeper berth who was initially unresponsive to his questions and did not respond until he and other responding units attempted to administer Narcan. Further investigation uncovered two handguns in the driver's possession along with alcohol and marijuana. Police arrested the driver 56 year old James Robert Whitlock of Temple Georgia on charges of Operating While Intoxicated, OWI Controlled Substance, Possession of Handgun with
Friday, February 14th, 2020
Firefighters from Mitchell and Marion Volunteer Fire Departments battled a fire at a rooming house at Fourth and Warren streets in Mitchell. Firefighters arrived at the scene around 1:15 a.m. this morning. Also responding was a AMR ambulance and Mitchell Police. One wall of the building collapsed and firefighters had to fight strong winds causing embers to blow across the street. The building was unoccupied at the time. No other details are available.
A Monroe County man was sentenced to five years to the Department of Corrections Thursday on a charge of possession of a narcotic drug. 32 year old Richard Chandler, of Bloomington, was sentenced Thursday by Superior Court II Judge William Sleva. Judge Sleva gave Chandler credit for 116 days served. According to a probable cause affidavit, Chandler was arrested on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at 1:18 p.m. after his vehicle was spotted by another Indiana State trooper at the Speedway Gas Station at the intersection of State Road 37 and US 50. Chandler’s vehicle was then stopped. While a Trooper spoke with Chandler, he noticed drug paraphernalia, and a later search turned up Meth and Heroin.
On Tuesday night Bedford Stars basketball player #22, Brayton Bailey, scored his 1,487 th point to become the second highest scoring BNL player in history, right behind his legendary father, Damon Bailey. Damon Bailey wore the #22 jersey as the BNL player who led the team to a state championship in 1990. Damon is now BNL varsity assistant coach, and was right there to see his son Brayton makethe historical shot. Damon and his wife, Stacey, have raised a family of Star basketball players.Brayton’s two sisters, Alexa and Loren, are Star players for the Bedford North Lawrence Girls team.
Thursday, February 13th, 2020
23 year old Tyler Wayne Harris of West Baden was convicted of Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Death Tuesday after a five day jury trial in Orange County Circuit Court. The jury, consisting of six men and six women was out for over seven hours after the case was concluded. The charge and conviction stem from an incident that occurred on December 3 rd 2018. The crime was investigated by Indiana State Police Detective Shane Staggs upon learning the cause of death. Harris was charged for placing his son in a situation that contributed to his death. Evidence was presented that proved 3 year old Colton Harris died shortly after ingesting a lethal dose of Methadone. The sentencing is set by Judge Owen on March 3 rd at 1:30 p.pm.
The Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section, the ISP Bloomington District A.C.E.S, and the Mitchell Police Department concluded a lengthy investigation Tuesday into a methamphetamine and heroin dealing operation in Mitchell. ISP had received information that 46 year old Joshua Clevenger was allegedly dealing both methamphetamine and heroin in Lawrence County. The investigation led troopers to apply for and receive a search warrant for Clevenger’s residence in the 1000 block of Warren Street in Mitchell. Upon execution of the search warrant, troopers located over 200 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 7 grams of heroin/fentanyl, a small amount of marijuana, digital scales, drug paraphernalia, and over $1,300 in cash. Clevenger was arrested for Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Dealing Heroin and Possession of Heroin. He was incarcerated in the Lawrence County Jail.
The Indiana State Police All Crimes Policing squad arrested a New Albany man Wednesday on drug dealing charges for the second time in 18 months. 44 year old Michael Wayne Baxter of New Albany was arrested around 8:25 am on Wednesday when officers from the Indiana State Police, the New Albany Police Department, and the Floyd County Sheriff's Department arrived with a search warrant. The investigation began in early February when Trooper Andrew Taylor of the ACP squad learned of possible drug activity at Baxter’s' residence. As a result of the investigation and search warrant, multiple drug types, including suspected methamphetamine, LSD, marijuana, and controlled prescriptions, were located. A motorcycle stolen out of Louisville, Kentucky, was also discovered. Baxter was arrested and transported to the Floyd County Jail. Baxter was arrested back in Auigust of 2018 on drug possession and dealing charges as well. Baxter was charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Auto Theft, Possession of a Legend Drug, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana.
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