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On Tuesday, State troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg went to 1114 Springhouse Lane near Salem to attempt to locate 31 year old Crystal Bryant.  She had active arrest warrants for her arrest through Clark and Washington Counties for drug related charges and Resisting Law Enforcement.   When officers made contact with Crystal Bryant at her address they also discovered an alleged controlled substance and petitioned the Washington County Superior Court for a search warrant. The search warrant was granted and while searching the residence troopers located approximately five grams of Crystal Methamphetamine, five guns and Paraphernalia in the residence.   Crystal Bryant was arrested on the active arrest warrants and also charged with the new charges of Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia. She was incarcerated at the Washington County Jail awaiting her first court appearance.  This investigation is continuing.

Indiana State Parks is offering a Black Friday discount unlike any other sale you'd find at big-box retailers.   Hoosiers can #optoutside to enjoy the outdoors with discounts and opportunities to win 2018 state park passes and other prizes.  Three Black Friday discounts are available to everyone, although two require downloading a coupon. The discounts only apply to Black Friday, Nov. 24. They are:

·         Free admission to any state park or reservoir that charges gate admission on that day. Download a coupon from the Indiana State Parks Facebook page beginning Nov. 15.

·         Twenty percent off a meal at an Indiana State Park Inn. Download a coupon from the Indiana State Parks Facebook page beginning Nov. 15.

·         A discount on toboggan rental at Pokagon State Park. Rental will be $13 for 90 minutes instead of the usual $13 per hour. Learn more at tobogganrun.com.

People who visit a state park, state reservoir or state forest recreation area on Black Friday can engage in social media and participate in a scavenger hunt to be entered in drawings for prizes. The drawings are:

·         Post a photo to the Indiana State Parks Facebook page from your Black Friday visit to be entered into a drawing for annual passes, lake permits and more. Include the hashtag #optoutside or #optoutsideIN.

·         Post a photo to the Indiana State Parks Facebook page of you and your friends or family camping or staying at an Indiana State Park Inn on Black Friday to be entered into a drawing for camping or inns gift cards. Include the hashtag #optoutside, #optoutsideINN or #optoutsideCAMP with your post.

·         Complete an #optoutside scavenger hunt at stateparks.IN.gov/3282.htm and return it to the email or address on the page to be entered in a separate drawing for 2018 annual passes.

·         Everyone who posts a photo or participates in the scavenger hunt will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a gift pack from the outdoor gear retailer REI in Castleton. The local REI store is a supporter of the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation and Indiana State Parks.

Hit the outdoors after you are finished shopping to decompress or just go straight outdoors.

Outdoor gear retailer REI started the #optoutside initiative in 2015, announcing it would close its stores on Black Friday to encourage people to experience nature instead of waiting in long lines at cash registers. For more information, visit rei.com/opt-outside.

The Indiana Department of Transportation reminds Hoosiers to travel safely and plan more driving time during the busy Thanksgiving travel holiday. AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving from November 22 through November 26, a 3.3 percent increase over last year. Hoosier Helpers sponsored by State Farm will patrol urban interstates in Indianapolis, Northwest Indiana and Southern Indiana near Louisville during heavy travel periods this holiday.  Most highway maintenance activities and construction projects will halt work this holiday weekend to increase roadway mobility and safety. INDOT directs its contractors to pull back barriers and barricades to the safest extent possible to accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic. Some restrictions will remain in place due to ongoing road construction  

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

 The Orleans Town Water Department will be flushing hydrants through Wednesday. This may cause a temporary discoloration of the water.  The water is safe for drinking but may discolor clothes washed in it. Residents should flush their systems by running fixtures, including the washing machine etc. until the water clears.  The town regrets any inconvenience these process may cause, and thanks residents for their patience and cooperation. Questions may be directed to the Orleans Town Offices at (812) 865-2539.

 This Thanksgiving will usher in the highest volume of travelers for the week of Nov. 23 in the past five years, according to figures from American Automobile associated.  AAA has projected 51 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home for the holiday.  With this rise in traffic, travel times in some U.S. cities could be as much as three times longer than a normal trip.

If you're looking to buy a live Christmas tree, you may want to do it sooner rather than later.  There's a shortage of Christmas trees all over the country, but it's really hitting one Evansville business hard.  WFIE TV says the owner of Goebel Farms told them all types of live trees are running low, but especially the Fraser Fir trees.  Larry Goebel says his supplier boosted the cost of their tree shipments for the first time in 15 years.  He also says this is the first year they've had to raise the price of the Fraser Fir's out in the field since their supply can't keep up with the demand.  Goebel says everybody wants to go natural, and it takes probably 10 to 15 years to grow the trees.  He says people don't realize that it doesn't just happen overnight.

Monday, November 20th, 2017

A Lawrence County man was arrested early this morning by Bedford police on drug charges.
38 year old Lucan McPherson, Mitchell, was arrested at 12:35 a.m. today on two counts of possession of dealing methamphetamine and two counts of possession of methamphetamine. He was also charged on site with possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe. He is listed in the Bedford Police Department log as living at 4923 State Road 37, but is listed as homeless in the Lawrence County Police Department jail bookings. He was arrested by Bedford Police Department officers at home at 2017 G St.According to Bedford Police, officers attempted to locate McPherson because he was wanted on warrants for the dealing and possession charges and took him into custody after finding him hiding in a closet.For his two dealing and possession of methamphetamine charges, McPherson has a $50,000 surety or $5,000 cash bond. His secondary bond is $755 for his on site charges.

A Dubois County man received the maximum fine allowable for illegally dumping 32 bags of trash into a Dubois County waterway. The Dubois County Commissioners decided to fine Blake Merter of St. Anthony the maximum fine of $1,000 for the dumping and added $375.22 to cover the cost of the county resources used to clean it up. According to Carla Striegel-Winner, director of the Dubois County Solid Waste District, Merter would have had to pay $32 to the waste district to dispose of the trash bags. Since a portion of the trash was recyclable, the cost could have been less since the county doesn’t charge for recyclables. The $32 disposal fee was included in the total Merter was fined.The incident began on August 6 when a resident reported a trash dump along Huntingburg’s First Street near Bruner Creek. When Deputy Tim Lampert responded to the area, he noted it was a large dump and the trash was in the creek. With the recent rain though, Bruner Creek’s water level was up and the trash had been pushed downstream. Conservation officers were able to determine the bags belonged to Merter due to his name being found on pieces of mail inside all the bags dumped. According to Lampert, when he spoke with Merter, the St. Anthony man admitted to dumping the trash. In trash court Monday, Merter apologized for his actions.

Strong wind gusts were reported to be a factor in a Saturday morning crash that injured an Ireland man and totaled his car. 55 year old James A. Michl, of Ireland Indiana, was westbound on State Road 56 in a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix at around 7:55 a.m.when Michl told deputies, a gust of wind caused him to lose control of his vehicle. The National Weather Service in Louisville is reporting that wind gusts reached 39 mph Saturday in Dubois County and hit 50 mph and higher in five Kentucky counties in the office’s coverage area. Deputies said Michl’s car traveled off the northwest corner at the intersection and struck a ditch line. That impact caused the car to roll multiple times before it stopped upright facing south. Michl complained of head and shoulder pain. He was transported by ambulance for treatment at Memorial Hospital. The Ireland Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.

Friday, November 17th, 2017

A routine traffic stop led to a drug arrest in Salem Monday.
According to police reports,Salem City Police initiated a traffic stop on Monday night and was assisted by Washington Police Department Deputy Paul Ginkins and his K-9, Leny. As a result of the investigation, police arrested 37-year-old Elisha R. Rainbolt of Salem on charges of possession of meth, unlawful manufacture distribution or possession with the intent to manufacture a substance represented to be a controlled substance, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Indiana State Police arrested a 25-year-old Bloomington man Tuesday afternoon after he was spotted by police selling drugs. Jacob Tarter was taken into custody on three active felony warrants plus additional charges of dealing heroin, possession of heroin and cocaine and maintaining a common nuisance.Troopers located Tarter in his vehicle at the Ferguson Dog Park on Stone Mill Rd., just north of Bloomington. Police said they viewed him selling drugs and arrested him. Tarter was allegedly found with 9 grams of heroin and a gram of cocaine. He was arrested on charges of dealing heroin, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine and maintaining a common nuisance. Police also learned he was wanted on warrants for a probation violation of original charge of resisting law enforcement, probation violation of original charge of battery and a pretrial release on an original charge of false informing.

The passenger killed in a two vehicle crash Wednesday morning on US231 near Boggs Lake has been identified. 35-year-old John Brett of Shoals was the passenger in the 2008 Dodge Avenger that was struck on US231 near County Road 700 North.  Brett was transported from the scene to Memorial Hospital in Jasper, and later transferred to St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville, where he died as a result of his injuries. At 8:20 A.M. Wednesday, 60-year-old Kevin Sears of Odon was northbound on US231, when for an unknown reason, his 2002 Honda Civic veered into the southbound lane and into the path the Dodge, driven by 29-year-old Zachary Greene of Loogootee.  Sears’s Honda struck Greene’s Avenger, coming to a stop almost immediately.Sears was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Martin County Coroner.  Greene was being treated for injuries to his legs and ankle. All three vehicle occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Two people suffered injuries in a crash on U.S. 50 West Tuesday afternoon.
According To police reports, at around 4:07 p.m., 26 year old Brittany Davis of Shoals said she was driving west on U.S. 50 West, near Clark Cemetery Road, in her tan 1990 Oldsmobile Regency. Using her turn signal, she said she was slowing to turn left into Indian Creek Stone Products when another vehicle, a white 2007 Buick LaCrosse driven by 75 year old Harold Cooper of Shoals, struck the fender on the driver’s side of the vehicle. A witness, who was driving behind Davis, said Davis was slowing down and that Cooper’s vehicle struck hers as she was turning. Cooper told police the vehicle in front of him, which the witness was driving, started slowing down and didn’t have a turn signal on. He said he started to pass the witness’ vehicle, then struck Davis’ car because he didn’t see it. Injured was Brenda Cooper, a passenger in the Buick LaCrosse, she complained of back pain and Davis complained of head pain. Police listed improper passing as the cause of the crash. Davis was cited for not having insurance for her car.

Locks to the doors at Eagle Pointe Golf Resort were changed Monday as the golf course, restaurant and pro shop are now closed until further notice. A U.S. trustee, who now manages the 131-acre property, directed Pointe Service Association to oversee the winterizing of the golf course and facilities, as well as the lock changes. The homeowners association represents 19 villages with about 900 total residents near the golf resort on Lake Monroe. The business declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September less than a year after purchasing Eagle Pointe Golf Resort for $1.4 million in December 2016. A judge converted the bankruptcy to Chapter 7 or liquidation bankruptcy on Nov. 2. A court trustee, Indianapolis lawyer Deborah Caruso, was appointed by the Southern District of Indiana’s U.S. Bankruptcy Court following the hearing in the bankruptcy case of Eagle Pointe’s owner Pointe Properties. A meeting to discuss the next legal steps in the bankruptcy case with the trustee, business and creditor representatives is set for December 19 in Indianapolis.

A vehicle reported stolen Monday morning in Jasper, has been located in a neighboring county. It had been abandoned and police have no suspects in the case. The black 1999 GMC Jimmy SUV was stolen from the area of 7th and Anderson streets in Jasper between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m on Monday. This is the most recent of several vehicle thefts the Jasper Police Department has investigated. According to Chief Nathan Schmitt, the keys had been left in the vehicles in all these cases. The department issued a reminder to the public to remove keys and lock the doors of their vehicles when parked.

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

A Paoli man led Martin County Police in a chase, in a vehicle and on foot. On Tuesday, At 10:40 a.m. police received a call from a concerned citizen regarding the department's Facebook post about a theft in their area. The post contained the description of the suspect and the vehicle involved  The citizen told police there was a truck matching the description in the Facebook post on Hickory Ridge Road.  A short time later Sergeant Keith Keller, Captain Tony Dant, and Sheriff Travis Roush arrived in the area. Sergeant Keller observed the truck on Hickory Ridge Road approaching McBride's Bluff Road. Captain Dant and Sergeant Keller proceeded in the direction of the truck. The driver pulled into a driveway and began to drive in the opposite direction.  Captain Dant and Sergeant Keller attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver refused to stop. The driver proceeded to County Farm Road where Sheriff Roush was blocking the intersection. The driver was able to steer the truck around Sheriff Roush's police car and continued southwest on Hickory Ridge Road. Then turned south on State Road 450 towards Shoals.Sergeant Keller and Captain Dant attempted to get the driver to stop before approaching US 50, but were unable to do so. At the intersection of State Road 450 and US 50, the truck turned east on US 50 and entered Shoals.  In Shoals Town limits, the truck attempted to pass an eastbound semi in a no passing zone. The driver saw a westbound semi and darted the truck in between them. The truck struck the left front of the eastbound semi and continued into the RJ's parking lot. The crash caused the right rear tire of the truck to go flat. The driver drove through pump area, and turned southeast onto US 150. As the truck passed east of Boyd Hollow Road on US 150, Sergeant Keller and Captain Dant were able to box the truck in and slow it down. The driver swerved to the left in an attempt to get around the police trucks causing the driver to lose control of the truck and spin out.  The driver got out of the truck and fled on foot, through a creek, into and around a residence. Sheriff Roush, Sergeant Keller, and Captain Dant caught up to the individual and he was arrested.The driver was identified as 24-year-old Devan K. Nelson of Paoli. He was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, possession of meth, resisting law enforcement, theft and leaving the scene of an accident.

As efforts are made to increase the area’s population, an already stretched Jasper Police Department is seeking ways to add officers to respond to the increasing number of calls for service.  The drive for increasing housing options in the area was deemed as necessary to increase the population to support Dubois County’s burgeoning corporations and their employee needs. However, those rising population numbers will require more officers and first responders. In Jasper, the need is apparent now, according to Chief Nathan Schmitt and Mayor Terry Seitz.  According to Seitz, the police department’s 22-officer force is lower than police departments in comparable cities in the state.   In addition to the expected population growth, Jasper is also a micropolitan city—an urban labor market that draws workers in from the surrounding areas. This increases the normal population of the city to about 20,000. With a department that on a given 12-hour shift fields four road officers, or one for every 4,000 city residents, increasing the population by 5,000 during the days can stretch them even thinner.

National Gypsum Shoals plant received a world class award in Krakow, Poland last month when it was named Global Gypsum “Plant of the year”.  The Shoals plant tied with the Mr. Holly, North Carolina Gupsum Plant in the award presented the last week of October at the Global Gypsum Conference.  The Shoals plant opened in 1955 and employs 76 people.

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Two Daviess County residents were killed in an accident Monday night at US 50 and State Road 57, south of Washington.  According to Daviess County Police, a semi tractor-trailer t-boned a passenger car at the intersection.  Police say Brett Ramsey, of Wheatland, was traveling eastbound on US 50 in a 2006 Freightliner and struck a 2012 Toyota Prius driven by Marilyn Mattes who was traveling southbound on State Road 57.  Marilyn Mattes and her granddaughter Katilyn Mattes, both of Washington were pronounced dead at the scene.  Ramsey who was also injured and was taken by ambulance to Daviess Community Hospital for treatment.   The accident remains under investigation.

A Dubois County man who is serving a 36 year sentence in the Indiana Department of Corrections on a Gibson County case is now facing similar charges of molestation and incest in Dubois County.   47-year-old Timothy Schieve  was brought back to Dubois County on Wednesday on a warrant on two felony counts of child molesting and two felony counts of incest.  Schieve is accused of molesting a young girl at his home in Huntingburg and Oakland City between January of 2010 and March of 2014. The female told her mother about the incidents and she reported it to the Huntingburg Police in July 2016.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is directing flags in Daviess County to be flown at half-staff to honor Kendall Murphy, a volunteer firefighter with the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department. Murphy died in the line of duty while responding to a vehicle accident.  Murphy, a member of the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department, was killed Friday night at the scene of a crash along Old Highway 50, just west of County Road 100 South.  Murphy was struck and killed by a pick-up truck driven by 26-year-old Colby Blake of Cannelburg. Blake, a fellow volunteer firefighter, has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and reckless driving. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Simon J. Graber Complex. Burial will follow in Providence Mennonite Cemetery. 

Monday, November 13th, 2017

A man was found dead in his vehicle in the 3800 block of Tunnelton Road Saturday morning.
According to Lawrence County Chief Deputy Aaron Shoults, officers were called by the home owner at 5:47 a.m. after a report of a suspicious white Pontiac Grand Am parked in their driveway with an unresponsive person inside the vehicle. When police arrived they found someone had attempted to change a damaged tire on the vehicle and also found damage to the front passenger side. Inside was found a 24-year-old male dead in the driver's seat of the vehicle. According to Chief Deputy Aaron Shoults, Preliminary investigation shows that the male died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot. Officers did locate damage to a utility pole and concrete culvert in the 3700 block of Tunnelton Road and believe for some unknown reason the man had ran off the road there and then stopped to fix the damaged tire. At this time a Detective has been assigned to the case and is following up information and there will be no other information released until this report is complete.

The Martin County Sheriff's Department is investigating a recent theft and needs the public's help. At approximately 8:03 am this/Monday morning, a theft of articles from a vehicle was reported. A short male, with a scruffy beard and short red hair, was found taking articles out of a disabled vehicle on West River Road. He was approached by the owner of the vehicle, and words were exchanged. The suspect fled South on West River Road towards Shoals. He was driving an older model blue Chevy S10 pickup. The vehicle has flaking paint on it. The vehicle is a late 80's to mid 90's model. Anyone with any information, or sees this vehicle is asked to contact the Martin County Sheriff's Department at 812-247-3726.

The Orleans High School Spell Bowl Bulldogs finished among the top six statewide in their class earning a spot in the state finals at West Lafayette this Saturday
. The 33rd annual contest will begin at 11 a.m. in the Loeb Playhouse on the Purdue University campus. Members of the team include Hunter Morgan, Jailynne Radcliff, Caty Carlisle, Makenna Purlee, Makenna Hall, Mackenzie Freed, Michael Reid, Jace Roach, Dylan Reid, John McFarland and Nicholas Hester. Coaches are Kristina Hole and Leah Morgan.

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Two people were injured in a two-car accident Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of State Road 37 and State Road 60 West in Mitchell.
According to a report from the Mitchell Police Department, 56 year old Deirdre Wyman, of Hardinsburg, was southbound on State Road 37 in a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander. As she was crossing the intersection with a green light at State Road 60 West, 62 year old James Russell, of Mitchell, crossed in front of her in his 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, disregarding the red light. Wyman said she applied the brakes but could not avoid a collision. Both were transported to a local hospital, with Wyman suffering chest pain and Russell suffering neck pain.

A driver suffered head injuries after her vehicle was struck from behind at the intersection of State Road 37 and Patton Hill Road Thursday evening. According to a report from the Lawrence County Police Department, Sgt. Andy Blackburn of the department was blocking the intersection with a police vehicle at 6:18 p.m. for a funeral escort. 56 year old Donna Carson, of Heltonville, was southbound on State Road 37 when she saw Blackburn activate his emergency lights. She quickly applied the brakes to the 2008 Chrysler Sebring she was driving. 51 year old David Morgan, of English, was driving behind Carson in his 2001 Peterbilt 385 truck when Carson abruptly stopped. Morgan was unable to apply his brakes in time and collided with Carson’s vehicle. Carson was taken to IU Health Hospital with complaints of head pain. Morgan suffered no injuries.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

The French Lick Resort will host the American Veterans Traveling Tribute and the Traveling Vietnam Wall starting today through Sunday.
The wall is an 80 percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Every name that is on the original wall is also on the traveling wall. It’s the same wall that visited Mitchell in September 2016. The wall can be seen on the front lawn of the French Lick casino. The memorial includes names of soldiers from Lawrence County, which includes people from Bedford, Mitchell, Heltonville and other locations in the county. The tribute began in 1998, so people who want to see the memorial don’t have to make a trip all the way to D.C.

The driver charged in a wreck that claimed the lives of three members of a Newburgh family was sentenced to a 15-year prison term Wednesday.
20-year-old Mason Hartke of Jasper appeared in Greene County Superior Court and pleaded guilty to three counts of causing death while operating a motor vehicle intoxicated. Judge Dena Martin sentenced Hartke to five years on each count, ordering 1.5 years of each sentence suspended to probation. Hartke also was recommended for the Indiana Department of Correction's purposeful incarceration program, an intensive therapeutic regimen to address addiction issues and prepare inmates for re-entry into society. The guilty plea came during a lengthy court hearing nearly a year after the crash on Interstate 69 in Greene County that killed 46-year-old David Rinehart, 74-year-old Ruth Rinehart, and 17-year-old Sophie Rinehart.

The state is moving ahead with logging in Yellowwood State Forest. A logging company bought the rights to 1,700 trees Thursday for just over $100,000. The Department of Natural Resources says crews will target trees that have been damaged by disease and insects. There's no word yet on when the trees will be removed.

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

The French Lick Resort will host the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Traveling Vietnam Wall from Thursday, November 9 to Sunday, November 12 for Veteran’s Day weekend.  The traveling wall tours the country to pay tribute to men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. Every name on the original Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, D.C. is etched on the traveling wall, which spans the length of a football field and is an 80 percent scale of the original.  Rubbings may be taken with provided wall rubbing sheets. The wall will be lit at night and open 24 hours for display.  A special ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 9 that will include a wreath laying, 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps

A Bedford man was killed Monday afternoon in a single vehicle crash on US 50 near Shoals.  At 3:30 PM Monday, 33-year-old Eric Gootee was driving a 2008 Kenworth truck eastbound on US 50 near Rama Dye Road (two miles west of Shoals) when a large tree on the south side of the highway fell across the roadway and into the path of Gootee’s truck.  The tree hit the truck in the windshield and passenger compartment, impacting Gootee.  Gootee was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Martin County Coroner.   US 50 was closed for over two hours while the crash was investigated and the scene was cleared.

It’s Fall,, and the time for warnings of more deer activity on Highways and County Roads.   The Washington County Sheriff's Department has investigated twenty automobile accidents in the past five days and twelve of those accidents were car/deer accidents. Five of those car/deer accidents occurred between Thursday morning and Friday morning. According to the insurance industry and recent studies:   There are about 1.6 million reported car/deer accidents a year and the majority of car/deer accidents occur between October and December and between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. 

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Billie Deel, Orange County Treasurer, reminds residents that property taxes are due on Monday, November 13th.    The office will be closed on Friday, November 10th.  There is a drop box located on the west side of the Orange County Complex for your convenience of dropping off your payment. 

Storms were prevailent in our area yesterday as a cold front approached the area.  A tornado touched down around 1:45pm in the Springville are of Lawrence County, turning over a couple of mobile homes, taking out trees and power lines and damaging some homes.  A radar tornado was issued as well for an area north of Paoli near Orleans and reports of a touchdown in Salem as well last night.  Damage was done to cars at Eddie Gilstrap motors, as well as downed trees and wind damage to the town. 

The trial for a Salem man accused of a double murder is set to begin today.Joe Hambel is accused of killing 37-year-old Valerie Dicus and 36-year-old Joseph Hobson in August 2016.   Alleged murderer Joe Hamble told police that he killed 36-year-old Joseph Hobson and 37-year-old Valerie Dicus with a .32 caliber handgun saying that 'he just took care of one of Washington County's biggest drug problems.According to a probable cause affidavit, Hambel, of Salem, drove to a home at 304 West Small Street, Apartment 13 during the early morning hours of Aug. 19, 2016 because he believed Hobson and Dicus, who is related to Hambel, were dealing drugs.  Dicus died of a single gunshot wound and Hobson died of multiple gunshot wounds. Hambel told police he accidentally shot Dicus.  Hambel was arrested by the Indiana State Police the evening of August 20th and charged with two counts of murder.  The trial is set to begin today..  If convicted Hambel could face up to 65 years in jail on each murder charge. 

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Dubois County Deputies are asking for witnesses to a crash that occurred near Bretzville Junction this morning at about 5:10 a.m. to come forward.
According to police reports, 58 year old Vickie Wirthein, of Huntingburg, was eastbound on State Road 64 in a 2000 Chrysler Town & Country van attempting to turn north on State Road 162 when her van was struck by a 2002 Toyota Tacoma driven by 52 year old Kent Sillings, of Marengo. There were about $5000 to $10,000 in damages and the incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department at 812-482-3522.

A Dubois County man apparently passed out while driving and ran into a light pole near German American Bank in Jasper Thursday afternoon. Jasper officers were called to the intersection of 8th and Newton streets at about 1 p.m. for the report of a vehicle crash. Witnesses at the scene told officers that 24 year old Darrin Dupont, of Jasper, appeared to be passed out at the wheel of a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero as it went through the four lanes of traffic on Newton Street at a slow rate of speed before stopping on the sidewalk against a light post in the German American Bank parking lot. When officers arrived, they found Dupont awake and alert. He consented to a search of his vehicle. During the search, officers located a can of compressed air under the driver’s seat and police said it was still cold from being recently discharged. According to police, Dupont admitted to huffing just prior to the crash. Dupont was charged with operating while intoxicated, inhaling toxic vapors and driving while suspended and was booked into the Dubois County Security Jail. Police reported there were very minimal damages as a result of the crash.

A report early Tuesday of a truck with substantial damage left parked behind a gas station and convenience store on Ferdinand’s south side led police to make an arrest. Ferdinand Police responded to the location in the 400 block of South Main Street at 2 a.m. and found a damaged 2009 GMC pickup truck that had collected weeds and barbed wire in an apparent accident that had even flattened tires. While investigating, police received a report that there had been a male who had appeared intoxicated who was spotted going to the hotel next door. Police made contact with 46 year old Jeremy Hart, of Tennyson, in his hotel room and reported that Hart initially supplied a false name and date of birth. He then failed field sobriety testing and had a blood alcohol content that tested .126 percent. Police also said Hart’s driver’s license was found to be suspended with a status of habitual traffic violator. Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputies who arrived to assist Ferdinand police reported finding damage at a solar farm along I-64 that may have been caused by the truck.
After being treated for intoxication at Jasper Memorial Hospital, Hart was booked into the Dubois County Jail. His charges include a Level 5 felony count of driving while classified as a habitual traffic violator for life and misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated and false informing. Hart had just posted a $1,500 bond last Friday after being arrested on identical habitual traffic violator and impaired driving charges in Dubois County. That previous arrest by the Huntingburg Police Department occurred Wednesday, Oct. 25, after authorities received a report of an impaired and/or reckless driver. The 2005 Dodge Durango driven by Hart at that time was stopped at Sunset Drive and Main Street.

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

A tractor-trailer hauling hogs lost its load as it rolled over at a livestock market east of Huntingburg Thursday morning.
According to police reports, 53 year old Leonard Gogel, of Birdseye, was driving a 2008 Kenworth Semi-Tractor pulling a load of hogs to the Wilson Market at about 7:26 a.m. As he turned north from State Road 64 into the Market’s drive, the trailer went off the gravel area into the soft shoulder and turned over onto its side. Dubois County Deputies estimated the damages were about $25,000. Dubois County Sheriff Department was assisted by Indiana State Police, Huntingburg Fire Department and Storks Wrecker Service.

Jasper Police arrested a Dubois County man on several drug charges after they received reports of a vehicle driving recklessly through the city Tuesday afternoon. Officers were notified by a concerned citizen that a vehicle was speeding and swerving while driving through the city at about 2:30 p.m. A short time later, police located the vehicle at Sternberg’s. During the investigation, police determined the driver, 38 year old Michael Burnette, 38, of Jasper had several controlled substances. Officers located narcotics, marijuana, methamphetamine and paraphernalia. Burnette was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of paraphernalia. He was booked into the Dubois County Jail and the vehicle was towed by a Sternberg’s wrecker. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department also assisted.

Multiple suspects are being charged with felony burglary and theft in connection with a burglary last month at the Circle A Fast Break in St. Anthony. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department received a report of an overnight burglary at the 2759 S. St. Anthony Road North convenience store at 5:13 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3. Video surveillance footage showed someone unlocking the front door of the business with a key just after midnight, according to court documents. The person then entered and punched in a pass code to deactivate the alarm system. Court documents indicate the burglar also had a pass code to a safe. Cash in the amount of $1,097.81 and 11 packs of Camel cigarettes were reported stolen. On Oct. 16, the sheriff’s department’s investigation ultimately led to 38 year old Frank Frye, of Eckerty and his girlfriend, 29 year old Brittany Schepers, Schepers was an employee at the Fast Break. On Oct. 24, a summons was issued in Dubois Circuit Court notifying Schepers that she needed to be in court Nov. 6 to answer to a Level 5 felony count of aiding, inducing or causing burglary and a Level 6 felony count of aiding, inducing or causing burglary. A warrant was also issued Oct. 24 in Circuit Court charging Frye with those same two charges: a Level 5 felony count of aiding, inducing or causing burglary and a Level 6 felony count of aiding, inducing or causing burglary. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department developed information that Frye could be located in Jasper County, Indiana, so, after the Dubois County warrant was issued, a call was placed to the Rensselaer Police Department. Rensselaer officers who executed the warrant and took Frye into custody charged him with a misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement in Jasper County. Dubois County jail staff brought Frye to the Dubois County Jail Wednesday. Police expect to make an additional arrest in the case.

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

On Friday, November 17, 2017 the Indiana Association of School Principals
(IASP) will recognize William (Jeff ) Scalf, former Assistant Principal at Orleans Jr/Sr High School in Orleans, Indiana, as the 2017 Assistant Principal from IASP District 12.
   District 12 is located in southwest Indiana and is made up of Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Jefferson, Ohio, Orange, Scott, Switzerland and Washington Counties.   The recognition ceremony is a part of the 2017 Assistant Principals of the Year Recognition Celebration, a part of IASP’s annual Assistant Principal’s Conference.  The award will be presented at a luncheon at the Indianapolis Marriott IASP with Executive Director, Todd Bess and IASP Vice President, Elizabeth Walters presiding.  District Assistant Principals of the Year are elected by their peers. One principal is honored from each of the 12 districts.  From these 12 District Assistant Principal winners, one will be announced as the 2017 State Assistant Principal of the Year at the luncheon.  The Indiana Association of School Principals is a not-for-profit, professional association serving over 2700 building level administrators in the state of Indiana.  William Scalf passed away this past spring, but Christopher Stevens, principal at Orleans, can be contacted at his school, at (812) 865-2688.

BEDFORD) - Lawrence County inmates currently can only eat items purchased out of the vending machines in the commissary area, because several inmates have been flushing the wrappers from items they purchase and take back to the cell block down the toilets clogging the city's sewer lines.  Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham told the Commissioners on Tuesday morning that  "For the next couple of weeks inmates will not be able to take any items that have wrappers on them back to the cell blocks because of this on-going problem.”   Sheriff Branham is looking into installing grinders in their sewer systems to address the problem.  Sheriff Branham says the blockage has occurred several times this year and many times the blockage has been found blocks away from the jail.  As of Tuesday morning there were 193 inmates in the jail. Of those 45 were females, 21, Level 6 felons and there were no Department of Correction holds.

On Saturday, October 28, 2017 the Indiana State Police participated in the fourteenth nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiative sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA.) The “Take Back” initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft.   Collection sites were set up nationwide for expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs to be turned in for destruction.  This program is intended for liquid and pill medications.  The Indiana State Police set up collections sites at every post (except the Toll Road.)  The Indianapolis post collected 253 pounds of medications between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.  1,038 pounds were collected statewide. 

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Jurors for the jury trial scheduled for Wednesday at Orange County Superior Court do not need to report, as the defendant has asked for a continuance

Bloomington Police arrested a woman they say entered the Speedway in the 3930 block of West Third Street on Sunday armed with a gun and robbed it.  Police arrested 33-year-old Lawanda Johnson on charges of robbery, theft, pointing a firearm at another person, intimidation and possession of a controlled substance.  Police say just before 7 a.m. Johnson covered her face with a scarf and pulled the fur-trimmed hood on her coat over her head and entered the station, showed the clerk a handgun and demanded all the money from the register.  She then fled the store with about $140.   No one was injured during the armed robbery.

BLOOMINGTON) - A swastika spray painted on a railway underpass at 14th and College Avenues in Bloomington was reported to the Office of the Mayor at approximately 12:45 p.m. Monday. A crew from Public Works covered the vandal's work shortly after it was reported.  The Bloomington Police Department is actively investigating this and three similar acts of vandalism discovered last Friday. It is not known at this time if the incidents are related. Those incidents were reported at :
  The East 10th Street underpass, Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, 2120 N. Fee Lane and at the intersection of College Mall and Sare Road Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call Bloomington Police.

Monday, October 30th, 2017

The Jasper Police Department is attempting to identify three men using fraudulent credit cards at various Jasper businesses.
According to police, the three men made purchases at Rural King, Walmart, Walgreens and the Subway in Walmart over the course of three days from September 25 to September 27. The cards used were thought to be sourced through skimming devices found at a Chuckles Gas State in Loogootee. Police say the three were seen leaving Rural King in a white Jeep Grand Cherokee but later that day, they left the Walmart in a black dually pickup Anyone with information regarding the identities of these three men is asked to contact the police department at 812-482-2255 or on the anonymous tip line at 812-481-2677 (COPS).

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a man who allegedly tampered with the scene of a murder that occurred near Birdseye this summer. 19 year old Quentin McMickle, of Birdseye, was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 9:14 a.m. last Thursday on a Level 4 felony count of burglary and a Level 6 felony count of obstruction of justice. A warrant for McMickle’s arrest was filed October 10. According to court documents, investigators have interviewed five people who claim McMickle told them he was there or he cleaned up the scene at the home on Harts Gravel Road where 49-year-old Darin L. Atkins was found dead of a blunt force trauma to his head on July 19. McMickle has denied he entered the crime scene but according to court documents, McMickle allegedly told several people he cleaned the scene while wearing plastic bags on his hands and feet. He allegedly also identified the murder weapon as a baseball bat and one person said McMickle was looking for it in the home. McMickle’s charges are for what occurred after the murder. The department is still investigating the murder and is asking the public to come forward if they have any information. If you have information, please contact the department at 812-482-3522 and ask for Det. Sgt. Tom Kleinhelter or another deputy. All calls can remain anonymous.

The Huntingburg Police Department is asking for the public’s help as officers investigate a hit-and-run crash early Sunday that totaled a man’s new car. According to police the accident occurred at 2:50 a.m. in the 300 block of East Third Street. Police say a parked, unoccupied 2017 Ford Focus registered to George Heim was totaled. Heim had yet to make the first payment on the car that was pushed 15 or 20 feet. The Focus was struck so hard, police said, its engine oil filter was found next to the driver’s door. The vehicle that caused all the damage, described as a red, 1998 Pontiac passenger car, was left at the scene but police have no solid leads as to the identity of the driver because of complications associated with the vehicle being registered to a company that leases vehicles. It was thought the unknown driver and a passenger who left the scene were likely injured. Anyone with information that could further the investigation is asked to call Huntingburg police at  812-683-3003  or  812-683-4111  or leave a message on the department's tip line that can be reached at  812-684-2992 .

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Yesterday, troopers with the Indiana State Police All Crimes Enforcement Squad, (ACES) along with troopers from the Indiana State Police Drug Task Force
completed an investigation that led to the arrest of a high level methamphetamine dealer in Monroe County. Troopers arrested Paxton Davis on felony charges of dealing in methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.  Davis was allegedly found to be in possession in excess of 1000 grams of methamphetamine. The methamphetamine reportedly has a street value of over $75,000. The investigation revealed that Davis was receiving large quantities of methamphetamine in packages via mail delivery.  The packages, which were gift wrapped mannequin heads that contained the packaged methamphetamine, originated from southern California and were overnighted to Bloomington. Davis was previously arrested by the Indiana State Police in Monroe County in August of 2017 when he was allegedly found in possession of over 300 grams of methamphetamine, $15,000 cash, packaging material, smoking devices, needles, and 26 firearms. Two of the firearms were found to be reported stolen. This case is pending in a Monroe County Court. Anyone with information about the illegal sale of drugs can contact the Indiana State Police at (812) 332-4411.  Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

A Lawrence County woman was arrested on numerous drug charges early Wednesday.
According to a Lawrence County police report, At 1:06 a.m., a Bedford Police Department officer reported he noticed a tan 1999 Chevrolet Trail Blazer being driven by driving 25 year old Amber Mathis of Bedford .The officer reported Mathis was crossing over the fog line on State Road 37. The officer pulled over the vehicle at State Road 37 and River Addition Road. When the officer checked her license, he learned Mathis was driving with a suspended license with a prior conviction. Mathis was then placed under arrest for that. Police then inventoried the vehicle, which revealed a metal cylinder containing a substance that tested positive for meth, a tan powdery substance that tested positive for heroin, smoking devices and a small amount of a loose, green, leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana. Mathis was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license with a prior conviction. Mathis was then booked into the Lawrence County Jail.

A Lawrence County man was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for battery with a deadly weapon and invasion of privacy. According to a Lawrence County Superior Court I probable cause affidavit, a Lawrence County Police Department officer went to the 1400 block of North Pike Road on Sept. 28 for a report of battery involving a hatchet. When the officer arrived, a man and woman told police they were outside their home earlier in the day when 30 year old Tyler Ritchison of Needmore came flying into the driveway. The woman told police Ritchison, who is a relative, got out of his truck and started yelling at them. The man told Ritchison to leave but Ritchison refused. Instead, the man said Ritchison picked up a hatchet sitting on the property and came at them while wielding it. Then, the man told police they both scuffled on the ground, and he was able to get the hatchet away from Ritchison. He said he got control of Ritchison then told him to leave. The man said Ritchison grabbed some diesel fuel then left in his truck. The woman told police she had a protective order against Ritchison. Ritchison, was booked into the Lawrence County jail with no bond set. He was also wanted on warrants for violation of bond release.

A Lawrence County man complained of neck pain after his vehicle was struck in the rear on State Road 54
West at Rueter Lane, Wednesday morning.According to a Lawrence County Police report, 20-year-old Andrew Creech of Springville was traveling west on State Road 54 and was slowing to turn south on Rueter Lane when his 2011 Ford Fusion was struck in the rear by a 2013 Ford Escape driven by 22-year-old Quintel Cook, of Indianapolis. Cook told police he was traveling west on State Road 54 when the driver in front of him allegedly slammed on his brakes because he was going to miss his turn. Cook told police he attempted to go around Cook's car but there was on-coming traffic so he struck the car in front of him in the rear.

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Louisville Metro Police arrested a Orange County man who authorities say held two females hostage while armed with an assault rifle.
Matthew McCloud of Paoli, was arrested Sunday at a home in the 1500 block of West Ormsby Avenue, near South 15th Street. According to an arrest report, McCloud was taken into custody on his 41st birthday. Authorities say police responded to the scene on a call that two female victims were being held hostage. According to police, when officers arrived they were informed that the victims were being held against their wills in a bedroom. Investigators say the victims stated McCloud parked his truck at the back of the residence, went inside and held an assault rifle to the victims and told them they were not going to leave. According to police, the victims also said McCloud told them that if police did not show up it was going to end bad. Police say officers located McCloud in the front of the home and arrested him. Authorities say officers found several weapons inside the home, including the assault rifle that was used to hold the victims hostage. McCloud is charged with first-degree unlawful imprisonment. He is being held at Louisville Metro Corrections.

Police officers from several departments participated in a pursuit this morning that landed a 18-year-old jail and caused damage to three police vehicles. According to Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham, the accident reports are being finished up now and the incident reports are being completed to be sent to the prosecutor's office. According to police reports, they had been searching for 18 year old Clint Ferguson since Saturday, when fled after crashing the Bedford gate at Crane. Police received a tip this morning that Ferguson was leaving a home on Sand Pit Road and was a passenger on Hyundai Sanoma and was headed toward US 50 West. Both Bedford and Mitchell Police Departments were notified.A Bedford officer spotted the vehicle parked at Speedway. An Orleans Police officer was also at the service station. Police blocked the vehicle in, the driver was not in the vehicle. Ferguson who was in the front seat jumped into the driver's seat and put the car in gear and rammed two of the police vehicles. Ferguson then crossed in front of the State Road 37/US 50 junction and caused a second crash, damaging another police vehicle. The pursuit continued northbound on State Road 37, went across the bridge, onto Mitchell Road and then Sand Pit Road, were Ferguson crashed in the first curve. Two passengers in the vehicle suffered minor injuries. Ferguson fled on foot, but was captured not far from the crash site. Ferguson was arrested on two counts of resisting arrest by fleeing and resisting arrest. Other charges are pending. The two passenger are currently not facing charges.

A Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft store is opening in the Germantown Center in Jasper. The store will open in the vacant 14,000 square foot store next to Rue 21. This is the second announcement regarding a national chain opening in the Germantown Center. Harbor Freight will be opening in the northside shopping complex in the coming months.

Friday October 20th, 2017

Two were injured and were taken to a Bedford hospital after a crash at the intersection of State Road 37 and Main Street Thursday. According to Mitchell Police report, at 5:41 p.m., 20-year-old Joseph G. McCoy, of Orleans, was traveling north on State Road 37, near Main Street, in his tan 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. He said he looked away from the road for just a second, causing him to hit the back of a red 2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata driven by 21 year old Austin Moffat of Paoli. The collision caused Moffatt’s vehicle to hit a silver 2009 Acura MDX driven by Kumar P. Vuyyuri Moffat and Vuyyuri were taken to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital in Bedford for incapacitating injuries. The report does not specify the type of injuries they suffered. Everyone was wearing seat belts.

A Lawrence County man was injured hospital following a one-vehicle accident that occurred at Tuesday. According to a Lawrence County police report, when police arrived at the scene on Peerless Road, they saw a 2008 GMC Sierra pickup truck off of the west side of the road. It appeared the vehicle had been traveling south on Peerless Road, left its lane of travel and struck a tree on the side of the road. Emergency responders attempted to determine from the driver what had occurred, but 73 year old Richard Wood of Bedford could not elaborate as to what had happened. Wood suffered injuries described as incapacitating and he complained of chest pain. Ambulance crews believed Wood might have experienced a cardiac-related issue. The officer conducted a portable breath test, which yielded a positive result for the presence of alcohol on Wood’s breath. A second test designed to detect the presence of alcohol was administered at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital, and test results are pending. Wood was wearing a seat belt and the airbag in the vehicle deployed.

A Thursday morning collision at the Bretzville Junction that involved a Dubois County ambulance resulted in an arrest and two totaled vehicles. Police say 20 year old Austin Hagan, of Chrisney, was headed northbound on State Road 162 at 9:19 a.m. in a 2009 Chevrolet ambulance when the light turned red. Hagan disregarded the automatic signal, according to police, and proceeded through the intersection during the red light. Police say he did not have his emergency sirens activated. 23 year old Riva Stenftenagel, of St. Anthony, was driving her 2004 Lincoln Navigator westbound on State Road 64 and proceeded through the green light and was struck by the Dubois County Emergency Medical Services ambulance. The resulting impact caused Stenftenagel's vehicle to spin around and come to rest in the northbound lane of State Road 162 facing south. The ambulance came to rest in the eastbound turn lane facing north. Police say there was a patient who was being treated in the rear of the ambulance at the time of the crash. That patient was transported from the scene to Memorial Hospital in Jasper by another ambulance that was dispatched. 49 year old William Luebbehusen, of  Ferdinand was treating the patient in the rear of the ambulance and was not belted in at the time of the crash. Police say he received an abrasion to his face. Stenftenagel complained of pain to her head and neck following the crash. While EMS was treating Stenftenagel for her injuries, she told the deputies on scene that her license and registration were in her vehicle somewhere. While attempting to locate her registration, police say marijuana was allegedly located in the vehicle and officers report that a subsequent blood test at Memorial Hospital showed that Stenftenagel tested positive for marijuana. Stenftenagel was then released from Memorial Hospital and transported to the Dubois County Jail where she was preliminarily charged with possession of marijuana and OWI. Hagan was written a citation for disregarding an automatic signal. Both vehicles are considered total losses. Assisting agencies included the Saint Anthony Fire Department First Responders, Ferdinand Police Department and Memorial EMS.

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

A Dubois County man suffered broken bones and a collapsed lung when he fell from a tree stand at Sugar Ridge Fish and Wildlife Property in Pike County on Sunday afternoon.
77 year old Paul Moore, of Holland, fell approximately fifteen feet from a tree stand causing the injuries. Moore was not wearing any type of safety harness when he fell and he told responders that he lost his grip as he was climbing into the stand causing him to fall backward. A hunting partner heard him fall and went back to his location and administered CPR. First responders were able to get him to an ambulance where he was stabilized and transported to an area he could be transferred to a helicopter. He was then taken by helicopter to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. Responding agencies included the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Lockhart and Spurgeon Fire Departments, Pike County EMS and Indiana Conservation Officers.

The Vatican has announced that Joseph M. Siegel, until now auxiliary bishop of Joliet, Illinois, will be taking the reins in the diocese of Evansville, which has been vacant for several months. Siegel’s appointment was announced Wednesday in a communique from the Vatican, and comes just four months after the previous Bishop of Evansville, Charles C. Thompson, was reassigned to Archdiocese of Indianapolis. In addition to English, the bishop also speaks Spanish and Italian. The Diocese of Evansville is comprised of 5,010 square miles. It has a total population of 512,870 of which 76,218, or 15 percent, are Catholic.

A Washington boy suffered a neck injury after police say he drove his 4-wheeler into the path of a van Wednesday afternoon.
Police say Gail Pruitt of Washington was driving home from work around 1:30 p.m. when a young boy drove his 4-wheeler into her van at the intersection of North East. 15th and North streets. The wreck caused two windows to be knocked out on the drivers side and damage to the drivers door and back door of the van as well. The boy was rushed to Daviess Community Hospital and then flown by helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment. The incident remains under investigation.

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Around 4:10pm on Tuesday, a one vehicle crash occurred on North State Road #135 in Vallonia, Washington County.    Trooper Tyler Matthew from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg, the lead investigator of the crash, stated in his preliminary report, that a white 2005 Chevrolet work truck, (owned by Wright Implement of Seymour, IN), being driven by Matthew L. Bobb, 47, of Crothersville, IN, was traveling north on State Road #135 and for an unknown reason the vehicle left the roadway approximately 1,100 feet south of West Goat Hollow Road. When the vehicle left the roadway it crossed over a guardrail and became inverted over an embankment on the east side of State Road #135.   The Washington County Coroner pronounced Matthew L. Bobb deceased at the scene

A Montgomery man was injured when a van apparently hit a piece of farm equipment Tuesday night.  The Daviess County Sheriff's Department got the call at 8:07 p.m. concerning the incident on County Road 650 East, just north of County Road 400 North near Montgomery.   Police arrived to find 23-year-old Randall Stoll on the ground and a van in a ditch.    Mathew Stoll was operating a tractor while his brother, Randall Stoll was behind him on a piece of horse-drawn farm machinery.  Mathew Stoll said both were leaving the bean field for the night and pulled onto County Road 650 headed south when he saw an approaching vehicle but had time to get out on the road, but then heard a loud crash. He looked back and saw his brother Randall under the piece of farm machinery. He lifted it and held it off until some passers-by stopped to help.  Randall Stoll. who complained of pain and suffered a head injury, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was later flown to St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis.  Police say, 73-year-old Emma Silcock, of Elnora was traveling south on the county road in her 2009 Dodge Caravan and saw the headlights up ahead and believed it was an oncoming vehicle in the other lane. The next thing she knew is she hit something and ended up in the ditch. She was not injured

In an effort to reduce weight and improve fuel economy, automakers continue to eliminate spare tires from new vehicles. According to new research from AAA, nearly one-third (28 percent) of 2017 model year vehicles do not come with a spare tire as standard equipment, creating an unnecessary hassle and expense for drivers. Last year alone, AAA came to the rescue to more than 450,000 members faced with a flat tire whose cars did not have a spare tire. To avoid a roadside surprise, AAA urges drivers to check their trunk for a spare tire before trouble strikes. Even if drivers do have a spare tire, they are often reaching for their cell phones to call for roadside assistance rather than changing the tire themselves. According to a previous AAA survey, nearly 20 percent (39 million) of U.S. drivers do not know how to change a flat tire.  As a replacement for a spare tire, some automakers are including tire-inflator kits that can temporarily repair small punctures in flat tires. However, a 2015 AAA study found that tire-inflator kits have limited functionality and cannot provide even a temporary fix for many tire-related problems, 

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

A joint investigation between the Indiana State Police and the State Fire Marshall’s Office led investigators to arrest a suspect in last week’s arson in Birdseye.  Monday afternoon, Detective Brock Werne was investigating a complaint of residential entry and theft in the Birdseye area.  Information received by Werne led him to investigate 36-year-old Adam Hensley of Birdseye as a primary suspect.  At the same time, the State Fire Marshall’s Office was actively investigating the fire at the Koerner Block building, 101/103 State Road 145, Birdseye.  Investigators believed the fire had been maliciously set, and were also looking for Hensley as a possible suspect in the crime.   Werne later found Hensley, and placed him into custody for Residential Entry and Criminal Mischief.  Hensley was transported to the Dubois County Security Center.   After taking Hensley to the Security Center, Hensley was charged with Arson based on the additional information found through the investigation of the Fire Marshall’s Office.  It was determined that Hensley set the fire to the Koerner Block building, escaped from the fire, and had a witness on-scene dial 911.   Hensley will appear in Dubois County Circuit Court today

A Bloomington man says a storm drain opening was left uncovered for several days before his 7-year-old son fell into the opening while they were walking on a street near their home.  Chris Baskins tells The (Bloomington) Herald-Times that his son, Wyatt, "just disappeared" while they were walking to a Chinese restaurant about 9 p.m. Monday. Baskins says Wyatt wasn't paying attention and fell about 9 feet into the drain along a neighborhood street.  Baskins says he pulled Wyatt up after the boy stood on some plastic tubing. He says Wyatt was shaken up but only suffered a cut on his knee.  Bloomington Fire Department Sgt. Brandon Hudson says it took three firefighters to put the storm drain grate back in place.  City utilities director Vic Kelson says he's reviewing what happened.

The Social Security Administration said that benefits for 61 million Social Security beneficiaries and 8 million Supplemental Security Income recipients will be increased by 2 percent beginning at the start of 2018.  The cost-of-living adjustment is computed on the basis of the past year's increase in the Consumer Price Index.   Also, SSA says the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security payroll tax will be increased to $128,700 from $127,200.   The $1,500 increase will affect about 12 million taxpayers and generate an extra $2.75 billion for the Social Security program 

Monday, October 16th, 2017

A Monroe County driver was injured following a two-vehicle accident on Saturday.
According to a Lawrence County Accident report, at around 1:52Pm, 22 year old Joseph Guess, of Heltonville, driving a 1996 Honda Accord west State Road 58, east of State Road 446. Guess told police he did not see a 2008 Honda Civic driven by 23 year old Mary Marshall of Bloomington. Marshall was southbound and Guess proceeded through the intersection, striking Marshall’s vehicle. Marshall said Guess did not stop for the stop sign. Marshall complained of arm pain and was taken by ambulance to a hospital following the crash. Both drivers were wearing seat belts. The airbag deployed in Marshall’s vehicle.

All Three Orange County bands, the Springs Valley Blackhawk Brigade, Orleans Bulldog Regiment and Pride of Paoli all advanced to Class D Semi State Band Competition. The Semi State competition will be at Franklin Community High School Saturday October 28 th. Orleans will be the first to take the field at 1:13PM. Pride of Paoli at 4:02PM, and the Springs Valley Blackhawk Brigade at 4:15PM. The Crawford County Marching Wolfpack also advanced to Semi State and will march at 4:28PM.

Kimball International Inc. donated $1,000 to help Just Cause complete the construction of a neighborhood playground at the Maple Grove Village mobile home community on Jasper’s north side. National Office Furniture, a business unit of Kimball, also donated two benches to the park made from recycled lids that its employees collected. Just Cause is a community organization whose mission is to assist families in planning and constructing safe, recreational environments.

Friday, October 13th, 2017

A building a volunteer group was working to save in Birdseye for its historic and architectural significance was largely destroyed in a fire Thursday afternoon.
Calls for the fire went out at about 3:18 p.m. Units from Birdseye, Schnellville and English responded to battle the blaze at the Koerner Block building located at 101 and 103 State Road 145. According to the Birdseye Fire Department, when they arrived on scene the building was fully involved. As firefighters battled the blaze, the remains of the roof collapsed causing the front second story facade to crumble into the street. Firefighters doused the home next door to the building to keep the fire from spreading. Across the street, the Birdseye Library was damaged while windows in a church next to the library lost windows from the heat of the flames billowing from the building. About an hour after knocking down the blaze, firefighters were still putting out flare-ups and soaking hot spots in the wreckage. A state fire marshal responded to the scene and determined the fire is suspicious in nature. The Save the Koerner Block building committee had just received notification of a $12,500 grant to support their efforts to save the building. Current owners Ronald and Karen Ellis had said they would donate the building if the group was able to save the building. Early this year, the Dubois County Commissioners had forgiven about $10,000 in property taxes to help facilitate turning the building over to a group that could successfully preserve it.

A Jasper couple was arrested and accused of felony theft Thursday after their alleged victim learned of the thefts of her purse, gun and dog. The victim contacted the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department at 8:03 a.m. Thursday after being notified about a charge on her credit card. The victim eventually learned her purse, a .22 caliber handgun and several rare coins had also been stolen. Also reported taken was the victim’s Blue Nose Pit Bull dog, although its electric collar had been left behind. It was then learned that, during the eight hours prior to the victim notifying authorities, her debit card had been used for two withdraws at a Huntingburg bank ATM in the amounts of $400 and $100.The investigation led to 19-year-old Clint A. R. Sadler and 20-year-old Brittany N. Woody both of Jasper. Authorities said Woody is related to the victim. Deputies who arrived at the residence and observed the dog inside allegedly recovered the gun and located the $500, all in $20 bills, in a pocket of a pair of blue jeans. Authorities alleged Woody eventually admitted to taking the purse and Sadler eventually admitted to being present when the cash was taken from the ATM. Some of the coins had reportedly been sold at the Jasper Swap Shop. It was also alleged that the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu where some of the stolen items were located had been taken from the victim, with Woody accused of forging a sale transaction shown on the car’s title. The sheriff’s department said the car was found to be up for sale on a social media barter page. Authorities booked Woody into the Dubois County Jail at 12:57 p.m. on preliminary Level 6 felony counts of forgery and theft. Sadler was also booked into the Jail on preliminary Level 6 felony counts of theft.

A Little Caesars pizza employee was placed under arrest today for allegedly stealing more than $7,000 from the business. The Jasper Police Department reports that they were contacted by the owner of Little Caesars, in Jasper., in reference to an internal theft by an employee. Upon further investigation, police say they made contact with 30 year old Braxton Cannon, of Huntingburg, who allegedly admitted to taking a total of over $7,100.00 on several occasions over a one month period. Upon being detained in front of the nearby Smoker Friendly store, police allege Cannon was found to be in possession of paraphernalia, methamphetamine and multiple controlled substances. Police also allege that Cannon resisted law enforcement as he was being detained. He was taken into custody and booked into the Dubois County Jail on preliminary charges that include nine counts of Level 6 felony theft, a Level 6 felony count of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of possession of paraphernalia, possession of a scheduled II controlled substance and resisting law enforcement. The Jasper Police Department was assisted by Lueger's Wrecker Service.

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

A Lawrence County man was taken to a hospital after a crash at 16th and M streets Wednesday.
According to a Lawrence County Accident report, at 11:25 a.m., 59-year-old Drew L. Reed was traveling south on M street and stopped at the 16th Street intersection in his King’s Trucking and Excavation dump truck. When he turned right onto 16th Street, he said his truck was hit by another vehicle and told police he couldn’t remember what happened. A witness, who was driving in the area, said a 2000 Grand Prix, driven by 41-year-old Benjamin Haines, of Bedford was in the lane next to Reed turning right from M Street onto 16th Street, and he crossed over center line into opposite lane of traffic on 16th Street. He hit a blue 2011 Ford Escape driven by 57-year-old Katherine Finley, of Bedford with Jeffery Finley as her passenger. The witness said Haines’ car bounced off of Katherine Finley’s vehicle then struck Reed’s truck. Haines told police he accelerated, thinking he could get around Reed’s truck and make the turn onto 16th Street. He then lost control of his car, causing it hit Finley’s vehicle. Jeffery Finley complained of back pain and was taken to a Bedford area hospital. Haines was issued a citation for unsafe lane movement. Everyone involved was wearing a seat belt. IU Health Bedford Hospital ambulance and Bedford Fire Department responded to the scene.

A Dubois County woman involved in the death of a 2-month-old baby in February has been sentenced as part of a plea agreement completed on September 28. 27 year old Rachelle Childree, 27, of Huntingburg plead guilty to a Level 3 felony count of neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury. Pursuant to the agreement, a Level 1 felony count of neglect of dependent resulting in a death was dismissed. According to the agreement, Childree will be on supervised probation for the remainder of the seven years sentenced by the judge. The suspended sentence come at victim’s family request for Childree not to have to serve additional jail time.Childree will also have to complete mental health and substance abuse evaluations and satisfactorily complete any recommended treatment plans. She is directed to not have any contact with the victim’s family as well as pay $2,011.65 in restitution which will be to cover burial expenses and a tombstone. She is also precluded from babysitting while on probation. Childree also pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor count of theft for her participation in the theft of a lawn mower from a Jasper resident’s property in August. The count was dropped from a Level 6 felony count as part of the agreement. Since her sentence for the theft had already been served while she was lodged in the security center, the sentence was only two days more.

A local school bus driver’s diligence led to a parole warrant arrest Monday afternoon. A bus driver contacted the Jasper Police Department at 4 p.m. because she was unable to locate the parents of one of the students she was to drop off. Police said the bus driver brought the student to the police station. After a few minutes, police said, the parents were contacted, advised of their child’s whereabouts and told a pickup could be made at the police station. After they arrived, police said, the parents were identified and authorities learned 39 year old Jason Swinburne, Jasper was found to have an active parole warrant through Ohio. Swinburne was taken into custody and booked into the Dubois County Jail. Jasper police said he is awaiting extradition back to Ohio. The eight-year-old juvenile was released to the mother.

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

A former running back for the IU football team, and graduate of Bloomington North High school, 25 year old d’Angelo M. Roberts,  is currently being held at the Monroe County Jail on preliminary felony charges of burglary with a deadly weapon, armed robbery and theft.   On July 8th Roberts allegedly climbed through the window of a high school friend around 10 p.m., threatened the man with a knife and proceeded to commit theft.   Police say Roberts stole a $300 Michael Kors watch, $90 laptop computer charger and a computer gaming headset worth $65. He also demanded money and marijuana.  Roberts was arrested in Madison County, Alabama, and was brought back to the Monroe County Jail at 6:05 p.m. Sunday night where he is being held on a $32,000 bond.  Roberts was named the IU football Offensive Teammate of the Year following the 2014 season.  Roberts did not graduate from IU, records show he has not been enrolled at IU since the spring 2016 semester, when he was listed as a senior.

A  7 year veteran of the Bedford Police Department was arrested Saturday on warrants charging him with theft and official misconduct.  42-year-old Edward Allen of Bedford was arrested by State Police on Saturday morning.  He posted a $755 cash bond and was released the same day.  According to Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley, the investigation stems from Eddie Allen mishandling evidence - the theft of cash.  Chief Parsley requested Allen be put on unpaid administrative leave after telling the board members Indiana State Police had a video recording to back up the allegations of theft.   Chief Parsley reviewed the video and immediately placed Allen on paid administrative leave and then request a special meeting with the Board of Works.

A crash east of Haysville Monday morning closed Hwy 56 after a after a 19-year-old lost control of her vehicle.   19-year-old Courtney O’Connell of Oak Forest, Ill. was eastbound on the highway near Kellerville Road around 8am  when her 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix went off the south side of the road.   Police say she was traveling too fast for the wet road conditions and went off the road in a curve.   O’Connell overcorrected, according to police, and slid back across the roadway into the westbound lane, where she spun 180 degrees. The rear of her car struck the front of a 2012 Chevrolet heading in the opposite direction driven by 47 year old Danielle Crowder, of French Lick.  After the collision, O’Connell’s vehicle went off the roadway and came to rest.  Police say O’Connell was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the driver’s seat into the rear seat of her vehicle upon impact. She and her 11-year-old brother from Jasper were taken to Memorial Hospital by ambulance for treatment of injuries which included cuts to the foot and head.  The roadway was closed for about an hour while the scene was cleared.  Both vehicles were considered total losses. 

Monday, October 9th, 2017

ISSMA Marching Band Regionals are this Saturday.
All three Orange County Bands, Springs Valley Blackhawk Brigade, Orleans Bulldog Brigade and Pride of Paoli will compete in the Evansville Central Class D Regional this Saturday. Paoli will take the field at 1:18PM, Orleans at 2:23PM and Springs Valley at 2:02PM. Also, the Crawford County Marching Wolfpack will compete and they take the field at 2:36PM. Good luck to all of our area Marching Bands this Saturday.

Three people suffered injuries in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon in Lawrence County. According to a Lawrence County Police Department accident report, 19 year old Nicholas Franklin, of Bedford was traveling west on Harold Smith Road about 5 p.m. He entered a curve and his 2008 GMC Yukon skidded left of center and into the path of a 2010 Kia Sedona, driven by 79 year old Elisha Fleetwood, of Mitchell. Officers noted that the road was slick because of heavy rainfall that had fallen. Visibility was also reduced in the area. Franklin suffered a laceration to his left arm and was treated at the scene. Fleetwood suffered pain to his neck and bleeding from both hands, and his wife and passenger, Nancy Fleetwood, suffered pain in her left rib area. Both were taken by ambulance to IU Health Bloomington. Both vehicles sustained significant damage.

A Huntingburg dentist is facing 26 counts including four Level 5 felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor after an investigation was launched into his actions began with a call about an out of control child last week. 57 year old Alan Friz, of Huntingburg was brought into Dubois County Circuit Court today/Monday to hear the charges against him. Friz’s charges include the following: four Level 5 felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor; 11 Level 5 felony counts of neglect of a dependent; and 11 Level 6 felony counts of criminal confinement. Mrs. Friz is charged with the 11 Level 5 felony counts of neglect of a dependant and 11 felony counts of criminal confinement and set Alan Friz’s bond at $100,000 and wife Aimee Friz’s bond at $50,000. Attorneys for the couple objected to the bond amounts and requested they be set to levels more appropriate for the charges. Judge Nathan Verkamp set bond at $10,000 for Mrs. Friz and for $25,000 for Mr. Friz. He also ordered them to not conthen tact the teenage female in the case and restricted them from leaving the state.

Friday, October 6th, 2017

A Lawrence County man was taken to a hospital after a crash on Guthrie Road Wednesday. According to police reports, At 10:30 p.m., 47 year old Russell Smith of Williams was traveling west on Guthrie Road, near Lemon Quarry Road, in his blue 2001 Jeep Wrangler. The vehicle veered left of center, ran off the road and traveled into a small creek bed. When police arrived Smith was “unsteady on his feet and making inchorent statements that didn’t make sense to what was being asked of him. He eventually told police a deer had run in front of him, but officers reported there were no brake marks on the road and there wasn’t evidence that indicated the Jeep hit a deer. Smith suffered a cut to the right side of his forehead and was taken to IU Health Bedford Hospital for treatment. A search warrant for a blood draw was obtained because police said Smith wasn’t able to consent to a chemical test. The results of the blood test are pending.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office is investigating trash dumps at Hindostan Falls along the River. At this time it appears to be two unrelated sites in the same area. The first site contains two vehicle tires, one large tractor type tire, construction debris from a house trailer along with other miscellaneous debris. The second site is trash from a freezer, which includes a freezer basket, 2 boxes of cookie dough from a school band fundraiser, and several plastic bags of sweet corn. Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the individuals please contact the Martin County Sheriffs Department at (812) 247-3726


Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Police arrested the wife of a Huntingburg dentist charged with neglect and criminal confinement of a juvenile in a cage found in the rural Huntingburg home.
36 year old Aimee Friz, of Huntingburg left the residence during Wednesday’s incident and a subsequent search performed by Dubois County Deputies and Indiana State Police. Today, as deputies were transporting Alan Friz to his court appearance scheduled for 1 p.m., Mrs. Friz was seen outside the courthouse by a deputy. She was arrested and also preliminarily charged with a Level 5 count of neglect of a dependant and a Level 6 felony count of criminal confinement. Mrs. and Dr. Friz appeared in court today and requested bond. According to the Dubois County Prosecuting Attorney, authorities are still compiling information in the case and more charges are likely. Quinn requested and was granted a 72-hour hold on the case as his office completed their investigation. Quinn asked that the court not grant them bond until his office completed its investigation. Judge Nathan Verkamp agreed.

The Jasper City Police Department is asking the public’s help to see if anyone witnessed a two-car accident Tuesday morning at the intersection of U.S. Highway 231 and Baden Strasse. Two people were injured in the accident, one automobile was totaled, and the other damaged extensively. Police say 68 year old Donald Giesler, of Jasper was driving south on 231 and 69 year old Sara Wellman, of Jasper was driving east on Baden Strasse when their cars collided. Both drivers complained of injuries suffered in the accident and were transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital and Health Center for treatment. Anyone witnessing the accident is asked to call 812 482-2255.

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Southern Hills Counseling Center announced they received a $13,000 grant for children’s services to be provided in 2018.
  The WHAS Crusade for Children is an annual telethon broadcast by WHAS-TV and WHAS (AM) Radio in Louisville, Kentucky. The telethon benefits a wide range of children’s charities throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana.  Joe Kimmel, Southern Hill’s Director, explained that the receipt of these grant funds will assist in providing counseling and treatment services for the mental health needs of children in Orange, Crawford, Perry, Dubois, and Spencer Counties. Southern Hills provides behavioral health services for psychiatric, case management, and social service needs for youth of all ages.

A Mitchell man received leg injuries Monday evening  while loading machinery onto a trailer attached to a vehicle on Sherwood Road.   62-year-old Timothy Jean of Mitchell was attempting to load machinery onto trailer attached to a 1995 Ford F-350 when the vehicle came out of park and began rolling down the hill.  When Jean attempted to jump off the trailer , his foot was caught causing him to tumble off the trailer and to the ground with the trailer running over his left leg.  He was taken by amtulance to a hospital for treatment.   The truck and trailer continued down the hill, ran off the roadway and collided with a tree causing damage to the front passenger side of the vehicle.
 

In Bloomiongton, Police arrested 29-year-old Antoinne Shaw on a felony charge of killing a domestic animal and theft. He is being held in the Monroe County Jail on a $3,500 bond. On the evening of March 22, a Bloomington couple reported Shaw had killed their dog - Blue.  Shaw had been staying with the couple and asked Shaw to watch their dogs while they were in Greenwood. The couple paid Shaw in a half-gallon of vodka and cash. When the couple returned home they found a bloody scene and the dog dead on the floor. Police say the dog had been stabbed 10 times in the back.  Two other dogs were not injured. Shaw told police he killed the dog because it was attacking another dog and had walked the other injured dog to a nearby veterinary clinic for treatment. But police say the dog didn't show any sign of injuries and the veterinarian's office had not record of Shaw ever bringing an animal to their clinic.  Shaw was charged with theft after he admitted to stealing portable chargers and an electronic cigarette from the couple's home. 

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

A Statewide Silver Alert has been declared, repeating, a Statewide Silver Alert has been declared.
  The Indiana State Police is investigating the disappearance of an adult from Sellersburg, Indiana.  Sellersburg, Indiana is 104 miles south of Indianapolis.  David Eugene Cox is an 81 year old white male, 6feet 0 inches tall, 143 pounds, gray hair, and blue eyes.  He was last seen wearing blue and white plaid shirt and khaki pants.   He was last seen Monday, October 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm in Sellersburg, Indiana and is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.  He was last seen driving a white 1995 Chevrolet Probe with Indiana Plate 740MAF.  If you have any information on David Eugene Cox, contact the Indiana State Police at 812-246-5424 or 911.

Historic Hotels of America® and Historic Hotels Worldwide® are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Awards of Excellence. Recipients were honored at a special ceremony and gala at The Omni Homestead Resort (1766) in Hot Springs, Virginia on Thursday, September 28. Awards were presented before an audience of more than 200 invited media, industry leaders, owners, senior management, and representatives of the finest historic hotels from across America and from around the world. Honors were given in multiple categories ranging from Hotelier of the Year and Hotel Historian of the Year to Best Historic Resort, Historic Hotelier of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, and others.  Best Historic Hotel (201-400 Guestrooms) was  the West Baden Springs Hotel (1902) West Baden Springs, Indiana 

Fall colors have begun to appear in some parts of the state thanks to an unusually cold start to September.  While all of Indiana has experienced bright, warm days, overnight lows and soil moisture has varied dramatically throughout the state. Low rainfall overall this fall threatens to shorten the window for full color enjoyment.   The best fall color formation happens with bright, warm days, cool nights and moist soils, according to Carrie Tauscher, DNR Division of Forestry's Community & Urban Forestry program coordinator. . Sassafras and sweetgum trees in forest understories and along roadsides regularly give a great show of red, orange and yellow.  The full forest fireworks show in central Indiana should begin in the next two to four weeks depending on weather, and continue for several weeks as long as the state doesn't experience windy storms.  Once the leaves fall, Tauscher said Hoosiers should consider mulching their yard leaves instead of bagging them and sending them to a landfill. One option is to mow leaves and let them be absorbed into the lawn, providing nutrients for the next growing season  

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

A Lawrence County Police Department officer escaped injury when a deer ran in front of the police vehicle he was driving early today.
At around 2:03AM 44 year old Timothy Butcher, of Bedford, was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Caprice on State Road 58 East when the deer ran into his path from a cornfield on the north side of the road.The vehicle sustained heavy front-end damage and was towed from the scene.

In accordance with an order by the President of the United States, Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags statewide to be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the senseless and horrific attack in Las Vegas. Flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on  October 6, 2017.Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents statewide to lower their flags to half-staff until  October 6, 2017, in the wake of this tragedy.

A Friday night call reporting an unwanted visitor in Ferdinand resulted in the drug-related arrests of two men. The Ferdinand Police Department responded at 9:39 p.m. to the complaint of the unwanted visitor at an apartment at 624 W. Ninth St in Ferdinand. Police arrived to find that 21 year old Allen Hutchens, of Ferdinand and 32 year old Jason Racicot, of Jasper, were friends and had allegedly been smoking methamphetamine together. Ferdinand police reported that one of the men reached a heightened level of activity and anxiety due to the drug and the other became uncomfortable and nervous and wanted the friend removed from the residence by police. Police arrested Hutchens and Racicot and preliminarily charged both with Level 6 felony counts of methamphetamine possession and misdemeanor counts of paraphernalia possession. Hutchens was also preliminarily charged with a Level 6 felony count of maintaining a common nuisance and Racicot was additionally charged with a preliminary misdemeanor count of visiting a common nuisance. Both men were booked into the Dubois County Jail

Friday, September 29th, 2017

A Lawrence County man was arrested during a traffic stop this morning on drug charges.
According to Mitchell Police, at 2:28 a.m., a Mitchell Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop at State Road 60 East and South Ninth Street. The officer knew that 50 year old Timothy Tolbert didn’t have a license. As the officer was writing him a summons to appear in court for never having a license, an assisting Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department officer found a baggie with white residue that field-tested positive for meth. The substance was found inside a medication bottle in a black box in the area of the passenger floorboard. Tolbert was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and operator never licensed and was booked into the Lawrence County jail.

Two people were arrested at a home in Mitchell early Thursday morning on meth charges.
According to a Lawrence County Police Report, at 12:22 a.m., Lawrence County Police Department dispatch received a call about possible drug activity at a home on Dale Street in Mitchell where people were wanted on warrants. Four Mitchell officers responded to the scene. Police saw a man through the window and asked him to come to the door. Police confirmed the man, identified as 33 year old Stephen Lamb, who was wanted on a warrant. Officers also arrested 30 year old Leslie Wininger of Paoli at the home because of a outstanding warrant. Police were given permission by the homeowner to search the home. Police reported they found a drug substance that tested positive for meth, as well as legend drugs. Wininger and Lamb were then booked into the Lawrence County jail.

An off-duty Indiana State Police trooper arrested a Lawrence County man this morning on reckless driving charges after clocking him traveling over 100 miles per hour. At 7:11 a.m., Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents was off duty and was southbound on U.S. 231 just north of the Haysville bridge, when he observed the headlights of another southbound vehicle approaching him extremely fast. Lents activated the rear antenna of his radar speed-timing device and clocked the approaching vehicle at 101 mph in a 55 mph zone. Lents pulled to the side of the road and allowed the silver Chevrolet Impala to pass. Lents activated his emergency lights and stopped the Chevrolet in Haysville. Lents asked the driver, 36-year-old Matthew Jeter of Bedford, to step from the car and placed him into custody.  Jeter was lodged in the Martin County Jail on a single count of reckless driving, a Class B misdemeanor.

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Police in  Worthington arrested a woman caring for a child after she bathed the infant in extremely hot water causing blisters.   Police arrested 25-year-old Justine Daugherty on two felony charges of child neglect resulting in bodily injury. She posted a $2,000 cash bond and was released from jail. The child suffered first and second degree burns, a hematoma right parietal (bleeding between the scalp and the skull) and swelling to the right side of the upper skull area.  According to a probable cause affidavit, the mother of the child left the infant in the care of Daugherty on August 8th.   The mother told police she received a text message from Daughtery saying the infant was running a fever. The mother told Daughtery to give the infant a bath to help bring the fever down. Daughtery denied having that conversation with the mother.

Police in Jasper say a medical condition could have been the reason a car went off U.S. 231 south of the State Road 162 intersection Tuesday morning.  Jasper resident  58 year old Martha J. Best, was southbound on U.S. 231 in a 2008 Toyota Camry at about 10:25 a.m. when her car suddenly went left of center and off the highway. Then, the car crashed through an Indiana Department of Transportation right-of-way fence, hit a post and sign owned by Circle A Properties, before traveling across Lube Way and striking an 8-foot chain link fence,   Traveling about 1,370 feet before stopping.    Best complained of chest and back pain, police said. She was transported by ambulance for treatment at Memorial Hospital.   Damage was estimated at $10,000 to the Best Camry, $1,000 to the State of Indiana fence and $750 to the Circle A post and sign.

Authorities say nine police officers were treated after being exposed to an unknown chemical while conducting a drug investigation in central Indiana.   The Kokomo Police Department says the officers encountered "some sort of chemical agent" while serving a search warrant at a home Tuesday night. Police say eight were taken to a hospital by ambulance and another was treated at the hospital.  Police say they reported a burning sensation on the skin and shortness of breath. Two adults at the home and a juvenile also were treated. Police detained several people.  Kokomo Deputy Mayor David Tharp confirmed to the Kokomo Tribune that all affected officers were alert and walking after being exposed to the chemical. Kokomo police Major Brian Seldon says early Wednesday the officers were released from the hospital. 

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

An equipment malfunction is to blame for a fire in a recently harvested cornfield west of Jasper Friday afternoon.   Jasper Volunteer Firefighters responded to the field fire at the property located along the 3600 block of West County Road 150 North owned by Pat and Mike Hochgesang at about 1:05 p.m.  While firefighters were battling the blaze, a farmer brought a tractor to the scene to disk the harvested ground creating a stopgap to thwart the fire’s spread.The fire began when a hot shard from the combine harvesting the field fell onto the dry stalks and began smoldering, according to Hochgesang who estimated about 3 acres burned.   Combined, the two departments responded with 35 to 40 firefighters. Jasper brought three engines and Ireland responded with a tanker and brush rig with an ATV. They were on scene for about 45 minutes.

Counterfeit money has been found in Campbellsburg.  Campbellsburg Town Marshal Claude Combs and the Washington County Sheriff's Department are investigating more incidents of counterfeit money.  A counterfeit $20 bill was used on Sept. 11th at K&E Market and again on Sept. 14th someone passed a counterfeit $10 bill at the store.  Chief Deputy Brent Miller has been working with the Secret Service on the two incidents and discovered that the counterfeit $10 bill has been passed at least 10 other times in two other states. The serial number on the counterfeit $20 bill had no record of being used anywhere other than K&E.  All local and area businesses are reminded to observe for counterfeit money and to report any attempt to pass counterfeit currency to local law enforcement agency.

A Bloomington woman suffered multiple injuries in Mitchell Saturday afternoon.   31-year-old Anastasia Patton was flown by helicopter to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of multiple injuries.  30-year-old Gavin Hemmerlein of Springville was traveling north on State Road 37 in a 2014 Chrysler Town & Country and had the green light at the intersection of State Road 37 and 60 East.  Patton, who was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, had a yellow light and disregarded the signal and turned east onto State Road 60 East into the path of Hemmerlein's vehicle.  Hemmerlein and two passengers,  complained of pain and were taken to IU Health Bloomington for treatment. 

Monday, September 25th, 2017 

Orange County Community Crossings Matching Grants Announced
State Senator Erin Houchin, Senate District 47, has announced that Orange County and three towns received Community Crossings Matching Grants for infrastructure improvements.  Orange County will receive almost $478,000 in addition to grants made to French Lick, Orleans and Paoli.  French Lick will receive $670,000; Orleans will get over $387,000 and Paoli will receive almost $230,000, according to Senator Houchin’s  announcement made on Friday. Through the program, INDOT matches up to $1 million when localities invest in road and bridge repairs. Counties with populations below 50,000 and towns with populations less than 10,000 are matched 75%. Other towns in Senate District 47 receiving grants include Salem, with a grant of $786,000; and Campbellsburg, receiving just over $310,000.

An Indiana University Freshman says he feels lucky to be alive after spending 60 hours locked alone inside a gated cave.  19 year old Lukas Cavar was on a spelunking trip to Sullivan Cave outside Bloomington on Sept. 17th when he became separated from 12 other members of the university's Caving Club.   When he reached the cave entrance, Cavar found fellow club members had padlocked its gate, unaware he remained inside.   Cavar said he couldn't get a cell phone signal, so he screamed for hours. He didn't have much food or any water, so he licked moisture from the cave walls to stay hydrated.   Cavar said he spent most of his time in the cave talking to himself, napping, and foraging for water.  His parents texted him on Monday. When he never responded, they knew something was wrong, and they filed a missing person report. When members of the caving club found out he was missing, they went back to the cave and rescued him late Tuesday

A Henryville mother who drove her car and two children in front of a CSX train back in June was on drugs, according to the Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull .  Ericka Fouch was charged Friday morning with two felony counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, two felony counts of causing a death when operating a vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance and driving with a suspended driver's license.  Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said in a news conference that he has evidence Foutch had taken drugs an hour before the accident and had both marijuana and meth in her blood when she drove into the path of the train without stopping.  Mull says if convicted of all counts, Fouch could be sentenced to up to 42 years in prison.  Adalynn Noel Fouch, 5, and her brother, Wyatt James Isaac Fouch, 4, were pronounced dead at the scene when the SUV Fouch was driving was hit by a train on State Road 160 and Railroad Street in Henryville on June 28th. Fouch suffered serious injuries and required surgery following the crash.   The children were found with weak pulses and were partially trapped inside the 2005 Mitsubishi SUV. The children were later pronounced dead before they were able to be removed from the car.  Autopsies of the children listed the causes of death as multiple blunt force trauma injuries. Adalynn also sustained a skull fracture and Wyatt a broken neck.  Investigators examined video from the CSX train, which shows the SUV driven by Fouch did not stop before it hit the train. Video and audio show the train was blowing its horn, as it approached the flashing railroad intersection.   Mull said the investigation revealed that approximately one hour before the accident Fouch did use drugs.  "I know that she had meth and THC which is a result of using marijuana in her system and that as a result of that she has violated these Indiana statutes. These penalties carry a potential 42 years of incarceration. I want to be clear - if you drive after using drugs and cause a collision that kills people, I'm going to come after you. And it's not going to be to put you in treatment, or put you on probation or to put you in a program - it's going to be to put you in prison. There's just no excuse in using drugs and getting behind the wheel and causing this type of accident."   Fouch told officers that she did not see or hear the train approaching before the collision. When asked which direction she had been traveling, Fouch told officers "I don't know which way I was going." court records show.   During the investigation of the crash, it was determined that the car was hit on the passenger side by the train, after which point it became airborne, rotating 180 degrees to the right and hitting the metal switch house by the train tracks on the passenger side before rotating 90 degrees and hitting a telephone pole on the driver's side.  Video footage from the lead train car recorded that the crossing lights were flashing and the train's horn sounding. It was recorded at traveling 44 miles per hour through the intersection, which has a speed limit of 49 miles per hour. The train was put in emergency stop mode just after the collision, records show.  There are no railroad crossing arms at the intersection where the train collision happened  

 

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

An investigation into numerous severe injuries to a 2-month-old child ended today with the arrest of a Dubois County man. On August 29, 2017, Detective Brock Werne received a complaint from Memorial Hospital in Jasper, regarding a 2-month-old child being brought in with multiple injuries.  Medical staff informed Werne and Detective Sergeant Juli Schnell that the child had suffered a broken collarbone and arm, both on the right side, and a bruised right ear. Werne and Schnell learned that days prior to the 29th, the child’s father, 24-year-old Trent Grider of Dubois, Grider had pulled the child out of a car seat by the right arm.  The action was with enough force to cause the child’s right arm and collarbone to break. On Thursday, September 21st, an arrest warrant was issue by the Dubois County Circuit Court for Grider.  Werne and Master Trooper Brian LaRoche arrested Grider this morning at his place of employment in Saint Anthony.

A Knox County man was arrested this/Friday morning on numerous drug and neglect charges after a trooper stopped to check on a vehicle left running in the roadway. At 7:20 AM this/Friday morning, Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents was southbound on Main Street near 2nd Street in Bicknell, when he encountered a green Chevrolet Camaro parked completely in the southbound lane.  Lents checked on the Chevrolet and found that it was running with its lights on, but was unoccupied.  Lents looked over at the Short Twig Café and saw a man at the counter paying for his order.  Believing that could be the driver of the car, Lents walked into the café and spoke with 29-year-old Derrick Fiscus of Vincennes.  Fiscus informed Lents that the car was his. While speaking to Fiscus, Lents patted Fiscus down to check him for weapons, and instead found two syringes in his pocket.  The syringes later field tested positive for methamphetamine.  Lents conducted a computer check of Fiscus’s driver’s license and found that his driving privileges were suspended for life as a Habitual Traffic Violator. Fiscus was placed into custody without incident and was lodged in the Knox County Jail.  Fiscus’s two-year-old son was with him during the entire incident.  Lents contacted the Department of Child Services and released the child to their care.

Last night at approximately 8:00, Indiana State Police and Knox County Sheriff’s Department responded to 8444 North SR 550, Bruceville, after receiving information 34 year old Chiffonne Puckett, was at the residence. Puckett was wanted out of Daviess County for failing to appear for a resisting law enforcement charge. When officers arrived they found Puckett and she was arrested without incident. While inside the residence, a Knox County deputy observed a hypodermic needle containing a clear liquid substance. A search of the residence revealed several smoking pipes, scales and two other needles containing a liquid substance. The liquid substance in the needles later field tested positive for meth. The homeowner, 52 year old David Yoder, Puckett and two other people 56 year old Michael Hall, of Bruceville, and 50 year old Ruth Adams, of Shoals, were arrested and taken to the Knox County Jail.

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Two were injured in a three-vehicle accident that occurred Wednesday on U.S. 50 East at Woody Farm Road in Lawrence County. According to Lawrence County Police, at around 6:20PM, 30 year old Brigitte Gurden, of Greenwood was driving a 2015 Lincoln MKC and was stopped on U.S. 50 behind a vehicle that was pulling into a parking lot across from Woody Farm Road. Gurden said that, as she waited, her vehicle was struck in the rear by the 2006 Jeep Commander driven by 35 year old Sarah Enochs, of Bedford. Enochs said she struck the rear of the Lincoln as a result of her vehicle being struck in the rear by a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Jessica Bertsch of Seymour. Bertsch told police she didn’t see the stopped vehicles. Gurden was transported to a Bedford area hospital after suffering pain in unspecified parts of her body. Enochs complained of knee, lower leg and foot pain and transported to a Bedford area hospital for treatment. Bertsch was evaluated at the scene and refused treatment.

A 19-year-old Dubois County woman is in jail on multiple drug-related offenses following a routine traffic stop last night. According to Jasper Police , around 10 p.m. Wednesday night, an officer with the Department observed a vehicle traveling westbound on 6th Street, approaching the intersection with MacArthur Street, without its headlights illuminated. After initiating a traffic stop, police say they determined the driver, Maranda Sloan of Princeton, had an suspended infraction on her Indiana Identification Card. Police identified the passenger as 19-year-old Cassidy Engleman, of Jasper and determined that she had an active warrant out of Pike County for minor consuming. After placing Engleman under arrest for the warrant, police allegedly found a glass smoking pipe containing methamphetamine inside her pants. Police also allegedly located two dollar bills that were rolled into tubes and contained a white crystaline powder that allegedly tested positive for meth. A small, metal smoking pipe with burnt residue that tested positive for synthetic drugs was also allegedly found in the vehicle. After being medically cleared by Memorial Hospital for methamphetamine withdrawals, police say Engleman was transported to the Dubois County Jail.
While at intake at the Jail, police say they discovered two 8mg packages of Suboxone, a level III controlled substance, and 1.4g of synthetic drugs that were allegedly concealed inside of Engleman's undergarments. Police say Engleman was booked on preliminary counts of felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a synthetic drug, possession of paraphernalia and trafficking with an inmate.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2017

The Orange County Historical Society will host an Open House type event at the Museum in Paoli this Sunday, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.   OCHS President Robert Henderson said the Museum which has been closed for the past several months for some much needed renovation efforts will be open for anyone interested in visiting and viewing some of the updated exhibit areas.  The Museum will also be in open for the Paoli Merchants Christmas Open House on November 19th. Although the Museum is normally shuttered after that event for the winter months it will be still be open to visitors and/or small groups by appointment only through spring, 2018.  For more information on the OCHS and its activities and/or the Museum contact Henderson at (812) 653-1212 

Lawrence County and Conservation officers rescued a Bedford woman Monday morning after a resident in the 910 block of Peaceful Valley Road reported hearing a woman screaming.  At 6 a.m. the resident reported hearing a woman screaming about God and repenting.  When officers arrived they learned that a 31-year-old woman had used a boat to navigate the White River to the other side of the bank.  "Once on the bank the boat floated away leaving the woman stranded," says Lawrence County Chief Deputy Aaron Shoults.   Officers contacted Indiana Conservation officers who brought a boat to the scene and were able to get the woman on board and transport her to safety and an awaiting ambulance.  The woman was taken to Bloomington Hospital for a medical evaluation. The boat that had floated downstream was later recovered by Conservation officers and returned to the owner

It's harvest season in Indiana, which is the busiest time of the year for the agriculture industry. With additional equipment, machinery and seasonal workers comes an increased risk of accidents and injuries.  As farmers begin to harvest their crops, drivers can expect to see large farm equipment traveling on the roads. Studies show accidents between farm equipment and motor vehicles increase during this time of the year.  Farm machines move at slower speeds than most vehicles, and often times need additional space on the roads. Motorists may need to slow down, be patient, move over, or even come to a stop to allow the equipment to pass.  Farmers will be working hard this fall to provide us with food on our tables, and drivers need to work to stay out of harm's way.






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