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Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Shortly after 6:30 pm Tuesday evening.  the Washington County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a domestic situation with weapons at 102 Lapping Road, Hardinsburg, in Washington County. When deputies and troopers arrived on the scene they made contact with a male subject who stated he was the one who called 911.   He stated he and his ex-wife, 49 year old 49 year old Katrina E. Heath,  had been arguing earlier in the evening and he left the residence to run errands. He stated when he returned home his ex-wife threatened him with a firearm and allegedly fired a round from the gun. He stated he left the home and called 911. The female was allegedly in the home by herself.  A perimeter was set up around the home and shortly after this Indiana State Police Negotiators and SWAT members arrived.   At 9:18 pm, Katrina Heath was taken into custody last night by officers and incarcerated at the Washington County Jail on the charges of Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm, Intimidation, Pointing a Firearm, Resisting Law Enforcement and Attempted Murder. . 

Police in Seymour are requesting the public's help in locating 28-year-old Jathon Donavan Phillips who is wanted on charges of intimidation with a deadly weapon and battery after injuring a woman.  Phillips, of Seymour, is also facing charges maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Police were alerted to the incident after a woman went to Schneck Medical Center for treatment of her injuries Thursday afternoon.  The woman told police she was attacked by Phillips at the Knights Inn on North Sandy Creek Drive.  Police say Phillips is also wanted for questioning for his possible his involvement in multiple additional criminal investigations.  Any information on Phillps, contact the Seymour Police Department at 812-522-1234 or call 911.

Health officials say the number of flu-related deaths in Indiana this season has doubled to 50 as of the first week of 2018.  The Indiana State Department of Health says in its weekly influenza report for the period ending Dec. 6 that 36 of the deaths occurred among people age 65 or older, compared with 16 deaths in that age group being reported through Dec. 30. Ten other deaths have occurred in the 50-64 age group, three in the 25-49 age group and one in the 5-24 age group.  The report says flu activity is widespread across the state.  Several Indiana hospitals have taken precautions to prevent the spread of the flu. Those precautions include barring visitors showing flu symptoms and those other than immediate family or other significant persons. 

 

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

West Baden Police Chief Dave Atchison lost his battle to cancer on Thursday Jan. 11.Atchison, 56, of Orleans, passed away surrounded by family and friends at his home.He was born on July 17th, 1961 in Bedford, Indiana to Eugene Atchison and Alma "Melton" Owens.  He married Donna Roach on May 4th, 2001 and she survives.Dave was a 1981 graduate of Mitchell High School and following high school, he served our country in the United States Marine Corps from 1980-1989 in the Granada and Bruit conflicts. After being honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps, he served in the United States Army Reserves from 1991-1996 and then the United States Army National Guard from 2001-2003. Dave was a member of the American Legion Post 250 in Mitchell, Indiana.  Dave was not afraid to work and through the years was employed with the Bedford Parks Department, Orange County Sheriff's Department as Jail Commander and Road Deputy, the French Lick Springs Hotel in Surveillance and the West Baden Police Department, where his most recent position was Chief of Police. He was a former member of the Blue Knights, Legion Riders and an avid motorcycle rider.  He was part of the Scuba Team, was a guest instructor at ILEA for Defense Tactics and a certified instructor for Taser and Defense Tactics. He trained with the Evansville Police Department SWAT Team to assist in perfecting his skills as an Active Shooter Instructor.Dave has been practicing Mixed Martial Arts for over 30 years and established Atchison Martial Arts in Orleans, where he taught and mentored both students and at-risk youth on discipline and leadership. He always had high expectations for his students and even higher of his children.  He held several black belts in martial arts, they include - Kempo, Kenpo, Issin Ryu, Hapkido, 2nd Degree Tae Kwon Do, blue belt under Royce Gracie, purple belt under Rickson Gracie and a black belt under Carlson Gracie Jr. Dave was a Professor of Carlson Gracie Jr. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Dave is survived by his wife, Donna Atchison, of Orleans; two sons Tyler Atchison and his wife Emily, of Orleans,
Hunter Atchison and his wife Chelsie, of Orleans; one daughter Amanda Blanton and husband Nick, of Orleans; one brother Roland "Bub" Atchison and wife Linda, of Mitchell; two sisters Darlene Irwin and husband Kenny, of Mitchell and Glenda Duncan and husband Larry, of Mitchell; seven grandchildren Payton Blanton, Carter Allen, Payton Atchison, Hanlea Atchison, Linley Atchison, Easton Blanton, and Hadlea Atchison.A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be conducted by Kirby Stailey at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 20th, at Unity Hall Orleans Christian Church in Orleans. Friends may call Friday, January 19th, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Unity Hall Orleans Christian Church in Orleans, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to Atchison Martial Arts for existing and continuing costs in memory of Dave's legacy as a teacher of discipline and leadership to the youth of his community, as well as the at-risk youth of the community. Donations can be sent to: Atchison Martial Arts, 360 North Second Street, Orleans, IN 47452.  Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Homes, 9640 W. State Road 56, French Lick, Indiana 47432.

A Washington woman is accused of striking a Jasper Police Officer after she was accused of shoplifting.  Saturday morning, 34-year-old Mistee Starr Hayes was detained by Walmart security for taking some clothing and reading glasses valued at $88.  When Jasper Police arrived to arrest her, Hayes struck the officer while attempting to resist arrest.  Hayes is facing preliminary charges of theft, resisting law enforcement, and battery. She was also arrested on a Dubois County warrant for contempt of court. She is being held on $5,500 bond in the Dubois County Security Center. 

Longtime Orleans firefighter Norman "Red" Cundiff and Chief Brent Elliot were recently honored for their many years of service.  Cundiff most recently served as safety officer and assistant fire administrator for the department.  Longtime firefighter and Chief Brent Elliott recently retired after 34 years of outstanding service to the Town of Orleans and its citizens.   Both men were honored by town officials with a special resolution and plaque. Elliott was also given a badge.

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

A Martin County man was arrested after taking police on a high-speed chase.  The incident began  around 10:30 Tuesday evening in Morgan County after officers clocked the vehicle traveling at more than 100 miles per hour.  The driver of the car, Kyle Lee, of Loogootee,  made his way to Interstate 70 traveling west.  That is when deputies from the Clay County Sheriff's Office and Brazil Police joined in the chase.  According to the report, Brazil Police officers placed stop sticks on Interstate 70 near the 23 mile-marker.  Lee was able to avoided the stop sticks, exiting southbound on State Road 59.  Police say when Lee saw police a little further ahead, he did a U-Turn and drove into a field to escape. Officers were able to catch up with Lee and arrested him.   He was then turned over to Mooresville Police who arrested him on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle; resisting law enforcement; reckless driving; criminal recklessness; possession of a hypodermic needle; possession of paraphernalia; and criminal mischief, along with numerous traffic violations.

PLAINFIELD, IND. – Duke Energy Indiana customers set a new all-time winter peak record for energy usage on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Duke Energy Indiana serves approximately 820,000 households and businesses in parts of 69 counties.  The unofficial winter peak record is now 7,281 megawatt-hours in the hour ending at 9 a.m., which beat the previous record set on Jan. 6, 2014, when customers used 7,214 megawatt-hours.   “Last week was bitterly cold in Indiana, and our team worked around-the-clock to make sure we were prepared to meet our customers’ energy needs,” said Nelson Peeler, senior vice president and chief transmission officer. “Extreme temperatures drive record usage since the majority of the energy we use as consumers is for heating or cooling our homes and businesses. Our system performed well during this time frame when we know our customers count on us most.”  Duke Energy system operators closely monitored the electric system as temperatures dove well below zero degrees at times last week and helped ensure the company had an adequate supply of electricity to meet energy demand.  Cold weather can cause energy usage to spike, and it is a good time for customers to use energy more efficiently to manage their bills and help ensure reliability of the electric grid. Tips for saving on your winter heating bill: https://illumination.duke-energy.com/articles/tips-for-saving-on-your-winter-heating-bill.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — When babies crawl, their movement across floors, especially carpeted surfaces, kicks up high levels of dirt, skin cells, bacteria, pollen, and fungal spores, a new study has found. The infants inhale a dose of bio bits in their lungs that is four times (per kilogram of body mass) what an adult would breathe walking across the same floor.   As alarming as that sounds, lead researcher Brandon Boor of Purdue University is quick to add that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  "We are interested in the biological material an infant inhales, especially during their first year of life when they are crawling. Many studies have shown that inhalation exposure to microbes and allergen-carrying particles in that portion of life plays a significant role in both the development of, and protection from, asthma and allergic diseases," Boor says. "There are studies that have shown that being exposed to a high diversity and concentration of biological materials may reduce the prevalence of asthma and allergies later in life." 

 

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

One Transported to Hospital after Buggy and Ambulance Collide  Daviess County: Around 8:27 Tuesday evening,  troopers from the Jasper Post responded to a two vehicle crash on County Road 900E at County Road 975N involving a Daviess County Ambulance (Southwest Medical) and a horse and buggy.  Preliminary investigation revealed that the ambulance was traveling south, on CR 900 E, with its emergency lights activated but no siren, transporting a patient to the hospital. As the ambulance approached CR 975N they met a line of horse and buggies also traveling south.  Travis Wagler, 19 of Odon, was driving the last buggy in the line.  Wagler did not see nor hear the ambulance when he began to turn his buggy left onto CR 975N.  The driver of the ambulance, Dawn Wagoner, 38, of Odon, did not have time to avoid the buggy and struck the left side of the buggy causing it to flip with the occupants still inside.  Wagler and one of the passengers received minor cuts and bruises, however a female occupant of the buggy was transported to the Daviess County Hospital for treatment of her injuries.  No one including the patient on board the ambulance was injured.  The ambulance had damage to the right front and the buggy had extensive damage.  The horse was dazed but not injured.  Assisting ISP at the scene was the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, Odon Town Marshall, Odon First Responders, Southwest Medical, and Wagler’s Towing.

State Parks visitors braved Arctic air on First Day Hikes  Brutal temperatures couldn’t deter the more than 1,000 people who participated in a guided First Day Hike at an Indiana State Park property on Jan. 1.  Combined, those 1,033 hikers trekked 1,158 miles.  The average high across Indiana that day was 1 degree Fahrenheit, according to Angie Manuel, chief of interpretation for DNR Division of State Parks.  “If I didn’t already know that Indiana State Parks had some of the most dedicated visitors, I sure knew it when 50 hikers joined me for a minus 7 degree prairie walk at Prophetstown State Park,” Manuel said.  First Day Hikes are a healthy way to start the year and a chance to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and connect with friends. The hikes are hosted each year by staff and volunteers at Indiana’s 32 state park properties and are part of a nationwide program promoted by America’s State Parks.  Hikes ranged in length from a half-mile to 4 miles. The types of hikes varied, too. Charlestown State Park hosted a night hike for viewing the “supermoon,” and hikers at O’Bannon Woods State Park walked with one of the property’s resident oxen.   Monroe Lake welcomed the most participants, with 196 people attending an event offering 3.7- and 1.3-mile run/walks.

A major storm system Friday into early Saturday could result in significant hazardous winter weather across the Ohio Valley, and this could include all or parts of central Kentucky and south- central Indiana. Rain Thursday night and Friday morning should change to snow with accumulating snow expected. There even could be a period of freezing rain during the transition. Due to model forecast inconsistency, the exact evolution of this system is uncertain at this time which will greatly affect actual conditions

 

Monday, January 8th, 2018

State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem) announced the filing of Senate Bill 221, aimed at combatting the increasing drug epidemic in Indiana by reforming usage practices for Indiana’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (INSPECT). This legislation has been included on the Senate Majority Caucus’ 2018 Agenda and Gov. Eric Holcomb’s 2018 Next Level Agenda. INSPECT allows a prescriber of opioids or benzodiazepines to search a patient’s previous prescription history to determine if they are “doctor shopping” for multiple prescriptions, are using their prescriptions at a rate higher than prescribed, or are at risk for an overdose. Currently, registration and regular searches of the INSPECT system are voluntary.SB 221 would require practitioners who wish to prescribe opioids or benzodiazepines to register with INSPECT and perform mandatory searches, which will be phased in over a three-year period.Prescribers in emergency rooms and pain management clinics would be required to register and search by Jan. 1, 2019, all prescribers in hospital settings would be required to participate by Jan. 1, 2020, and all other prescribers would be required by Jan. 1, 2021. Houchin  represents Crawford, Orange, Harrison, Perry and Washington counties as well eastern Dubois County.

The Gibson County Sheriff’s Department took a St. Anthony couple into custody late Friday night and accused them of attempted burglary and criminal trespass. According to a police report, a deputy performing extra patrol of a residence in the 4000 block of South Gibson County Road 550W in the Owensville area at 11:35 p.m. observed a maroon 1998 GMC pickup parked on the property that did not belong there. The deputy had been patrolling and watching the area because of several thefts that had occurred in recent weeks. Upon entering the property, the deputy located 36-year-old Humberto Palma and 31-year-old Tosha Sisk, both of St. Anthony, inside one of the buildings. The deputy held them there at gunpoint until back-up officers could arrive. After an investigation, both Palma and Sisk were transported to the Gibson County Jail. Both were preliminarily charged with felony attempted burglary and misdemeanor criminal trespass.

A traffic stop early Saturday morning resulted in a Spencer County man being accused of impaired driving. The Huntingburg Police Department stopped a Honda CR-V driven by 30 year old Sean Muldoon, of Dale, at 4:27 a.m. at Fourth and Chestnut streets after allegedly observing Muldoon fail to yield the right of way at a highway. Police allege Muldoon’s blood alcohol content tested .15 percent.Authorities booked Muldoon into the Dubois County Jail at 5:53 a.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of drunken driving. Muldoon posted bond that afternoon.

Thursday, January 4th, 2017

A dump truck accident caused damage to utility poles and phone lines on Mill Creek Road Wednesday near Mitchell. According to police reports, at 9:56 a.m., 61-year-old Carl W. Duncan, of Bedford, was pulling out from the back entrance of Lehigh Cement Co. onto Mill Creek Road in a white 1991 Mack registered to Turner Heavy Haul. He forgot to lower his dump bed, which caused the truck to get caught on phone lines. The truck broke two poles, tore down phone lines and damaged a fiber optic cable. The accident caused an estimated $25,001 to $50,000 worth of damage.


Friday, December 29th, 2017

A Lawrence County teen was taken to a hospital after a crash on State Road 158 West early this morning. At 12:04 a.m., 18 year old Hailey Miller of Bedford was driving east on State Road 158 West, just east of Lavender Lane, in a green 2005 Ford Escape. She said she looked down at her cellphone, which caused her to cross over the center line. The car eventually ran off the road, struck a utility pole, then hit a fence. Miller suffered a laceration, abrasions and contusions to her face. She was taken to IU Health Bedford Hospital by ambulance

Police say 275 syringes were found during a traffic stop Wednesday that resulted in the arrests of two people. According to police reports, at 10:56 p.m., a Mitchell Police Department officer was on patrol when he noticed a vehicle run through a stop sign at the intersection of Teke Burton Drive and Main Street. After the officer turned on his lights, Johnson said the vehicle continued on for another block, then stopped at Camelot Court. 39 year old Thomas Moffitt, of Boonville Moffitt was the driver and his passenger was 40 year old Piper Brown of Evansville. Police reported that Moffitt said he lost his wallet and didn’t have his license on him. Moffitt was wanted on a warrant from Vanderburgh County. In addition police noticed a digital scale in the middle console which contained residue that tested positive for meth. Brown also hid two baggies containing a drug substance in a body cavity and the substance tested positive for meth.In addition, police reported they found 275 syringes in the vehicle. More than 7 grams of meth was found during the stop.Moffitt and Brown were then booked into the Lawrence County jail.

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

A Dubois County resident wanted on numerous felony and misdemeanor warrants is facing additional charges after he allegedly resisted arrest and was found in possession of methamphetamine. A Jasper officer recognized 24 year old Jacob Hundley, of  Jasper at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when he saw him sitting in a vehicle at the Circle A gas station at 1402 Newton Street. The officer knew Hundley had several warrants for his arrest and made contact with him. However, Hundley allegedly jumped out of the vehicle and took off running, but officers were able to catch him in the middle of Newton Street. During the arrest, officers allegedly found Hundley in possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia and he was belligerent and disorderly at the scene. According to police, after Hundley was placed in the police vehicle, he took off his seatbelt and attempted to escape while the officer was walking around to get into the driver’s seat. Hundley continued to be belligerent and disorderly at the Dubois County Jail where he was resisting and refusing to comply with jail staff. Hundley was wanted on warrants for three felony counts of intimidation, as well as criminal recklessness, reckless driving, a second petition to revoke work release and failure to appear for possession of marijuana. He was charged with two counts of resisting law enforcement, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, escape and disorderly conduct.

A “seamless transition” is what Mike Elliott, from the Jasper Group, said is planned as it assumes operations at the Paoli Inc. production plant that had appeared to be on its way to standing empty on the south side of Orleans.A formal announcement was made Thursday that the Paoli Inc. building has new owners and has what an Orange County Economic Development Partnership news release referred to as “a revitalized purpose.” The Jasper Group plans to expand its furniture production operations at the 1.2 million-square-foot facility early next year.

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham issued the following statement  regarding an officer involved shooting on Christmas Eve.  At approximately 1:49 a.m. Sunday, Lawrence County Central Dispatch received a 911 call at 559 Old Buddha Road. The caller told dispatchers that her daughter, Anita Keller, left the house to go outside. When the caller noticed her daughter had not returned, she searched for her daughter without success and heard a gunshot. She returned to the house and called 911.  The caller told the dispatcher she feared her daughter had shot herself.  Three officers from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene along with an AMR ambulance crew, which was directed to stage nearby.  Based on the report to the dispatcher, the officers anticipated they were searching for an individual with a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound. During a search behind the residence, officers heard movement in a field and located Keller on the ground and armed with a handgun.   Officers immediately found cover and ordered Keller to abandon the weapon and surrender to the officers.  These demands occurred multiple times during an encounter exceeding nine minutes in duration.  Keller repeatedly refused to drop the weapon, threatened to shoot officers and bystanders, and pointed the gun at officers. Keller then left her original position and approached the officers while armed.  When Keller approached closely enough that officers' cover was ineffective, She again refused to drop the weapon.  Officers fired at Keller and she fell to the ground.  Officers provided immediate assistance and summoned the ambulance crew from the staging area to the seen of the shooting.  A small semi-automatic handgun was found beside Keller. Another weapon was found in the vicinity of Keller's position. Keller was transported by air ambulance to a Louisville hospital. Based on reports from medical personnel, Keller remains hospitalized and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.  Two officers who discharged weapons at the scene have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an incident investigation.   Additional details will be released upon conclusion of the investigation.  A report will be filed with the Lawrence County Prosecutor's Office to determine if criminal charges should be filed against Keller for pointing a firearm at the officers.

Two Indianapolis residents were arrested in Williams after they stole a vehicle out of Marion County.   According to Lawrence County Chief Deputy Aaron Shoults, deputies were alerted about the stolen 2003 Chevrolet Suburban after Bedford Police received information that the vehicle's GPS said the vehicle was on State Road 450 near Williams.  A deputy spotted the vehicle near WIlliams Dam and stopped the driver a short time later.  37-year-old Larry Thompson and his passenger as 38-year-old Nichole Thompson, both of Indianapolis. Both were arrested and taken to the Lawrence County Jail on auto theft charges. Larry was also wanted on a warrant out of Marion County for petition to revoke probation.  Nichole was also charges with false informing after she gave police a fake name and trafficking with an inmate after she was found to be hiding a glass smoking device inside her body.   The stolen vehicle was towed from the scene and is being held pending Marion County's investigation.

Indiana was added to the list of states with widespread flu activity. The Centers for Disease Control on Friday said that Indiana is among 23 states which have been hit hard by the flu this season.  Doctors say a flu shot can still help, even if the vaccine this year is a little less effective than in years past.  Meanwhile, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky are also reporting widespread flu activity


Friday, December 22nd, 2017

A Lawrence County woman was taken to a hospital after a crash on Tunnelton Road Thursday morning.
According to police reports, At 11:51 a.m 39-year-old Samantha East of Bedford was driving south on Tunnelton Road, between Buddha Bypass Road and Vinegar Hill Road, on a white 2013 Honda mo-ped. She said she hit a pothole, which cause her mo-ped to crash and hit the pavement during the crash. East complained of pain to her upper leg. A witness, who was traveling behind East, said the pothole caused East to crash.

A Lawrence County man was taken to the hospital after an accident on State Road 158 West Wednesday night.
According to the Lawrence County Sheriffs Department report, at around 10:49 p.m., 73-year-old James Patton of Springville, was traveling west on State Road 158, near the Salt Creek bridge, in his silver 2005 Buick Century. A witness, who was traveling behind Patton, said Patton’s car crossed back and forth across the center line, then eventually hit a guard rail. The vehicle bounced off the guardrail, then crossed to the other side of the road until it hit another guard rail. The witness reported the tires were still spinning, even after the car hit the rail. In addition, the witness reported it looked like Patton was having a seizure. Patton suffered a possible heart attack. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and he was wearing a seat belt.

Thursday, December 21st 2017

The Jasper Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash at approximately 3:44 p.m. Wednesday.
The suspect vehicle is a red Ford F-150 that should have significant damage to the right front passenger side of the truck. The accident occurred at the corner of Tealwood Drive and Leawood Drive. The suspect vehicle was last seen eastbound on Tealwood Drive.Anyone with information regarding this accident is asked to contact the Jasper Police Department at 812-482-2255 or the tip line at 812-481-2677 (COPS). All calls can remain anonymous.

Two men involved in stealing the credit card information of hundreds of victims by planting skimming devices at gas stations were sentenced in federal court recently. 30 year old Roberto Moner, of Louisville, was sentenced to 48 months imprisonment by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess counterfeit or unauthorized access devices, possession of counterfeited or unauthorized access devices, conspiracy to produce, use, and traffic in one or more counterfeit access devices, possession of device-making equipment, and aggravated identity theft. In November 2017, Moner’s co-defendant, 45 year old Adianez Herrera, of Louisville, was sentenced to 48 months imprisonment by Judge Young for the same charges. In December 2015, the Jasper Indiana Police Department received information that a victim had her credit card information compromised. Law enforcement later learned that Moner installed card-skimming machines at gas stations in the Jasper Indiana vicinity. Using the skimming devices, he was able to obtain information from the credit card and download the information onto other stolen or counterfeit cards to make illegal purchases. Moner and Herrera used the counterfeit and stolen cards to make purchases worth thousands of dollars in the Jasper area .This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, FBI and Jasper Indiana Police Department

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Paoli Town  officials are planning a grand re-opening of a historic Paoli Bridge. The bridge has been closed since Christmas Day in 2015 when Mary Lambright drove a tractor-trailer across the historic bridge, causing it to collapse.   Lambright entered a blind plea of guilty to the reckless operation of a tractor-trailer; operating a vehicle over a bridge, causeway or viaduct while weighing more than maximum weight; disregarding an official traffic control device; and operating a motor vehicle in violation of restriction in March.  She apologized to everyone in Orange County saying that it was "a terrible mistake" and she never intended to cause the damage. Lambright said when she crossed the bridge that connects Lick Creek in downtown Paoli, she didn't realize her semi was too tall and too heavy for the bridge to support it.  Orange County Commissioner Richard Dixon says the restoration project is nearly complete. Crews are currently installing reinforced entryways on both sides of the bridge that will prevent damage from any over-sized vehicles in the future.  Weather is going to play a factor on the completion  but it’s hopeful for an opening of the bridge in January.  Estimates put the cost of the repairs at about three-quarters of a million dollars 

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is looking for a missing teen.  17-year-old Savannah's Franke’s family told police she was last seen on Tuesday in Washington County.   Savannah's family has reason to believe she has ran away.  Savannah may also be in the Scott County area.  Anyone with information about Savannah is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff's Department at (812) 883-5999..

On Tuesday afternoon,  Indiana Conservation officers recovered the body of 85-year-old Robert Waters in Richards Lake Tuesday afternoon.  Conservation officers utilized Side Scan Sonar and SCUBA divers to determine a vehicle was in fact in the water. The search ended at approximately 8 p.m. on Monday night and resumed early Tuesday morning.   Due to the rocky underwater high wall and the vehicle at a depth of 55 feet, the extraction was dangerous and technical in nature.  At approximately 3 p.m. a recovery was made.  The body of Mr. Waters was recovered by ICO divers.  Waters had been the subject of a Silver Alert that was issued on Friday, December 15th.  Other Agencies on the scene included the Greene County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police, Dugger Police Department, Greene County Coroner, UDWI REMC, and Ken's Westside Wrecker Service  

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 

Authorities in Orange County arrested five individuals early Sunday morning  after being called to a home on Marshall Road concerning someone shooting a gun in the area.  When Orange County Deputies and Indiana State Police arrived, multiple individuals ran into a wooded area behind the residence.   The Orange County Sheriff's Department, State Police and Paoli Police searched the woods with the assistance of Paoli's K-9 Unit and apprehended Chandra Brown, Larry Warren, Jeffrey Brooking Jr and two men named David Bennett.  All five are facing drug related charges after police found drugs inside the home. 

Indiana Conservation officer will continue searching a body of water at the Greene-Sullivan State Forest this morning .  Conservation Officer Nathan Lutz cannot say if the search is in related to the silver alert for Robert G. Waters, of Linton.   Conservation Officers Mike Gregg and Matt Landis were patrolling the area around 3:30 p.m. Monday when they found evidence that a vehicle may have driven off the road into a body of water in Greene-Sullivan State Forest.   Conservation officers, as well as State Police and Greene County Sheriff's Department personnel, were on site while a boat scanned for objects beneath the water on Monday.  Officers in a boat used side scan sonar technology, to look for the vehicle. After finding what they believed to be the vehicle about 65 feet below the surface around 7 p.m. divers were sent into the water.  Officers dragged the lake bottom until search efforts concluded around 7:50 p.m. 

A  Ferdinand man was arrested on charges of child molestation, sexual misconduct with a minor, child seduction and dissemination of matter harmful to a minor.  Police arrested 50-year-old Rudy Wayne Riley, at 2 p.m. Thursday after a complaint regarding the alleged activities was reported to the Division of Family and Child Services.   Ferdinand Police Department say the case remains under investigation.  

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Bedford Fire Fighters responded to a house fire Friday. According to reports, Bedford Fire Department responded to 1920 J St in Bedford after dispatchers from the Bedford Police Department received a call at 7:23 p.m. A neighbor had called and reported flames bursting out of the house. Residents of the house were not at home at the time. Firefighters though rescued a dog from the structure. No information was released on who lived in the home but the property is believed to be owned by Tim Fleenor.

Jasper Police arrested a man on six counts connected to domestic battery incidents that occurred between October and December.
According to police reports, on Sunday, Jasper Police were contacted about a female victim that had been allegedly beaten and strangled multiple occasions during that time frame. After an investigation into the allegations was completed, officers took 24 year old Michael Fryou, of Baden Strasse, into custody. Police charged Fryou with three Level 6 felony counts of domestic battery, two Level 6 felony counts of strangulation and one Level 6 felony count of intimidation. He was booked into the Dubois County Jail. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department also assisted in the incident.

A Dubois County grass fire spread to and consumed an Oldsmobile on Saturday afternoon
. Units of the St. Henry Volunteer Fire Department were called at 5:26 p.m. to the Bill Beier residence at 854 W. 1100S in St. Henry. According to a police report, a controlled burn at the location had not been called into dispatch. The homeowner burning the brush went inside at one point and the fire spread into grass and under a 2000 Oldsmobile, catching it on fire. Two St. Henry firefighters driving by the residence spotted the fire and reported it using a cellphone. The Oldsmobile that had been engulfed in flames was destroyed and was being used as a salvaged parts car. Firefighters extinguished the car fire and the blaze that burned a 50-by-100 area in the grass. Four trucks and 13 firefighters were on the scene 30 minutes.

Friday, December 15th, 2017


An investigation into the forgery of a prescription resulted in the service of arrest warrants on two women Thursday. On September 29, Master Trooper Brian LaRoche received a complaint of a prescription being altered and passed.  LaRoche learned that 53-year-old Kimberly Feltner of Holland had received a prescription for medication, and had allowed her sister, 59-year-old Pamela Hoffman of Loogootee, to alter the number of pills Feltner was supposed to receive. LaRoche found that after changing the quantity of the prescription, Feltner passed the prescription, received the additional medication, and split the quantity with Hoffman.LaRoche received arrest warrants from the Dubois County Superior Court on both Feltner and Hoffman and they were arrested and charged with Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud, Level 6 Felony. Feltner and Hoffman were arrested without incident and booked into the Dubois County Jail.

Earlier this morning, the Indiana State Police DES and ISP Bloomington District A.C.E.S. (Aggresive Criminal Enforcement Section) led a criminal patrol in Monroe County. Just after 1:30 AM Sgt. Greg Day and Trp. Matt Harris conducted a traffic stop of a 2011 Ford F150 truck for a speeding violation. The violation occurred on SR 46, just east of SR 446. During the course of the stop, indicators of criminal activity were observed.  Upon Trp. Allen Deel’s arrival, his canine Drogos was deployed. A positive alert was given for the presence of narcotics in the truck. Troopers then located almost ¼ pound of methamphetamine.  The drugs were found hidden, wrapped in plastic inside an opened but full five gallon bucket of drywall mud. Arrested was 47 year old Michael Tucker, of Bloomington - Dealing Methamphetamine (Level 2 Felony) and Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 3 Felony). Anyone with illegal drug information is encouraged to contact the Bloomington Indiana State Police Post at 812-332-4411. Your tip can remain anonymous and could save lives!

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

A man was injured in a one-vehicle crash in Lawrence County on Saturday night.  , 45-year-old Mitchell Nusbaum, of Williams  was traveling east on Pumphouse Road and approaching Redman Drive in his 2011 Ford F-250 when he ran his truck off the left side of the road striking a Duke Energy electric pole .  Police say Nusbaum had the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath and person and his eyes were blood shot and he was unsteady on his feet.  He was given a protable breath test at the scene what was positive for alcohol.  Nusabaum complained of back pain was taken by ambulance to IU Health Hospital for treatment and a blood alcohol test. That blood sample was sent to the IU Department of Toxicology and those results are pending. A warrant was requested for Nuasbaum's arrest pending the results of that test.

A sleepy driver caused a crash on U.S. 231 north of Jasper Monday afternoon.  According to the Dubois County Free Press,  51 year old Mark L. Bailey, of , Bloomfield, was southbound on U.S. 231 in a 2008 Ford F-250 at about 4:25 p.m. when he nodded off. According to police, his truck traveled over the centerline about a 1000 feet north of Old Road 45 and sideswiped an oncoming 2016 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Steven L. Arvin, 56, of Loogootee.   After the collision, Bailey’s truck stopped off the west side of the highway facing south and Arvin’s Chevrolet stopped off the east side of U.S. 231 facing north.   Deputies estimated both trucks had about $5,000 in damages. Bailey’s Ford was towed from the scene by a Uebelhor and Sons wrecker.   There were no injuries, . 

A Lost River Township saturation patrol resulted in the arrest of a French Lick man.  During the early morning hours Thursday, Martin County Sheriff Travis Roush and Martin County Deputies Tyler Reed and John Wright conducted a saturation patrol in Lost River Township. At 12:55 a.m., Deputy Reed saw a vehicle commit a moving violation near the intersection of Emmons Ridge Road and Hillham Road. Deputy Reed conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, 31-year-old Robert "Bobby" G. Roach II.  Sheriff Roush and Deputy Wright arrived, shortly thereafter, to assist.  Deputy Reed utilized his narcotics-certified K9 Virka for a free air sniff of the exterior of the vehicle. K9 Virka, who gave a positive indication at the front driver's side door for the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and found a pill bottle containing a white residue. The residue field tested positive for meth. A hand-rolled cigarette was also located which contained a green leafy plant-like substance that field tested positive for marijuana.  Roach was arrested and taken to the Martin County Jail. During the book-in process, a jailer found Roach had on his person a cellophane wrapper which contained meth. Roach is facing charges of possession of meth, trafficking with an inmate, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance.

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Dubois County deputies are investigating a hit-and-run that occurred in the parking lot of Happy Hour, 6679 E. State Road 164, Celestine, Sunday, December 10, 2017. Deputies responded to the incident at about 6:45 p.m. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department at 812-482-3522.

Deputies made an arrest Saturday after a vehicle left the scene of a crash that occurred on U.S. 231 south of Huntingburg.
According to authorities, 22 year old Hector Velasquez, of Indianapolis, was northbound on U.S. 231 in a 2005 Nissan Altima in the southbound lane at about 10:22 p.m. He later told police he did not realize the four-lane highway reduced to two lanes as it entered the county and thought he was still driving on a one-way. 17 year old Jacob Masterson, of Santa Claus, was southbound in a 2011 Hyundai Sonata and noticed Velasquez oncoming car in his lane. Masterson swerved into the northbound lane to avoid colliding with Velasquez’s oncoming car but Velasquez’s car struck the rear passenger side causing Masterson’s car to go into a ditch. Velasquez then continued northbound on U.S. 231. Officers responding to the scene reported a vehicle with heavy damage was heading toward Huntingburg and a Huntingburg officer and deputy was able to stop Velasquez a short time later. During the stop, the officers noted a strong odor of burnt marijuana and allegedly Velasquez admitted to smoking marijuana and having a pipe in the car. Officers searched the vehicle and located a pipe and marijuana. During the stop, police also determined Velasquez only had a driver’s permit, not a license. Officers charged Velasquez with operating while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a crash, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and cited him for the permit violation. He was booked into the Dubois County Jail.No injuries were reported from the crash. Deputies estimated both vehicles had about $2,500 in damages.

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Wednesday, officers from the Orange County Sheriffs and French Lick Police Departments, investigated a suspicious vehicle and possible drug activity. When arriving on scene the front seat passenger David martin and passenger side rear occupant Adam James both of Louisville had handguns in their possession. Neither had a license to carry and a safety sweep was performed. During the sweep, two more handguns and drugs were found in the seat pouch. A full vehicle search then was performed and while searcging the vehicle, more drugs, scales, ammunition, and syringes were found. More than 40 grams of methamphetamine and 1.2 grams of heroin along with several prescription pills were found. David Martin, Adam James and other passengers Shatanna Silva all from Louisville and Justin Trueslove of Shoals were arrested on multiple charges including dealing methamphetamine, dealing in a schedule 2 controlled substance and unlawful possession of a syringe

A man arrested in 2016 for intimidating a small church south of Birdseye by fire guns and hanging a dog on a stone cross in view of the church congregation was found guilty of two counts of Level 5 felony intimidation and two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct in court today. Josh McBride, of Birdseye, was originally charged with the two counts of intimidation, a Level 6 felony count of criminal recklessness and four misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct. During the conviction, Superior Court Judge Mark McConnell stated that McBride would only face sentencing on a single charge of intimidation which carries a penalty of one to six years in jail. The state attempted to have McBride taken into custody today after the trial but Judge McConnell denied the request stating McBride had not demonstrated he was flight risk and would not hear testimony that he may be a danger to the public. Sentencing was set for January 4, 2018, at 3 p.m.

Thursday, Dec 7th, 2017

Two Lawrence County women were injured Wednesday in a crash on Mitchell Road. Accordibg to police reports, at 7:46 a.m., 24-year-old Brandy Behymer of Bedford was traveling south on Mitchell Road in her red 2001 Honda Civic. As she slowed and was preparing to turn into the parking lot at Animal Care Clinic, she was hit in the rear by a white 2015 Toyota Prius driven 61 year old Leslie Downey of Bedford. Downey said she was traveling south on Mitchell Road, came around a curve and didn’t see Behymer’s vehicle stopped in the road. Witnesses, who were traveling behind Downey, stated Downey never showed signs of slowing down before the impact. Downey complained of chest pain and was taken to a area hospital. Behymer complained of back pain. Behymer was treated at the scene of the crash. Both people were wearing seat belts.

Police say proper child restraints prevented three children from suffering serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash that shut down State Road 162 for about half an hour Wednesday morning. Officers responded to the crash near the intersection of County Road 700 South at about 6:43 a.m. According to authorities, 49 year old Steven Duncan, of English, was driving northbound on State Road 162 when he failed to notice a 2010 GMC Acadia stopped waiting to turn left onto County Road 700 South. Duncan was unable to stop the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier he was driving in time to avoid colliding with the SUV. After the collision, both vehicles came to rest in the northbound lane of State Road 162. Duncan was transported from the scene by an ambulance for a report of knee pain. The driver of the Acadia, 30 year old Allison Schneiders, of Troy, and her three children ages 4 years, 3 years and 5 months were all transported from the scene by an ambulance. Schneiders complained of neck and shoulder pain. The children were taken for precautionary reasons but they had no visible injuries, according to police. The highway was shut down for about 30 minutes while police cleared the scene. The Cavalier was considered a total loss while damages to the Acadia were estimated to be about $7,500. Members of the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Ferdinand Police Department, Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department, Dubois County Emergency Medical Services and a Sternberg’s wrecker all responded.

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

On Saturday,  at 2:34 PM, while traveling on I-265 westbound, State Trooper Paul Bailey observed a disabled mini-van on I-265 eastbound partially in the fast lane near the 3.5 Mile Marker in Floyd County.  Positioned directly behind the van was a plain white Ford Crown Victoria with flashing red and white emergency lights on the rear of the vehicle, and flashing white and amber emergency lights on the front.  The white Ford Crown Victoria was completely stationary in the fast lane of Interstate #265 causing a traffic problem.  Trooper Bailey made contact with the driver of the Ford Crown Victoria, John William-Michael Ulmer, 23 years old, from Georgetown-Greenville Road in Greenville. During the contact and subsequent investigation Trooper Bailey discovered an alleged police radio in Ulmer’s vehicle. John William-Michael Ulmer was taken into custody and transported to the Floyd County Jail where he is awaiting his first court appearance.   He was charged with: Illegal Possession of Police Radio, Class B Misdemeanor; Unlawful Display of Emergency Lights, Class C Misdemeanor; Reckless Driving-Blocking Flow of Traffic, Class C Misdemeanor and Light Restriction Violation, Infraction.

A traffic stop ended with two people in jail after officers determined the passenger was wanted on several warrants in Orange County and the driver had methamphetamine in his hotel room.  A Jasper police officer stopped a Dodge Spirit near the intersection of 25th Street and Cathy Lane for allegedly driving 34 mph in a 25 mph speed zone and false and fictitious plates at about 10:30 a.m. Monday.  During the stop, officers noted indicators from the driver, Darryl C. Russell, 47, of Jasper, that he was under the influence of methamphetamine. The passenger, 27-year-old Nicole Beavers, of Paoli, was wanted on three warrants out of Orange County.  While officers were taking her into custody, officers found about 1.3 grams of methamphetamine and she admitted to concealing a syringe in her pants, police said.  Officers also learned that the driver was staying in the Camelot Inn. Police said he admitted to having more methamphetamine in his room and gave consent to officers to search it. During the search, officers found another half a gram of methamphetamine, more syringes, marijuana and paraphernalia.Both subjects were taken to Jasper Police Department and then booked into the Dubois County Security Center

The special Santa Claus holiday postmark is now available at the Santa Claus Post Office. This famous small-town post office is the only one in the world with the Santa Claus name and receives over 400,000 pieces of mail in December.  The Santa Claus Post Office has offered the special postmark every holiday season since 1983. Each year, a local high school student designs the special picture postmark for use on Christmas cards and other mail from the Santa Claus Post Office during the holiday season.  The 2017 postmark is available only in Santa Claus, Indiana, on working days between now and December 23. Those interested in getting the special cancellation on their holiday mail can find the guidelines here.   For more information about the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration and holiday packages, call (888) 444-9252 or visit SantaClausInd.org/Christmas. 

Monday, Decemver 4th, 2017

On Saturday at approximately 2:34 PM, while traveling on I-265 westbound, Trooper Paul Bailey observed a disabled mini-van on I-265 eastbound partially in the fast lane near the 3.5 Mile Marker in Floyd County.  Positioned directly behind the van was a plain white Ford Crown Victoria with flashing red and white emergency lights on the rear of the vehicle, and flashing white and amber emergency lights on the front.  The white Ford Crown Victoria was completely stationary in the fast lane of Interstate 265 causing a traffic problem. Trooper Bailey made contact with the driver of the Ford Crown Victoria, , 23 year old John William-Michael Ulmer, from Greenville. During the contact and subsequent investigation Trooper Bailey discovered an alleged police radio in Ulmer’s vehicle. John William-Michael Ulmer was taken into custody and transported to the Floyd County Jail where he is awaiting his first court appearance.He was charged with: Illegal Possession of Police Radio, Class B Misdemeanor; Unlawful Display of Emergency Lights, Class C Misdemeanor; Reckless Driving-Blocking Flow of Traffic, Class C Misdemeanor and Light Restriction violation, Infraction.

A Lawrence County teen was injured in a on car crash Sunday. According to police reports, 18 year old Kayln Tincher of Bedford was traveling south on Rivervale Road driving a 2004 Pontiac Vibe when a deer came into her path. Tincher swerved left to avoid hitting the deer but went off the left side of the road and struck a tree. Tincher complained of pain to her abdomen and pelvis. Tincher was wearing a seat belt and the vehicle’s airbag deployed. Tincher was cited for operating a vehicle without ever having been licensed.

An off-road vehicle crash Sunday injured an 11-year-old boy in Morgan County. The boy was riding a Monster Moto mini bike and following his grandfather, who was on a lawn mower. The boy attempted to turn around in the roadway when he reportedly pulled in front of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle being operated by 62 year old Wayne Luther, of Indianapolis. The crash occurred on Whetstine Road, just north of Railroad Road, west of Morgantown.Injuries were reported to the 11-year-old’s wrist, torso and leg and was transported to IU Health Morgan County before being transferred to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, where he was listed in stable condition. The motorcyclist was not injured. Neither drugs nor alcohol was believed to be a contributing factor in the crash. Neither individual was wearing safety gear at the time it occurred.

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Hunters killed 52 deer during four days of hunting at Spring Mill State Park and its sister property, Cave River Valley
, during the Department of Natural Resources' annual controlled deer culls last month. The number falls as an average of the past five deer culls held at the two properties. The hunts were conducted Nov. 13, 14, 27 and 28 at designated parks throughout the state of Indiana. The first two days of the hunts took place before the official start of firearms season. At Spring Mill, 26 deer were killed the first two days of hunting while 20 were taken at Cave River Valley. Two weeks later, the numbers dropped significantly with four deer taken at CRV and only two taken at Spring Mill. Hunters are usually situated every 20 acres with 16 to 18 as the maximum at CRV and 65 the maximum at Spring Mill. The hunts are scheduled, as needed based on research by the Department of Natural Resources, as a way to control the deer population in state parks. Having an overpopulation of deer can be detrimental to the wildlife within the state-owned properties.

A Lawrence County man was arrested on multiple drug charges as the result of a traffic stop Thursday. According to police reports, At 9:34 p.m., a Mitchell Police Department officer pulled over a vehicle at State Road 37 and Stevens Lane for an expired license plate. Another officer also responded to the scene. When police asked if the driver, identified as 32 year old Shane Mathies, of Bedford, had anything in the vehicle, Mathies told them he had a handgun that he didn’t have a permit for. Police also discovered a second gun. In addition, police reported they found pills in a tube in a coat pocket. The pills were only identified as a Schedule II controlled substance. Mathies was preliminarily charged with possession of meth, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, carrying a handgun without a permit and trafficking with an inmate. He was booked into the Lawrence County jail at 10:15 p.m. While being processed on the jail, officers found meth on Mathies. Hhis bond set at $7,500 surety or $755 cash.

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

A Dubois County resident was arrested Thursday morning on preliminary charges of rape and child molestation after an investigation by Indiana State Police detectives.
The department in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Child Services opened the investigation on October 25, 2017, after receiving a complaint of inappropriate contact with a minor that occurred between 2011 and 2015. The complaint alleged that 20-year-old Anthony Neukam of Jasper had sexually forced himself upon a minor female routinely during that timeframe. After a lengthy investigation by ISP and DCS, an arrest warrant was issued for a Level 3 felony count of rape and four Level 3 felony counts of child molestation. Neukam was arrested this/Thursday morning by State Police and Dubois County Sheriff’s Deputies. Neukam is being held in the Dubois County Jail.

A homeowner’s report Wednesday night about someone who appeared to be extremely intoxicated showing up on his front porch resulted in a felony arrest. Jasper Police was called to the 300 block of West 14th Street at 8:55 p.m. after the homeowner reported the unknown male was stumbling around on his porch. The suspect had left on foot by the time officers arrived but police report finding a brown paper bag and a bottle of soda on the porch. The bag contained hypodermic needles, including one bloody, uncapped syringe, and other paraphernalia. Officers then made contact nearby with a male matching the suspect’s description and identified him as 26 year old Jordan Cochran, of Jasper. Cochran had been walking eastbound and had reportedly stepped out into the street as an officer approached. He was allegedly slurring his words and had an abusive attitude. Authorities booked Cochran into the Dubois County Jail at 9:30 p.m. and preliminarily charged him with nine Level 6 felony counts of illegal possession of hypodermic needles and a misdemeanor count of public intoxication.

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Health officials in Indiana are urging Hoosiers to get their flu shots before the peak flu season which starts in January.   103 people died from influenza between October 2016 and May of this year.   According to the Indiana State Health Department's Weekly Influenza Report, 64 Indiana residents experienced influenza-like illnesses during the second week of November.   Health officials say anyone over six months old should get a flu shot every year to increase their chances of preventing the flu. Flu shots take at least two weeks to become effective

A Jasper man was charged with child molesting and criminal confinement Tuesday.  The Jasper Police Department arrested Alejandro Hernandez, 52, of Reese Street, at 4 p.m. on a Level 1 felony charge of child molestation, a Level 4 felony charge of child molestation and a Level 5 felony count of criminal confinement. Police allege Hernandez was involved in sexual activity with a juvenile over an extended period of time. He was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 7:35 p.m.

The pretty lit Christmas tree in your home may usher the holidays,, but it also maybe ushering something else.  Pest control company Safer Brand says as many as 25,000 bugs can live in one tree. The company says most of the bugs aren't dangerous and will eventually die. But aphids, spiders, mites, praying mantises, bark beetles and sawflies are among the list of bugs that can survive in your home.  Safer Brand says it's important to examine your tree for bug nests before buying it and bringing it into your home. They also recommend leaving the tree in your garage for a few days and shaking it out to dislodge any bugs 

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Troopers from the Indiana State Police Jasper Post will be conducting a sobriety check point at an undisclosed location in Dubois County on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.  Those drivers passing through the checkpoint area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers, and will only be detained briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary.   The purpose of the sobriety checkpoint is to remove those motorists from the highways who are alcohol and/or drug impaired and poses a danger to all who use the roadways.  Impaired drivers are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage, personal injury, and death annually.   

A new program in Martin County is designed to improve access to local law enforcement services.  Martin County Sheriff Travis Roush has assigned deputies to each of the county's six townships and Crane Village in order to better address community needs. Benefits derived from this program will include: improved security, increased communication, and safety education. Most importantly, it will promote unity between the community and law enforcement.  "This will send a clear message to criminal elements that we stand together to ensure Martin County continues to be a great place to live and raise families," says Sheriff Travis Roush.The approach is designed to better address community needs of law enforcement services. "Our intention is to host brief meetings, twice a year, in respective townships, in a "town hall" informal setting. The length of the gatherings will be as long, or as short as needed," says Sheriff Roush.  The sheriff, key staff, the respective township deputy, and other law enforcement officers will attend each town hall meeting with hopes of engaging the public in conversation on how law enforcement services can better serve the community.

Hoosier Uplands through its Community Development and Improvement Program (CDIP) continues to strive to make improvements to local communities.  This years grants have been awarded to the Bedford North Lawrence Career Center, Washington County Economic Growth Partnership, the West Baden Colored Church Restoration Project, the Town of Orleans, Orange County Humane Society, Shawswick Township Trustee, YMCA of Washington County, the Town of Shoals, Spring Mill State Park and several sidewalk and other improvements for the Town of Mitchell.  "We are currently in the process of the demolition of two more blighted home in Mitchell on Main Street, which will further enhance the look of downtown," says David Miller, Hoosier Uplands Chief Executive Officer. "We already have applications for 2018 which will continue to improve our area in a wide range of ways. The CDIP funds are limited but we try to make the most impact we can with those funds."  The CDIP program was created by Hoosier Uplands in 2012 and is funded by non-federal or state tax dollars generated by Hoosier Uplands.

Monday, November 27th, 2017

One man was shot in the head during an incident early Sunday morning in Bedford.
According to police reports, a caller reported a male fired a handgun in a house in the 2400 block of M Street at 4:30 a.m. No subsequent threats had been made prior to the shooting, and the victim was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital. No one has been arrested in relation to the shooting and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Bedford Police Department at (812) 275-3311.

Bedford Police are investigating a shooting Friday at Kindred Spirits at 1702 L Street. Officers were called to the liquor store around 5 p.m. after a disturbance in the parking lot. Police were unable to provide many details about the incident. Only that a 71-year-old man suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his left bicep and was transport to a local hospital for treatment. The shooter was a 34-year-old man. Police have forwarded their findings to the Lawrence County Prosecutor's Office for review. The incident remains under investigation.

Officers with Jasper Police Department working overtime as part of Operation Pull Over arrested two men on drug charges over the weekend. Saturday afternoon, Sgt. Adam Bower and his K-9 partner, Aries, observed a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle in the area of 15th Street and Meridian Road allegedly traveling 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. The operator, 59 year old Stanley Vonderheide, of Jasper, was pulled over in the Kimball Electronics parking lot. During the stop, Bower reported he located methamphetamine in Vonderheide’s possession as well as $805. The money and individual baggies of a white crystal-like substance that tested positive as meth led officers to believe Vonderheide was dealing meth. Authorities booked Vonderheide into the Dubois County Jail on preliminary charges of Level 4 felony dealing methamphetamine and a Level 6 felony count of methamphetamine possession. Later Saturday night, an officer stopped a 2010 Ford Fusion for an inoperable headlight and for allegedly failing to signal a turn. The officer observed the car on U.S. 231 near Hoffman Road at 9:03 p.m. and stopped the vehicle in the Huck’s parking lot. The officer made contact with the driver, 39 year old Dustin Cooper, of Huntingburg, and a 17-year-old passenger. The officer also noted there was a very strong odor of burnt and raw marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Police searched the vehicle and allegedly found Cooper and the juvenile to be in possession of marijuana. Police said Cooper admitted to smoking marijuana while driving from Huntingburg to Jasper. A certified test at Memorial Hospital determined Cooper had THC, opiates, amphetamines and oxycodone in his system. Cooper was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 1:49 a.m. Sunday preliminary charges of Level 6 felony operating under the influence of a controlled substance with a person under the age of 18 in the vehicle as well as a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession. Police said the 17-year-old passenger was referred to juvenile court and was released to a guardian.

Friday, November 24th, 2017

A Lawrence County teen suffered injuries, after he crashed his car Tuesday.
According to police reports, at around 7:10AM, 18 year old Logan Furnace, was traveling on Old State Road 37 in a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze when the car left the roadway on the east side and struck several trees. Furnace suffered a fractured arm. Furnace was wearing a seat belt and was cited for operating a vehicle while never having been licensed.

Jasper police charged a Dubois County man after he was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run crash and drunken driving Thanksgiving day. Officers responded to the report of a white Ford Bronco that struck a mailbox on Skyview Drive in Jasper and left the scene at about 4:57 p.m. Officers located the Bronco at the Sternberg’s parking lot on U.S. 231 a short time later. They saw the Bronco leave the parking lot heading southbound on U.S. 231. When they attempted to stop the SUV, police say the driver didn’t stop and attempted to flee. A short pursuit ensued until the Bronco crashed into a parked car in the area of McCrillus and Seventh Street in Jasper. The driver, 56 year old Jonathan Eckstein, of Huntingburg, then left the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot however he was taken into custody in a yard in the area. Eckstein was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital for medical clearance and a blood draw which determined his blood alcohol content was .15 percent.He was charged with Level 6 felony counts of operating while intoxicated and resisting law enforcement as well as misdemeanor counts of leaving the scene of a crash, criminal recklessness and reckless driving. Police booked Eckstein into the Dubois County Jail.

A juvenile is in custody today after a vehicle pursuit ended with his crashing into equipment at a Jasper business Friday morning. The Jasper Police Department was called about a male juvenile taking a 2003 Toyota Matrix from the Baden Strasse area. Police located the vehicle north of Jasper on County Road 500N east of U.S. 231 but the driver attempted to elude them and a pursuit ensued. The vehicle headed south back into Jasper city limits and the pursuit continued until the driver lost control of the car at the 2800 block of Newton Street. The vehicle crashed into all-terrain vehicles at Motorsports by Batteries Now, police said. Authorities then took the juvenile into custody. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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 Nov15. 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. 






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