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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Martin County Sheriff’s office says a body found in White River near Loogootee is that of missing 41 year old Christine Wright of Shoals. The body was discovered just south of the Houghton Bridge. She had been missing since April 2d. The death was ruled a drowning and no foul play is suspected.

A Freetown man was killed in a one vehicle crash Tuesday evening on Hwy 50 just east of Huron in Lawrence County. 48 year old Stephen Springer was driving a 2011 Dodge Nitro east on Hwy 50 when the vehicle left the roadway, Springer then overcorrecting, traveling into the westbound lane, off the road, into a ditch, hitting a tree. The car landed on it’s top. Springer was pronounced dead at the scene. Police report he was wearing a seat belt.

The Orange County Clerks office has advised that Absentee Voting will be held Monday thru Friday from 8am to noon and from 1-4pm and the next two Saturdays from 8-12 noon.  

 

Tuesday, April 22d, 2014

A French Lick man was injured in a one vehicle crash around 11:28am Monday on Hwy 150/56 west of Paoli. 24 year old Ryan McDonald was driving a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup pulling a U-Haul trailer loaded with a 1977 Ford truck. The Dodge truck hit a construction barrel, a guard rail and a concrete barrier. The Dodge flipped over landing back on it’s wheels. The U-Haul trailer broke loose causing the Ford pickup it was carrying to come off. McDonald had to be extricated from the Dodge pickup then transfered to the IU Health Paoli Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Lawrence Superior Court II Judge William Sleva did not grant a motion for a gag order. Nor a change of venue when 18 year old Austin Curtis appeared in court Monday for a hearing to discuss the options. Curtis is charged with murder and robbery involving serious bodily injury.

The body of a missing kayaker was found in a Bartholomew County River Monday. 27 year old Enrique Quinonez of Kalamazoo, Michigan was spotted by a passerby in the Flat Rock River. He had been missing since April 6th. Investigators say swift currents and high water initially hampered recovery efforts 

Friday, April 18th, 2014

A house fire this morning in Santa Claus destroyed a residence and took the life of a resident. According to Indiana State Police, At approximately 6:34 A.M. Central Time, Spencer County Dispatch received a call of a residential structure fire at 911 South Snowball Lane in Christmas Lake Village of Santa Claus. Firefighters from Santa Claus and Carter Township Fire Departments arrived to find the house completely engulfed in flames. A resident, 66 year old Maureen Gregory, was able to exit the burning home; however, her husband, 65 year old Bryan Gregory, 65, was unable to. Investigators from the Indiana Fire Marshall’s Office believe the fire was started accidently in the living room. According to Maureen Gregory, she had dropped a cigarette in the living room and was unable to pick it back up before the fire had begun. Investigators stated that Mr. Gregory had attempted to exit the residence but had apparently passed out due to smoke inhalation prior to exiting. The Fire Marshall’s Office is ruling the fire as accidental. She was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY and is presently listed in stable condition, having suffered from smoke inhalation and first degree burns. The Indiana State Police, Santa Claus Police, Spencer County Coroner’s Office, Indiana State Fire Marshall’s Office, and Spencer County EMS assisted the Santa Claus and Carter Township Fire Departments on scene.

A driver in Lawrence County had to be extricated from her vehicle after a wreck at 16th and J streets Wednesday night. According to Lawrence County authorities, 16 year old Barbara Johnson of Bedford was traveling south on J Street in a 1998 GMC pickup truck near 16th Street. Johnson said she disregarded the red light at the intersection and struck the side of a 2014 Ford Escape driven by 51 year old Debra York of Bedford. York suffered back pain and was taken to Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital after she was extricated from the vehicle. Johnson was issued citations for operating a vehicle while never being licensed and failure to yield to the right of way, and she was cited into court for illegal possession of alcohol.

Authorities in Daviess County are investigating a accident that sent a Knox County woman to the hospital Wednesday night. According to Daviess County Officials, 33-year-old Amanda Davidson of Bicknell was driving south and officers say she fell asleep just after 8PM on the Odon/Cannelburg Road. They say Davidsons car crossed the left lane of the road, went through the yard, and hit a large tree. She was able to get out of the car, but was laying face-down and was confused and disoriented when help arrived and was taken by Southwest Ambulance to Daviess Community Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

A Lawrence County man has been arrested a 2 nd time after police found him in possession of meth.
According to police reports, 37-year-old Dustin Roberts of Mitchell was driving north on State Road 37 near Main Street in Mitchell at 10:25 a.m. Wednesday when police stopped him. Police say the vehicle had extremely tinted windows. A K-9 was on scene and alerted officers to the possibility of drugs in the vehicle and found was a plastic bag containing a white, powdery substance that field tested positive as meth. Roberts was arrested on charges of possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance and issued a citation for a window tint violation and booked into the Lawrence County Jail. Roberts had been out on Bond since January 10 th , when he was arrested on the same charges.

Four high school students in Columbus were hospitalized Wednesday after smoking spice.
The students are all from Columbus North High School. The synthetic drug was banned three years ago in Indiana.

With prom season almost here, the state, liquor stores and distributors want teens to know that it won‘t be easy to get their hands on alcohol.
Indiana is part of the national We Don‘t Serve Teens program that targets teenagers‘ access to alcohol. Attorney General Greg Zoeller says everyone needs to take leadership and responsibility in keeping alcohol away from minors. The state partners will all of Indiana‘s beer and liquor distributors as part of the campaign.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

A 73 Linton man died Saturday as a result of a motorcycle crash on Thursday morning in Clark County, Illinois. Jackie 'Jack' Miller died at 5:42 p.m. Saturday at Carle Foundation Hospital. Miller had been flown to the hospital after the accident. According to a Clark County sheriff's report, Miller and a second motorcycle rider, his wife, Wanda, crashed in the area of 420th Street, , west of Terre Haute on Thursday. Wanda Miller was also airlifted to Carle Foundation Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. She was released from the hospital and is recuperating at home. Possible medical issues effecting Miller may be blamed for the crash.

Indiana State Police  Washington County- On March 18th of this year, a detective from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg was contacted by the Washington County Department of Child Services in reference to a female juvenile from Clark County that reported she had been molested by an older male whom lived in Washington County. After an investigation was completed by the detective an arrest warrant was issued out of a Washington County Court for the arrest of Joseph Scott Amburgey, 30, of Highway #160 in Salem, IN. Joseph Scott Amburgey turned himself into the Washington County Jail yesterday for Child Molesting, A Felony, (Two Counts).

The Lone Doctor in Indiana’s congressional delegation contends the structure of the Affordable Care Act makes it incapable of meeting President Obama’s vow to “bend the cost curve”. Eighth District Republican Larry Buschon argues the administration misdiagnosed the problem in focusing on covering the uninsured. He says millions of people simply don’t want to buy insurance and says hospitals will treat serious health issues with or without insurance contends the structure of the Affordable Care Act makes it incapable of meeting President Obama’s vow to “bend the cost curve”. Eighth District Republican Larry Buschon argues the administration misdiagnosed the problem in focusing on covering the uninsured. He says millions of people simply don’t want to buy insurance and says hospitals will treat serious health issues with or without insurance.  

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Today is the deadline to file state and federal income taxes. The Indiana Department of Revenue has been urging Hoosiers to file electronically - saying it’s more secure and your money is returned faster. The error rate on paper returns is 20%, while the rate on electronic filing is one tenth of that.

PROSPECT, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is announcing that beginning on or after Monday, April 28, work will begin on the bridge deck rehabilitation project on U.S. Route 150 (U.S. Route 150) west of Prospect.  Contractor’s crews will be replacing the bridge deck on the structure 3.31 miles west of S.R. 56 over a branch of the Lost River. In order to maintain a safe work zone, one lane will be closed at a time. Stop lights will be installed on each end of the work zone to control traffic through the area. There will also be a 14-foot width restriction in place.  The contract was awarded to American Contracting of Jeffersonville, Indiana, in February of this year in the amount of $366,736.89. It is estimated the project will be complete in October of 2014, weather permitting.  This project is near an existing bridge rehabilitation project over Lost Creek   1.36 miles west of S.R. 56. Restrictions are in place at this location as contractor’s crews begin painting the structure. A traffic signal will be used to control traffic through this work site

This spring, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) offers residents a chance to get rid of pills, cough syrup, and other unwanted medications that have been piling up around their homes during the eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Held from 10 AM to 2 PM on April 26, 2014, the event is one of the few days of the year where residents can drop off expired or unused prescription medications without having to wonder whether they will be accepted—even controlled substances, such as ADHD drugs, are taken. This program WILL NOT ACCEPT NEW OR USED NEEDLES. The collection is intended for liquid and pill medications only. Past Take-Back Day events have been hugely successful, collecting more than 324 tons of prescription medications nationwide last October alone. Citizens wishing to participate in this program may drop off their prescription drugs for disposal at any Indiana State Police Post throughout the state (except the Toll Road). This includes the Jasper and Evansville Posts on Saturday, April 26, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dubois County will host two additional sites: The Saint Anthony Fire Station, 4068 E County Road 450 S, Saint Anthony and the Dubois Fire Station, 4579 N Second Street, Dubois. These two sites will be open from 10 a.m. until noon 

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road motorcycle accident that occurred in Jackson County Sunday afternoon. According to Conservation Officers, just after 1:30 p.m., they were called to Moto Supreme, a private race course located off of CR 975W in northern Jackson County. 48 year old Thomas Dronicki of Niles, IN, was operating his motorcycle as he was attempting to cross a creek and lost control. He was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered injuries, including two broken femur bones. Dronicki was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and treated for his injuries. Assisting agencies at the scene included the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Jackson County EMS, and the Salt Creek Fire Department.

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an ATV crash that sent 16 year old Taylor Clark, of Columbus to Columbus Regional Hospital Sunday afternoon. At around 1PM Clark was riding her friend's 2002 Kawaski Bayou 220 ATV on property that belonged to her friend's family. She was driving the ATV in a pasture when she struck a farm fence, causing her to receive cuts and lacerations on her upper body and arms. Clark was not wearing a helmet or other protective clothing and was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Friday, April 12th, 2014

The Bedford Fire Department was called to two fires Thursday. The first was at 5:30 p.m. at 2008 I Street in Bedford at a home owned by Jerry Melton. Firefighters responded to the scene and found wicker furniture burning in the front yard. Damage limited to a door and window frame. No one was at home the time of the fire. Firefighters say the fire started after someone smoking on the front porch and had put a cigarette butt in an ashtray and it blew out onto the furniture. A second fire was reported at 8:45 p.m. at 516 V Street in Bedford at a home owned by Steve Younger. The name of the renter was not available. Firefighters were called to the home after the renter smelled smoke. "When firefighters arrived they found a faulty light fixture/heater in the ceiling that had went bad and it threw the breaker. Firefighters checked the attic area to make sure the fire had not spread. No damage reported but to the fixture.

A Lawrence County woman was arrested after she was caught on video tape taking money from a resident's purse at Bliss House. According to a Bedford Police Department report, 42-year-old Cindy Ehringer of Norman, is facing a charge of theft. Police say the thefts of cash began in February. The family of the victim set up a video recorder in the room and then placed money in the victims purse. When they went to check to see if the money was still there, they discovered it was missing. The family, executive director and police reviewed the video which showed Ehringer get into the purse, take the money and put it in her pocket.

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Two people were arrested earlier this morning (Thursday, April 10) by the Indiana State Police and the Washington County Drug Task Force. The pair were operating a meth lab at 9875 South Bullington Road, which is near West Washington School Road in Western Washington County near Fredericksburg. According to a Washington County Sheriffs report, police found a Red P Lab along with other meth products at the home. Arrested was 42 year old Daniel Howard, and 39 year old Stephanie Trueblood. They were booked into the Washington County Jail. Howard, was charged with manufacturing meth, possession of precursors, possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia. Trueblood, of Salem, was charged with manufacturing meth, possession of precursors, possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia

Two were arrested after the Jasper Police Department were called to the Ramada Inn on Wernsing Road Wednesday at 9:52 am on the report of a break-in and burglary at the business. According to Jasper Police, during the overnight hours into Wednesday, the bar and officer were broken into and taken in the burglary were various containers of alcohol.Through an investigation, 31 year old Adam Gray and 33 year old Jeremy Evans, both of Otwell, were located and have been charged with a C Felony for Burglary and a D Felony for Theft. Both were booked into the Dubois County Jail.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

An area corn grower has been honored as one of 18 national winners in the 2013 National Corn Yield Contest sponsored annually by the National Corn Growers Association. Kevin Kalb of Dubois placed first in the nation in the AA Non-Irrigated Class with a yield of 374.621 bushes per acre. The winning hybrid was DeKalb. The competition consisted of 8,983 growers across the country. Average yield was 354.67 bushels per acre.

Search efforts to locate a Michigan man believed lost in a kayaking accident in Columbus were unsuccessful Tuesday. 27 year old Enrique Quinonez was swept away Sunday morning after his kayak capsized on the river. Searchers believe a pair of black shorts found downstream from the accident may belong to Quinonez.

A pair of twin girls died after they were found in a neighbor’s pool. The 2 year olds were reported missing Tuesday evening in Aurora. The girls were found an hour and a half later after being reported missing 

 

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Flood Warnings continue for several Rivers and Streams in the Q-100 listening area:

---East fork of White river at Williams. Flood state is 8 ft,, at 1pm Monday, was 12.2 ft.
---East Fork of White River near Bedford. Flood state is 20 ft. At 8am Monday was 26.3 ft
---East fork of White River near Riverdale. Flood state is 20 ft. At 9:30pm Monday was 30.4 ft.

The search for a missing kayaker is expected to resume today in Columbus. Enrique Quinonez disappeared in the Flatrock River Sunday Rescue crews from the Bartholomew Water Rescue Team and Indiana Department of Natural Resourses spent Monday searching for Quinonez, but called off the search late in the day.

A new Purdue University study finds living “on the edge” means you have a greater risk of getting hit by a tornado. Areas where the landscape shifts from urban to rural or forest to farmland experience more severe weather or tornado touchdowns. The study examines more than 60 years of Indiana tornado climatology data. It shows from 1959 to 2012, many tornadoes touched down in close proximity to cities and forest..

Monday, April 7th, 2014

A Bedford man, out on bond after being arrested on methamphetamine charges last month, was caught again with the drug Saturday, police said. 34 year old Mark Phillips Jr., of Bedford was booked into the Lawrence County Jail on charges that he was dealing in meth, possessed less than 3 grams of meth, possessed less than 30 grams of marijuana, visited a common nuisance and possessed drug paraphernalia. According to the Lawrence County Sheriffs Department, officers pulled over a vehicle southbound on State Road 37 in Mitchell at 5:45 p.m. with extremely dark window tint. When the license plate of the vehicle was checked, it did not come back to the vehicle to which the plate was affixed. Driving was 28 year old Melissa Phillips, of Bedford was driving. She now faces charges of maintaining a common nuisance. A police dog and its handler were called to check the vehicle for drugs, and the K-9 made several "alerts" on the vehicle. Officers then located a bag that contained a leafy substance, later identified as marijuana, a small amount of currency, a glass pipe used to ingest drugs and plastic baggies "prepackaged" with meth. Mark Phillips advised they were his drugs. Phillips had been arrested previously March 16 by Mitchell police officers after a traffic stop in Mitchell. According to court documents, his formal charges, which are still pending, are possession of meth and possession of paraphernalia.

A Lawrence County man was sent to a local hospital after flipping an ATV Saturday night. Officers report that at around 9 p.m .42 year old Dan Johns, of Bedford, was was operating the ATV in a field on private property off McIntyre Road when the vehicle struck a ditch and flipped. The vehicle rolled and landed on top of Johns. He suffered injuries to his shoulder, ribs and back and an ambulance took Johns to St. Vincent Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford. Officers say Johns was not wearing a helmet or safety equipment and strongly encourage riders to always a helmet and necessary safety equipment when operating an ATV. Assisting Saturday were members of the Guthrie Township Volunteer Fire Department and an Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital ambulance crew. Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the crash.

Paoli Senior Center will host a Chicken and Dumpling Supper and  Silent Auction, April 11 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 119 S.W. 2nd St. Paoli.  Menu is:  Chicken and Dumpling, Corn or Green Beans, Slaw, Bread, Dessert, and Drinks.  Free Will Donations appreciated.  Everyone welcome.
   

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Torrential rains over the past few days have flooded many roadways in the area.
It's true in a sense, in some parts of the area, you can't get there from here. Currently 3:32PM, US150/56 is closed to Paoli. Water is over the roadway between Kellams Curve and Prospect. US 150 to Shoals is closed. Sr 337 between Orleans and Livonia is closed. use caution, turn around don't drown, if you see water on a roadway.

Indiana Conservation Officers made a water rescue in the evening of April 2, 2014 in Brown County. At approximately 8:00 PM yesterday evening Melissa Shaffer 52, of New Haven, IN was travelling on Grandview Rd in Brown County. Her Ford Explorer became stalled in high water just south of Bellsville Pike. She was travelling with her 12 yo son and his 11 yo friend. The two young boys were able to climb onto the top of the vehicle through the sunroof, however Ms. Shaffer was not able to exit the vehicle. When first responders arrived on scene the water was at the vehicles headlights. Indiana Conservation Officer Joe Tenbarge was able to put on his dry suit and PFD, use a safety rope and wade out to the stranded vehicle. He carried the two boys to safety and then assisted Ms. Shaffer through the water to dry land. In the time it took to get the victims to safety, the water had risen to cover the hood of the Explorer. Additional units on scene were Brown County Sheriff’s Department and Nashville Volunteer Fire Department.

Indiana Conservation Officers assisted two women and a 3 year-old from a vehicle stranded in flood waters late Wednesday night in Lawrence County. 26 year old Sarah Brazzel, along with another adult passenger and Brazzel’s 3 year-old son were escorted to safety after their vehicle stalled on Tunnelton Road just south of Bedford.Shortly after 10:00 p.m., Indiana Conservation Officers responded to the Tunnelton Road Bridge and located Brazzel’s Mitsubishi Eclipse, which had stalled after Brazzel attempted to drive through the high water. Conservation Officers were able to reach Brazzel and escort her and her two passengers, including her 3 year-old son to safety. Though no injuries were reported, Brazzel’s vehicle was rendered inoperable due to the flood waters and had to be removed by a wrecker. Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage motorists to avoid driving through standing or flowing high water.



Thursday, April 3d, 2014

National Weather Service in Louisville has issued a Flood Watch for portions of Indiana and North Central Kentucky. Much of the Q-100 listening area is included. Heavy rains in the past day plus another two inches of rain expected today could elevate rivers and streams. Those living in flood prone areas should be prepared to take action should flooding occur.

VINCENNES, Ind. -- The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces rising waters have caused the closure of roads in the Vincennes District. The closures will remain in effect until waters recede. The following sections of roadway have either been closed or INDOT is advising motorists to use caution around these areas of high water: Martin & Lawrence County,  SR 450, from US 50 Shoals to SR 158 Bedford
When encountering a flooded roadway, INDOT urges drivers to turn around and not drive through standing water. According to the National Weather Service, most flooding deaths occur in automobiles. Six inches of standing water is enough to cause passenger cars to stall and a foot of water will float many vehicles. For the latest road conditions, please call 1-800-261-7623 or visit www.trafficwise.in.gov . You may also find road information on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/VincennesDistrict and Twitter account www.twitter.com/INDOTSouthwest .

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has released their statistics for the month of March. Last month, the Department served a total of 198 court papers, made 8 arrest, issued 44 traffic tickers, gave out 64 traffic warnings. They performed 267 public service duties, 305 courtesy checks, investigated 33 traffic accidents. 27 crimes and 7 incidents. The top crime in the county for the month of March was “Failure to Appear”.. with 16 of those charges filed.  

 

Wednesday, April 2d, 2014

A Flood Watch in effect this evening through Friday morning.. For: Lawrence, Martin and Monroe County . Heavy rainfall, 3 to 4 inches may cause extensive area flooding and lowland river flooding with impact on numerous river roads and agricultural lands. @

According to the Triple A, March gasoline prices averaged $3.695 per gallon in 2013, $3.829 per gallon in 2012, $3.533 per gallon in 2011 and $2.778 per gallon in 2010. The current national average is $3.561 which is eight cents less than what that average was one year ago today. The statewide average for Indiana is currently $3.698; four cents more than at this time last year. "Spring is generally the most frustrating time of the year as far as gas prices go," said Greg Seiter, public affairs manager for AAA Hoosier Motor Club. "In previous years, gas price increases have been frequent from February through April, mostly due to refineries temporarily cutting back on production in order to conduct seasonal maintenance before transitioning to summer blend fuels, which are used to combat air pollution. "The overall demand for gas also increases during the spring as days get longer and people drive more."

Being underweight may be just as bad, if not worse then overweight. According to research in Canada, people who were underweight, independent of factors such as drugs, alcohol and diseases like cancer, were at a higher risk of premature death than those who were considered obese. Anything under 18.5 BMI (Body Mass Index) is considered underweight... 

 

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Hundreds of uninsured Hoosiers were scrambling Monday to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act before the midnight deadline. If you begin your application by March 31st, but need more time, you can apply for an extension at www.Healthcre.gov. There were reported problems with the website yesterday.

A new report says Indiana leads the nation in the seizure of meth and meth making equipment but there may be a catch. The report comes from meth statistics provided by states to the National Clandestine Laboratory Seizure System. It shows there were 1,808 meth labs busted statewide in 2013, in increase of 82 from the year before. Tennessee is second and Missouri, which has long been the biggest meth producing state in the country is third.

Spring has come and so has the severe weather season..  The National Weather Service of Louisville, KY will have a Weather Spotter Class at the Orange County Community Center on April 8th.  The class beings at 6:30pm/  This is open to anyone and there is no fee to atend..  Pre-registration is not required..  Any questions, call 723-7111 or the web site at ocema@co.orange.inus

Monday, March 31st, 2014

A fire earlier today destroyed a home on Kentucky Hollow Road in Lawrence County this afternoon. According to reports, c louds of black smoke coming from the fire could be seen from State Road 37 north of Bedford. Volunteers from the Indian Creek Township, Marshall Township and Oolitic fire departments responded to the call to help battle the blaze. No other details are available at news time.

The National Weather Service out of Louisville will have a Weather Spotter Class at the OC Community Center on April 8th.
The class will start at 6:30PM. This class is open to anyone and there is no fee to attend. Pre registration i s not required. Questions ?, direct them to OC Emergency Management Agency at ocema@co.orange.inus or call us at 723-7111

New statistics show Indiana's population grew in 2013 after falling for six straight years — but they also show a tale of two types of counties. Indiana's population grew at a rate of 0.51 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released last week that were analyzed by the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. The state added 33,120 people to grow to a population of 6.57 million. A total of 46 Indiana counties grew, while 43 lost residents. Another three recorded populations that were virtually unchanged. The trend is illustrated by the state's fastest-growing and fastest-shrinking counties. A rural county, Fountain County, had the steepest population drop-off in the state, 1.3 percent. It lost 216 people to fall to a population of 16,880. Hamilton County north of Indianapolis, on the other hand, was home to Indiana's highest growth rate. Hamilton County grew by a whopping 2.52 percent, adding 7,294 people to hit a population of 296,693. The counties that lost population in the Bloomington area were Brown, Lawrence, Greene, Owen and Martin counties. Martin County had the sharpest decline, 1 percent, losing 101 people to fall to a population of 10,160. Five counties in the Bloomington area added residents. The five growing were Monroe, Marion, Bartholomew, Morgan and Orange counties. Orange County posted a 0.3 percent growth rate by adding 61 people to grow to 19,773.

Friday, March 28th, 2014

One driver was injured in a two-vehicle accident Thursday. According to a Lawrence County Police Report, at around 2:23PM, 58 year old Eddie Wray, of Bedford, was driving a 2003 GMC Sierra pickup truck on Art Gallery Road. He was crossing State Road 37 and didn’t see 47 year old Kenneth Carter’s 1995 Ford F-150 pickup truck traveling north on State Road 37. Wray pulled into the path of Carters Ford. Carter, of Greenwood, complained of chest pain and was transported to Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital by a Seals ambulance.

A Jackson County resident was seriously injured in a one vehicle crash Tuesday night after police say he fell asleep at the wheel. The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says 67-year-old Daniel Otte of Brownstown was traveling west on U.S. 50 when he dozed off. Investigators say Otte's pickup truck struck a culvert, then rolled in to a ditch on the south side of the road. Otte was extracted from his vehicle by the Brownstown Volunteer Fire Departmentand transported to Schneck Medical Center where his injuries were listed as life threatening.

Orange County and Orleans Town officials are supporting an effort to bring a solar energy plant to Orange County. The Aurora Group a solar energy devoloper out of Louisville has identified a site near Orleans and is applying to Duke Energy for permission to build. The proposed solar plant would require a 20 year lease on up to 20 acres of land. The power generated would flow through the Duke Energy power grid at the Orleans Substation. A 5 mega-watt system would cost about 9 million dollars and would employ at least 2 long term positions and provide more than 50 construction jobs for up to a year. Duke Energy is expected to narrow down it's list of possible locations by July 18th, with afinal selection on October 17th.

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

OC Sheriffs Department in a joint investigation with the Paoli Police Department and Indiana State Police executed two search warrants at two separate residences in West Baden.
At approximately 6PM Wednesday the warrants were executed at 9998 West US 150 in West Baden at the home of David Turner and Alyssa Burkhardt. The second search warrant was executed at 2341 N CR 810 West at the home of Roger "Pokey" Purkhiser and Erica Elkins. The execution of the warrants led to seven arrests. Evidence seized included marijuana, Meth, 18 firearms and stolen property. All located at the residences. Chief Deputy Josh Babcock stated that once again it shows the connection with the narcotic trade and the thefts we have in the County. Arrested was 42 year old David Turner, 19 year old Alyssa Burkhardt, 20 year old Josh key of paoli, 39 year old Lonnie Nelson, 29 year old Dustin Parker of Paoli, 34 year old Roger "Pokey" Purkhiser and 26 year old Jessica Elkins of Paoli.

A Lawrence County man was arrested Wednesday for manufacturing meth, for a third time, after police served a search warrant at his home. 42 year old Michael Morrow, of Bedford was booked into the Lawrence County Security Center at 9:20 p.m. for manufacturing methamphetamine, Class B felony; possession of meth, Class D felony; and maintaining a common nuisance, Class D felony. The Indiana State Police Meth Task Force and officer Bill Allen of the Oolitic Police Department served a search warrant at his home, according to Trooper Josh Allen of the Meth Task Force. During their search, police found two one-pot reactions used to manufacture methamphetamine, syringes, precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine and a white powder that field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Prior to Wednesdays arrest, Morrow was out on bond from two separate cases, he was also charged with manufacturing methamphetamin and he was also out on bond from the original charge of theft from a case earlier this month. His bond was set at $50,000 surety or $5,005 cash. Anyone with tips or information in reference to the manufacture of methamphetamine can contact the Indiana Meth Task Force at (812) 332-4411. 

Orange County and Orleans Town officials are supporting an effort to bring a solar energy plant to Orange County. The Aurora Group a solar energy devoloper out of Louisville has identified a site near Orleans and is applying to Duke Energy for permission to build. The proposed solar plant would require a 20 year lease on up to 20 acres of land. The power generated would flow through the Duke Energy power grid at the Orleans Substation. A 5 mega-watt system would cost about 9 million dollars and would employ at least 2 long term positions and provide more than 50 construction jobs for up to a year. Duke Energy is expected to narrow down it's list of possible locations by July 18th, with afinal selection on October 17th.

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 

Hamilton, Hendricks and Boone Counties lead the state in health quality according to an annual report. Things like smoking rates, obesity rates, high school graduation rates and access to fast food restaurants are considered. Dubois county is in the top 10 healthiest counties. Those lowest in health rankings include Lawrence, Crawford, Scott and Orange Counties.

A Princeton miner is dead after an underground accident.
Officials at Gibson County Coal say 41 year old Timothy Memmer and another employee were doing maintenance work on underground mining equipment Tuesday when the equipment unexpectedly moved. The other miner was not injured.

“Understanding the Farm Bill” will be the topic of a meeting
at Lawrence Co. Expo Hall, Hwy 50 West of Bedford. Information will be provided to those in agriculture concerning updates on the new farm bill, focusing on the commodity, livestock and crop insurance programs. The program will be held on March 28th from 9-11am. Call Kyle at 317-692-7845

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The single engine World War II era de Haviland DHC-2 airplane reported
missing after leaving the French Lick Airport Sunday evening was found in East Tennessee Monday.  The pilot's body found in the wreckage, has been identified as Jim Maroney who was enroute to New Smyrna Beach, Florida.  He had been flying for 38 years.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing...

The long hard winter may be partially to blame for the spread of a flu-like illness estimated to have killed a million piglets in the UD.
  Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus will not harm humans,, only the young swine with a weak immune system unable to fight it off.  Infected sows can pass the virus to their young through milk.  Trucks hauling pigs are routinely disinfected before each new load, however, one theory is that the subfreezing temperatures prevented the disinfectant from working..

The snowfall this morning almost created a white-out for a brief period and brought back a recent memory of winter.... However,, the snow covering will remain only briefly..Forecasters are predicting a 75 degree day in the near future.. 

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Officials confirmed they found the wreckage of a missing plane in Monroe County Tennessee this morning.
Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens said the pilot died in the crash. The FAA said the pilot was the only person on-board the Dehavilland DHC-1 aircraft, which went missing Sunday evening. A Knox County Tennessee helicopter found the plane in the Goat Creek area near Calderwood Dam on Monday. Bivens said moving the wreckage out of the area will be difficult because of the mountainous terrain. Officials said most of the plane remained intact on the side of the mountain. Authorities haven't determined what caused the plane to crash yesterday. Knox County deputies repelled from a helicopter to the crash site this morning. The Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol has also sent pilots to help with the investigation. The National Safety Transportation Board and FAA are also heading to Monroe County to investigate the crash. The pilot was flying on visual flight rules and wasn't receiving air traffic control service, according to the FAA. The plane left French Lick, Indiana but never reached its intended destination of Canon, Ga. Officials haven't released the pilot's identity.

A Lawrence County man was arrested early Friday morning on charges that he battered and strangled a woman during a fight. 27 year old Douglas Sullivan of Mitchell was booked in to the Lawrence County Jail at 2:05 a.m. on charges of domestic battery and strangulation and bonded out Saturday on a cash bond. According to Mitchell Police Chief Mike Hardman, officers were called to Persimmon Park Apartments in Mitchell just after midnight on Friday after a woman alerted a friend, by text message, of a fight and subsequent abuse. When Officers arrived, they noticed the female had scrapes, marks and bruises on her body where Sullivan allegedly injured her, and he was taken into custody. The woman did not require medical treatment for her injuries. There were two children in the apartment at the time of the fight and they remained with the victim after Sullivan was taken to jail.

Bloomington Police found 39 bags of meth and two children in a home on South Oakdale Drive. Two adults and a 16-year-old girl were arrested on preliminary charges of possession of narcotics with the intent to deal. Bloomington Police Department informants conducted controlled drug buys from 31-year-old Mikhial Williams, and 40-year-old Greshonda E. Jackson, in February and March. Police arrested Williams after a traffic stop in the 1700 block of West Bloomfield Road. After his arrest, officers served a search warrant at his home in the 2000 block of South Oakdale Drive. At the home police found Jackson and her children, a 16-year-old girl, a 20-year-old man, a 6-year-old child and a 3-week-old baby. Police then arrested Jackson and while on her way to jail, she told police she had 20 bags of crack cocaine hidden in her shirt. Williams and Jackson are facing felony charges of dealing a narcotic and possession of a narcotic with intent to deal. Jackson's 16-year-old daughter was also arrested for dealing narcotics and taken to a juveniles detention center in Knox County. Child Protective Services were contacted and the children were released to Jackson's son.

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Firefighters were called to the Bedford Bob Evans Restaurant earlier today, after a call of smoke filling the building. According to a Bedford Fire Department report, they were called to Bob Evans Farm Restaurant earlier today at 10:05 a.m. after the building filled with smoke. Restaurant Manager Melissa Ling evacuated everyone out of the restaurant before firefighters arrived. When firefighters arrived, they found a belt had come off the blower on the HVAC unit on the roof and had allowed smoke to migrate into the building. Firefighters disconnected the power to the unit and the building was ventilated and re-opened a short while later.

After a two month investigation, Oolitic Deputy Marshal Bill Allen arrested an Lawrence County man on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor and child pornography. According to Allen, officers executed a search warrant at an apartment in Oolitic. The officers recovered enough evidence to arrest Gregory Cramer. Cramer is charged with three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, Class B felonies, two counts of child exploitation, Class C felonies and two counts of child pornography, Class D felonies. The Oolitic Police Department was assisted by the Lawrence County Department of Child Services and the Indiana State Police.

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

A single vehicle rollover on Hwy 56 in Dubois County claimed the live of 50 year old Donald R. Humphrey of Jasper Tuesday evening. Hunphrey was westbound on 56, near Haysville, when he lost control of his tractor trailer in Sendelweck Curve. The semi rolled onto the drivers side and slid 70 feet.. A State Trooper drove upon the crash, climbed into the cab thru the back glass and attempted to revive Humphrey. However he was pronounced dead at the scene.. The truck, owned by Tri-State Live haul, was loaded with 924 turkeys. Numerous birds lost their lives in the crash.

Spring officially arrives today at 12:57pm . It will be a noisy beginning. Tornado Sirens will sound across Indiana today. This is Severe Weather Preparedness Week test time... Sirens will be blaring just after 10am and 7pm in an effort to catch people both at work and home.

A survey shows many Hoosiers are overly optimistic about when emergency aid could arrive following a disaster. 51 percent of respondents believe emergency personnel would be able to arrive at their home within six hours... However, help from emergency response personnel may take up to three days. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security advises Hoosiers to be prepared to sustain themselves for three days.

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

A man was struck and killed by a car last evening around 9:50pm in Floyd County. It happened in the east bound lanes of I-64. 20 year old Andrew Fischer of New Albany was driving a black Ford Taurus when the vehicle left the roadway. While walking from the car, Fisher was hit by a red 2013 Ford passenger car. His body was found in the roadway. No charges are expected.

Orleans Town officials and emergency personnel are reminding residents that the town is participating in “Indiana Severe Weather Preparedness Week” this week. A special state wide test will be held . Testing of Orlean’s severe weather sirens will be held Thursday, March 20. The first drill between 10 and 10:30am and the second drill in the evening from 7:30 and 7:45pm. Severe Weather information is relayed from the National Weather Service directly to the Orange County Sheriff’s office, which then activates the town’s tornado warning system.

A Boil water advisory for English Water Company and Grantsburg Water Company due to a leak on Patoka Regional Water line until further notice..
INDOT is advising travelers in Crawford, Dubois and Perry Counties that crews will be patching potholes on Interstate 64 from Hwy 162 to Hwy 66. The work begins Thursday, March March 20th thru Friday March 21st, weather permitting. Work hours for pothole repair will be from 7am to 4pm.  







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