Friday, December 6th, 2013
The Dept of Homeland Security has issued Travel Advisories for Orange, Martin, Dubois and Washington Counties. The advisory is the lowest level of local travel advisory, means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas. Crawford and perry Counties are under a Travel Warning. The highest level of local travel advisory, means that travel may be restricted to emergency management workers only. During a "warning" local travel advisory, individuals are directed to:
• (A) refrain from all travel;
• (B) comply with necessary emergency measures;
• (C) cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans; and
• (D) obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.
A late night family argument resulted in a six hour standoff with police and a Paoli man being jailed on multiple felony charges.Preliminary investigation shows that at approximately 11:20 P.M., the Orange County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a possible domestic disturbance with shots fired at 2657 West County Road 525 South, Paoli. Trooper Michael Allen arrived on scene with Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies and Paoli Police Officers at approximately 11:30 and found that 54 year old David Coleman, of Paoli, had fired multiple gunshots at family members, driving them out of the house. Coleman barricaded himself in the house, refusing to cooperate with officers on scene. During the standoff, Indiana State Police Emergency Response and Hostage Crisis Negotiation Team members responded and began trying to communicate with Coleman. At approximately 3:35 A.M., search and arrest warrants were issued for Coleman. At 5:10 A.M., negotiators and ERT members convinced Coleman to step outside the residence, at which point he was taken into custody. Coleman is facing preliminary charges of Class A attempted murder and Class C criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. He is being held at the Orange County Jail. Assisting Agencies: Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Paoli Police Department, French Lick Police Department
Monday, December 2nd, 2013
A fire Saturday afternoon caused damage to the attic and one room of a home in Mitchell. According to a Mitchell Volunteer Fire Department report, six firefighters along with two trucks responded to the blaze at 3:05 p.m. located at a home owned by Jennifer Crusoe and being rented by Mark Cox in 600 block of 9th Street. The fire was electrical in nature and started in the attic area and there was minimal fire damage. Damage was contained to the attic area and one room.
A Lawrence County man was arrested after police received a complaint of a man out of control at a home on Davey Cox Road Friday night. According to the Lawrence County Sheriffs department, officers were called to the home around 6 p.m. after a caller told dispatch he had left the home because a man was out of control. When they arrived officers heard a gun fire and that is when 32-year-old Jean Tylor, of 122 Bone Rd., came out of the home with a shot gun. They asked the man several times to put the gun down, but he refused. He then went back into the home and came back out without the weapon. Tylor was placed in handcuffs and officers entered the home to make sure no one inside was injured. Tylor was then placed under arrest for intimidation with a deadly weapon, and possession of meth while in possession of a firearm.
Friday, November 29th, 2013
Two people were injured in a Thursday accident that involved three vehicles, including an Indiana State Police car. An ISP accident report states the police vehicle, a 2011 Dodge Charger, driven by 40 year old Trooper Brian Beauchamp was traveling south on State Road 37, just south of Washboard Road and traveling behind a 1992 Chevrolet S10, driven by 17 year old Wesley David Wayne McDonald, of Bloomington. McDonald attempted to move from the highway’s passing lane to the driving lane. The third vehicle, driven by 52 year old Janet G. Davis, of Clayton, was traveling next to the McDonald vehicle. When McDonald moved over, the front of Davis’ 2004 Dodge Ram struck the right rear of his vehicle, causing the vehicle to rotate and strike the right side of the police cruiser. The impact, in turn, caused the police vehicle to continue into the median. McDonald said his vehicle flipped twice, but he was not injured. Trooper Beauchamp, of Bloomington, complained of pain in his neck following the crash and was taken to Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital. 35 year old Ryan Griffith, of Mitchell, was a passenger in the vehicle and suffered a scratch to his face and pain in his arm. He also was taken to IU Health Bedford Hospital. The report states the police vehicle’s emergency lights and siren were activated when the crash occurred.
A judge has ruled that a man is competent to stand trial on charges he fatally shot his estranged girlfriend outside an Indiana restaurant. The ruling follows evaluations by a psychiatrist and a psychologist of 31-year-old Jason Perry. His defense attorneys sought a review of his mental health at the time of the May 22 shooting in Princeton that killed 34-year-old Jessica Tice. The Princeton Daily Clarion reports that special Judge James Redwine also ruled that the trial would be moved from Gibson County to neighboring Posey County after defense attorneys requested a change of venue.Authorities say Perry shot Tice twice at close range as she and their 13-year-old son were walking to a car outside the Mexican restaurant where they had celebrated his eighth-grade graduation.
A free community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held tonight. The event will be held in the Springs Valley High School Cafeteria from 6-7:30pm. Everyone is welcome. Sponsored by the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.
Monday, November 25th, 2013
Lawrence County Police secured a arrest warrant and arrested a Bedford man after they found a meth lab in the trunk of a car. According to police, 33-year-old Jesse Webb, of 518 Art Gallery Road, was arrested Monday on a warrant for dealing meth, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of a precursor and possession of a legend drug. Lawrence County Police were called to a home on Art Gallery Road after Webb's father told police he had let his son use his vehicle and found a meth lab in the trunk. In the trunk police found the lab, a mason jar with a white substance which tested positive for meth, and two lithium batteries. Police also found packaging for and packaging containing ephedrin pills, Coleman camp fuel and coffee filters all items used to make meth. They also found a mason jar containing "pill dough" the by-product of making meth and other drug paraphernalia. Officers discovered Wal-Mart receipts for ephedrine and Coleman camp fuel, and they watched Wal-Mart security footage of Webb purchasing the items.
Three people were arrested early Sunday, after two masked men armed with a weapon, robbed the Steak & Shake on James Ave. In Bedford and made off with more than $3200. The robbers displayed what was believed to be a gun to the manager around 3:22am. While the manager was taken to a back room, a witness called police. The pair left in a red Dodge Neon. The vehicle and one of the suspects was found by police on Popcorn Road. Two of the people involved had worked at Steak and Shake. Lawrence Co. Police transported a17 yer old female and 18 year old Damon Meeks of Bedford to the Bedford Police Department for questioning. 18 year old Tyler Stailey, was found at a location on Ted Jones Drive and taken in as well. Police recovered the stolen money and all three were arrested. Police believe the weapon was a ratchet that resembled a gun.
Today is the second day of the annual controlled hunt at Spring Mill State Park as well as other state parks. The parks were closed Monday and will be closed again today . A second hunt will take place on December 2d and 3d. The parks were closed Monday and will be closed again today . A second hunt will take place on December 2d and 3d. Bob Turner (44) of Lapel, Indiana sustained injuries after falling approximately 18 feet from a tree stand. Mr. Turner was taken to St. Vincent Hospital where he was treated for a fractured vertebra, broken wrist, and a head injury. Mr. Turner was stepping onto a hang on stand when the strap affixing the stand to the tree snapped. Mr. Turner was wearing a safety harness at the time, but he had not yet attached the harness to the tree. Ronald Blasko, hunting in the Hebron Area, was wanting to change locations of his tree stand from one area to another Blasko started to remove the top strap of the stand, attached to the tree, and fell over 14 feet to the ground. . He was not wearing his safety harness at the time of the accident. Blasko is suffering a leg and shoulder injury due to the fall. Indiana Conservation Officers want to remind deer hunters, that wearing your safety harness is crucial, when hunting from elevated tree stands.
Indiana Conservation Officers Investigating a Hamilton County Tree Stand Accident Bob Turner (44) of Lapel, Indiana sustained injuries after falling approximately 18 feet from a tree stand. Mr. Turner was taken to St. Vincent Hospital where he was treated for a fractured vertebra, broken wrist, and a head injury. Mr. Turner was stepping onto a hang on stand when the strap affixing the stand to the tree snapped. Mr. Turner was wearing a safety harness at the time, but he had not yet attached the harness to the tree. And another tree stand accident in Porter County: Ronald Blasko, hunting in the Hebron Area, was wanting to change locations of his tree stand from one area to another Blasko started to remove the top strap of the stand, attached to the tree, and fell over 14 feet to the ground. . He was not wearing his safety harness at the time of the accident. Blasko is suffering a leg and shoulder injury due to the fall. Indiana Conservation Officers want to remind deer hunters, that wearing your safety harness is crucial, when hunting from elevated tree stands.
Monday, November 18th, 2013
The west side of Washington took the brunt of what was believed to bea Tornado strike Sunday afternoon that hit Knox and Daviess Counties. Several businesses and homes were severely damaged. The damage in Daviess County began when the line of strong storms damaged houses and destroyed Eyiennes Farm Market on US 50 in the Maysville area. Here's a video of the Tornado that hit Washington, filmed by WAMW Radio employees. The station took a direct hit and was in the US 50 corridor that was hit. http://youtu.be/Bu74LnznLfs (Caution coarse language in the audio !)
NWS has given a preliminary rating on the Washington, IN Tornado as an EF-2, 100 yards wide and 19.4 miles on the ground. It began west of 6th Street and CR 1600S in southwest Knox County and moved northeast, lifting near Long Pond northeast of Long Road and Governors Road in Daviess County. More updates to come as they make the rating final and include maps. EF-2 Wind Speeds 111–135
The OC Sheriffs Department reports that here in Orange County there were several reports of trees downed and a few scattered power outages. No injuries were reported. No reports of raod closusres because of downed trees this morning.
Three area VFD's responded to a house fire that was reported around 7:37PM Saturday night at 7472 N CR 500 E, on the south end of Leipsic. According to firefighters, the OC Rural District 2, Livonia and Marion Township VFD's responded. The house was a total loss due to the high wainds and oxygen bottles located in the home. Firefighters believe the fire was started by a grease fire on the stove. Two firefighters from the OC Rural District 2 department received minor injuries. Firefighters were out until 1:30AM.
Friday, Novemer 15th, 2013
Two people were arrested this week on drug charges in Jackson County. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Carothers says that at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Deputy Mark Holt was on routine patrol in the area of County Road 1300 East and County Road 50 North when he came upon a car stopped on the road. As the deputy was speaking with the driver, 19-year-old Sara Skaggs, of Freetown, he noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. Holt then noticed a person was hiding in the back seat under clothing. That person was 37-year-old Harold Douglas, of Seymour. Douglas was wanted on warrants out of Jackson County for resisting law enforcement and possession of paraphernalia. After placing Skaggs and Douglas in handcuffs for safety reasons, the deputy searched the car and found 10 grams of methamphetamine, digital scales and other items commonly used in the dealing of the drug. Skaggs and Douglas were both arrested and booked in the Jackson County Jail.They both face preliminary charges of dealing in meth, possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Skaggs is also facing a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Douglas is facing an additional charge of false informing.
An autopsy Wednesday did not determine the cause and manner of death for a 63-year-old woman who was found dead in a front yard on Hillside Drive in Bloomington Tuesday afternoon. Bloomington police and the Monroe County coroner do not suspect foul play was involved in the woman's death. Results from toxicology tests are pending. Bloomington Police Sgt. Joe Crider has not release the name of the woman who was found after a passer-by noticed the woman in the yard and called police around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Thursday, November 14th, 2013
The Orange County Rural District One and the French Lick VFD responded to an unattended Field Fire Wednesday along County Road 950 West, south of the French Lick Airport. Firefighters arrived at the scene around 5:47PM Wednesday and the fire was out by 6:13PM. No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported.
Two Perry County residents were arrested this afternoon near Cannelton after Troopers located a methamphetamine lab in their home. At approximately 1:00 Wednesday afternoon, Senior Trooper Trey Lytton and Trooper Robert Lambert arrived at 8264 East State Road 166, Cannelton, IN, with the Perry County Sheriff’s Department and the Perry County Probation Office, to conduct a probation search of the residence. Upon arrival, officers met 29 year old Michael Harrison, of Cannelton, and his wife, 31 year old Bonnie Harrison, of Cannelton. Through the course of their investigation, officers located methamphetamine, marijuana, paraphernalia, and multiple items commonly associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Michael and Bonnie Harrison were arrested, without incident, and transported to the Perry County Jail. After a preliminary search of the residence, a search warrant was secured through Perry County to continue searching the property. Further investigation by officers led them to discover an active clandestine lab in a trailer, as well as additional amounts of meth and other paraphernalia. Bonnie Harrison was additionally wanted on a probation warrant through Perry County. Officers were on scene for nearly six hours while the scene was processed and the clandestine lab was disassembled. Troopers were assisted by the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section, the Perry County Sheriff’s Department, and Perry County Probation.
A two year old boy died in a crash of a Semi and a van Tuesday morning in Washington. A Semi failed to stop at a red light at the US 50and SR 257 junction, striking a 2008 Toyota driven by 32 year old Miriam Briggerman of Washington. Her son, 5 year old Eli received injuries. The younger son 2 year old Noah was taken by Air Evac to IU Health Bloomington Hospital and pronounced dead. The Semi driver, 42 year old Patrick Kingery of Aurora was not injured.
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
A Corydon woman was killed Tuesday morning in a crash in Harrison County. 53 year old Denise Meitzier ran a stop sign into the path of a pickup driven by 21 year old Paul Roberts of New Salisbury. Meitaier’s s 6 year old grandson was taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville. Roberts had non-life threatening injuries.
Holiday Shoppers can expect to pay a bit less for their Thanksgiving turkey this year. Average inflation on food nation wide is 2.5% year,, but this past year just showed a 1% increase. The average American spends 10% of their income on food, unless you work for minimum wage or unemployment,, then it increases to 25%. Heating costs for the home are up this year about 5%, while gas prices at the pump are 8% below last years.
Hoosier homes are not ready for an emergency. A recent survey by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security has found more than half of Indiana homes are not at “A proper level of preparedness” in the event of a tornado, blizzard, earthquake or manmade disaster. This comes from a “false sense of security”.
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
The Indiana Department of Transportaton is now focusing on Winter Weather and is urging motorist to do the same. Indot drivers are well trained and salt supplies are stocked for winter operations. Drivers are urged to reduce speed for winter conditions and increase the distance from the vehicle in front of you. Up to eight inches of snow was expected last night for areas around South Bend, Indiana.
As the Federal Government scrambles to get the Affordable Care Act enrollment website up and running, it’s still in negotiations with Indiana on the law’s Medicaid expansion. Indiana has said it will expand Medicaid only if the government will let it run the program through the six year old Healthy Indiana Plan.
If you have some extra time and would like to help in a worthy cause this holiday season,, the Salvation Army is in need of Bell Ringers in front of Walmart. The funds donated stay in Orange County to help the people in our community.. Call 723-9115.
Monday, November 11th, 2013
Two people were booked into the Lawrence County Jail Friday on unrelated drug charges. According to police, the first arrest was 21 year old Allison Dalton, 21, of Bedford, who was arrested on a Lawrence County Police Department warrant. The warrant charges her with possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia. She was then booked into the Lawrence County jail at 3 p.m. Friday and was released Friday on a $755 cash bond. Then, in an unrelated arrest also on Friday, 27 year old Joshua Earl of Springville was taken into custody on a Lawrence County warrant at 8:20 p.m. that charges him with possession of meth and possession of paraphernalia. His bond is set at $755 cash or $7,500 surety.
The Mitchell VFD responded to a truck fire around 8:13AM this morning in the west parking lot of the Mitchell High School. According to Mitchell City Police, the 1978 Ford F150 PU belonging to Jenny Michael of Mitchell was on fire. Firefighters were there until 8:38AM. The truck was badly damaged. No injuries were reported.
Authorities have determined that the victims found inside a burning Jeffersonville home were shot to death. The bodies of 26-year-old Morgan Julius and 27-year-old Courtney Grimm were found Saturday.
Friday, November 8th, 2013
A Loogootee man escaped serious injury during a single vehicle rollover crash on State Road 56 in Dubois County. According to police reports, at approximately 1:00 P.M., 60 year old Robert E. Lee, of Loogootee, was traveling eastbound on State Road 56 in a 2006 International semi tractor, pulling a 2006 Mack Trailer. While eastbound and west of County Road 325 East, Lee left the roadway in a curve and struck a ditch, causing the vehicle to overturn and strike a utility pole. The overturned trailer spilled its entire load of grain onto the roadway. Lee suffered only minor head scratches and refused treatment on scene. Troopers stated Lee was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, and added that the seatbelt may have saved his life due to the semi-tractor being a total loss. Assisting at the scene were the Haysville Fire Department, & Dubois County EMS.
Thursday evening, November 7, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Trooper John Davis and Deputy Dallas Killian responded to 1953 East Logtown Road near Winslow to serve an arrest warrant on 36 year old Angel Bellamy. She was wanted out of Pike County for a community corrections violation. When officers entered the residence they discovered small amounts of meth and numerous items commonly used to manufacture meth. During the investigation officers also determined Bellamy had ingested meth prior to their arrival. Bellamy’s husband, 42 year old Aaron Bellamy, was currently not at the residence. Angel Bellamy was taken to Daviess Community Hospital in Washington where she was checked by medical staff before being incarcerated in the Pike County Jail. When Aaron later arrived at the residence he was arrested and also taken to the Pike County Jail. They are both being held without bond. The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team removed all meth making materials from the residence.
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
A Lawrence County woman who was running across State Road 37 suffered two broken legs and a head injury when she was struck by a truck Wednesday night. 56 year old Benita Stahl, of Bedford, was running across all lanes of State Road 37 near Main Street at 8:35 p.m. according to a Mitchell Police Department accident report. Stahl then started back across the highway or stumbled, according to 38 year old Derik A. Belcher of Mitchell, who was driving the 2005 Dodge Ram pickup. Belcher was driving south toward Mitchell Manor when he saw Stahl running across State Road 37. When Belcher was nearing Stahl, Stahl either started back into traffic or lost her balance, the report states. The passenger side mirror of the truck struck Stahl. A witness agreed with Belcher’s account, according to the report. When police arrived, Stahl in the middle of southbound State Road 37, the report states. First responders were already at the scene, and Stahl was taken to Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital. A doctor told the officer Stahl broke both her legs and had an abrasion on her head showing her skull, according to the accident report. Both Stahl and Belcher consented to a blood draw, and results are pending. Stahl was later transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Work on State Road 37 between Paoli and Orleans will not be completed in December as planned. According to Chris Gentry with Indiana Department of Transportation “We had some delays ... with some utilities and that’s going to push us over into next year a little bit.”. This information was shared with members of the Ind. 37/145 Association during a meeting Wednesday. Gentry is manager for the highway improvements being made on State Road 37 between Paoli and Mitchell and on U.S. 150/State Road 56 between Paoli and Prospect. According to Gentry “They’re working on the west side of State Road 37 right now, and then they will be switching over,” the switch will be in about three weeks to the east side. The new target date for getting the work completed is unknown. Gentry also provided updates on two other projects that have been part of the overall road improvement plan between Mitchell and Paoli. He said he had received the final notice that the upgrade between Mitchell and Orleans is complete, and said the work in the town of Orleans itself “should be wrapping up at the end of the month.”
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
A Hardinsburg woman was killed in a two-vehicle accident around d7am Tuesday morning. The accident occurred near Fredricksburg in Washington County. 27 year old Alisha Riffs of Hardinsburg, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The other driver, 33 year old Jeremy Hall of French Lick waken by air ambulance to University of Louisville Hospital. Hall was driving a 2005 Mercury Sable west when he pulled into the eastbound lane striking Rigg’s 1999 Ford passenger car head-on.
With the winter approaching,, The flu bugs will soon be making rounds. The Orange County Health Department is offering flu shots. Medicaid, Insured and uninsured are all welcome. Call for an appointment at 723-7141
Paul George scored 31 points to help the Indiana Pacers remain the NBA’s only unbeaten team with a 99-91 win over the Detroit Pistons Tuesday evening. The Pacers are 4-0 for the time since the 2004-05 seasonTuesday, November 5th, 2013
The Melton Public Library in French Lick will help you navigate the Affordable Care Act. Small group assistant sessions will be offered on Thursday, November 7th from 5:30 to 7pm. There will be an information session with an expert on the Affordable Care Act. Registration is required. Registration at the upstairs circulation desk at the Library or by calling 936-2177.
The Hoosier National Forest staff have six possible prescribed burns planned for this fall. Days available to accomplish these burns are always limited by weather and available personnel. Some of the areas may be burned while other areas may not. Some areas are burned to improve oak and hickory regeneration, while others are burned to increase native grasses and keep the areas open for wildlife. The prescribed burns could occur between the end of October and April 15 as weather and conditions are favorable. Each of the areas will be closed to the public the day of the burn and after the burn until the area is considered safe. Hunters are asked to used caution and pay particular attention if any signs are posted or if they plan to hunt areas planned for prescribed burns. Though more areas will be planned for the spring, areas proposed to be prescribed burned this fall include:
- Roland-Moffat - the bottomland fields of this wetland area (335 acres) near Roland.
- U-38 - 472-acre area south of Birdseye. (Will affect portions of the Birdseye Trail south of Mitchell Creek Road).
- Rattlesnake South - 811 acres in Mogan Ridge area south of Leopold. (Will affect portions of the Mogan Ridge West Trail).
Five people from Jennings County were arrested Sunday for allegedly throwing eggs off the I-65 overpass onto County Road 700 North and at other locations in Seymour. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says 19-year-old Sean D. Maxwell and four juveniles, ages 13 to 17, were arrested on four counts of criminal mischief and one count of overpass mischief. One juvenile was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia
Monday, November 4th, 2013
An Orleans man is facing several charges after he allegedly walked into the Lost River Liquor Store on South Sixth Street in Mitchell around 9PM Saturday and attempted to walk out with a half gallon of whiskey. According to Mitchell City Police, 45-year-old Andy Evans. was charged with theft, battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, public intoxication and disorderly conduct and was booked into the Lawrence County Jail at 11:20PM Saturday night. Evans was arrested at a rooming house in Mitchell. Police had gone to the rooming house to serve a warrant on another man and they located Evans at the same location.
Two men were arrested by Mitchell police on drug-related charges following a traffic stop Saturday morning. According to Mitchell Police, officers stopped a vehicle for speeding at 3:09 a.m. Saturday. Officers suspected the presence of drugs in the vehicle and called for assistance from Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department’s canine unit. Following a search, the K9 unit made a hit on the vehicle and Lux and Hash were then arrested. The two were booked into the Lawrence County Jail at 5 a.m. Saturday.
Brianne Elizabeth Maynard was sentenced to six years in prison for causing the death of a Freetown woman. Jackson Circuit Judge Richard W. Poynter delivered a poignant message to 18-year-old Maynard, of Seymour Friday morning. Maynard pleaded guilty September 5 to reckless homicide in connection with the death of 35-year-old Crystal Engelking on June 1. Engelking died at an Indianapolis hospital following a head-on collision with Maynard's vehicle on State Road 258 west of Seymour. Maynard, was arrested following the accident on four Class C felony charges: reckless homicide, causing death when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing death when operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 or more, and causing death when operating a motor vehicle with a Schedule I and II controlled substance. The head-on collision happened in the 2000 block of State Road 258 in Jackson County near Cortland. Maynard, was traveling east her car while Engleking, was going west in her pickup truck when the two vehicles collided head-on.
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