Friday, December 14th, 2018
The city of Mitchell Police Department is actively seeking a new police chief. According to the Times Mail, the word came after it was learned former chief, Mike Johnson, is no longer employed with the department. Mitchell Mayor JD England could only confirm that Johnson was no longer employed with the city, but refused to comment further on the matter because it is a personnel issue. Mayor England appointed Johnson chief of police after Steve Blair resigned for health reasons. Johnson began the new role Aug. 21, 2017, after retiring from the Bedford Police Department after 27 1/2 years of service. Mitchell is actively seeking a replacement and in the meantime, the Mitchell police department will run as usual to protect and serve the citizens of Mitchell.
Jasmine Pickett was sentenced to a two-year sentence, most of which will be served on probation, for her role following the January 2016 death of Kamie Ratcliff. The 33-year-old Pickett, former wife of Lincoln Pickett, plead guilty to abuse of a corpse, a Level 6 felony, and failure to report a dead body, a Class A misdemeanor. On Wednesday, Lawrence Superior Court I Judge John Plummer III sentenced Jasmine Pickett to a two-year sentence for the guilty plea. Most of the sentence, one year and 355 days, will be served on probation. Pickett was given five days credit of time served in jail. Charges of obstruction of justice and false informing were dismissed as part of the agreement. Jasmine Pickett was accused of helping Lincoln Pickett to burn Ratcliff’s body behind their Mitchell home on U.S. 50 West in January 2016.
A 16-year-old Bloomington girl was arrested after she took a gun to school Wednesday. The Bloomington High School North student's told police she found the Smith & Wesson .22-caliber handgun along May Road and put it inside her backpack and forgot it was in there. According to Bloomington Police Department Capt. Steve Kellams the girl never showed the gun to anyone at the school. Police found the girl at her home and the gun still in her backpack. The gun was not loaded and didn't have a magazine. Police confiscated the weapon and arrested her on a charge of possession of a firearm on school property. She was transported to a juvenile detention center.
Thursday December 13th 2018
The body of a missing Pekin Man was found Wednesday near Winslow Lake. 88 year old Joseph Brown from had been missing since Thursday, Dec. 6. Officers began searching the area of Winslow lake after receiving a call about someone finding Brown's red 2015 Buick Enclave. According to the Washington County Sheriff Brown's body was found around 1:30 p.m. on a steep hillside in rocky terrain, about a half a mile from his vehicle. An Indiana State Trooper noticed the body on the hill while searching across the lake. Police were not expecting to find Brown there. The location of the body could not be seen from the top of the hill or from the bottom due to the rocks. Blueriver Fire Rescue Unit assisted police in recovering the body Also assisting were the Clark County Sheriff's Department, Indiana Conservation, Indiana State Police, Southern Indiana Search and Rescue, members of all Washington County fire departments, Jeff Craig K9 Search Team, EMA, APS, Washington County Coroner, Arby's and Main Street Pizza.
Two people were jailed Wednesday afternoon after the report of a domestic disturbance in the area. Indiana State Police and the Huntingburg Police Department responded to the report that sent officers to the area of Fourth and Chestnut streets. Police determined the two persons they encountered, 29 year old William Artiga Jr. of Huntingburg and 41 year old Diana Gandarilla of Long Beach, California, had been drinking with blood alcohol contents that test .14 percent and .13 percent. The investigation also determined that Gandarilla was the protected person in an active protective order barring Artiga with contacting her. Authorities booked Artiga into the Dubois County Jail at 12:43 p.m. on preliminary misdemeanor counts of public intoxication and invasion of privacy. Gandarilla was arrested and booked at 2:05 p.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of public intoxication.
A meeting with a deer in the roadway sent a man’s truck into a ditch Friday evening just southwest of Huntingburg. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department 33 year old Clint Cooper of Huntingburg was westbound on Old Road 64 in a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado when the accident occurred at 7:26 p.m. west of County Road 400W. The sheriff’s department said four or five deer ran across the roadway. After it struck one of them, a deputy reported, the Cooper Silverado left the north side of the roadway and stopped in a ditch. Cooper wasn’t injured but the accident likely totaled the truck. Damage was estimated at over $5,000. A KARS wrecker assisted.
Wednesday December 12th 2018
A woman was transported to be checked out Thursday evening after her car struck highway guardrails south of Jasper. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department 41 year old Wendy Rasche of Jasper, was northbound on U.S. 231 in a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu when the accident occurred at 6:43 p.m. near WITZ Road. Rasche said she had been following a truck that was, , all over the roadway in her opinion. She slowed to put distance between her and the truck and, when she did, her vehicle slid on roadway ice. Rasche’s car struck the guardrail on the east side of the highway, then skidded to the west side of the roadway, stopping after striking the opposite guardrail. Rasche was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center to be checked out. Damage to her car was estimated between $1,000 and $2,500. Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.
Three people were taken to a hospital Saturday morning after a crash on State Road 37. According to a Bedford Police Department accident report At 10:43 a.m., 34 year old Lisa Brock of Medora was traveling south on State Road 37, near Fifth Street, in her 2015 Ford Edge,. Brock was traveling at a high speed and did not see a 2009 Dodge Challenger, driven by 46 year old Ricky Shimkus of Bloomington stop in front of her at a traffic light. Brock’s vehicle hit the Challenger, which pushed the Challenger into a 2002 Buick Century driven by 87 year old Carol Bane of Springville. Brock complained of chest pain and Shimkus complained of head pain. 58 year old Cheryl L. Shimkus of Bloomington complained of back pain.
Early this/Wednesday morning at approximately 2:00, Trooper Tyler Widner attempted to stop 30 year old Rasheen Middleton of Evansville for a license plate violation on Diamond Avenue near First Avenue in Evansville. Middleton failed to stop and continued south on Fulton Avenue reaching approximately 100 mph. The vehicle continued south on SE Riverside Drive until coming to a final rest at Oak Street after driving over a concrete median. Middleton fled on foot, but he was located in a nearby garage by an Evansville Police K-9 unit. Middleton is charged with a felony count of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, and misdemeanor counts of Resisting Law Enforcement, Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Suspended, Reckless Driving, He was taken to the Vanderburgh County where he is currently being held without bond.
Tuesday December 11th 2018
Two French Lick men were arrested after an investigation of burglary by French Lick Police that occurred at Legendz Sports Bar and Grill in French Lick on Dec. 7. On Dec. 6, the French Lick Police Department was contacted by Legendz regarding a burglary that had occurred that morning. When police arrived, they were told by an employee that burglars had entered the businesses and removed cash from multiple cash drawers in the building. An employee reported that when they came to work, the rear door was already open. Another employee stated that when they went to one of the cash registers, the money was missing. Security footage showed one of the suspects appeared to be wearing light-colored pants and a dark coat with a hoodie. The second suspect was wearing a coat with reflective stripes on the upper sleeve area. After reviewing security footage from the French Lick Resort and observing two suspects enter the hotel shortly after the time of the burglary. One of the suspects in the security footage was dressed exactly like the suspect in the Legendz security footage. A Legendz employee was able to positively identify the suspects from the security footage as 20 year old Matthew and 23 year old Dakota Kalb both of French Lick. Later that day the French Lick Police were contacted by an employee of Legendz who reported that Matthew Kalb was in the parking lot. Matthew Kalb was located in a pickup truck with his wallet, a cigarette lighter and a container in his hand. The report states a prescription pill was visible through the clear plastic view panel of the wallet. Matthew Kalb was taken into custody and his wallet, lighter and the container was taken for evidence purposes. Matthew Kalb’s wallet contained $182 in cash, a hydrocodone pill and six and one-quarter Xanax pills. A partial, unidentified pill was located in a container commonly known as a “one hitter” with less than 30 grams of marijuana inside. The items were taken into evidence. Dakota Kalb came to the French Lick Police Station later the same day. The police report states Dakota Kalb told police that he was wearing a hat stolen from the French Lick Resort. He also said he did not have any money from the burglary at Legendz, where he was employed. During an interview with Dakota Kalb he admitted to the involvement in the burglary at Legendz and the theft at the French Lick Resort, along with Matthew Kalb. Dakota Kalb also handed officers a cigarette box with less than 30 grams of marijuana inside and six Xanax pills. Dakota Kalb and Matthew Kalb were arrested and are each facing felony charges of burglary, and two counts of theft and a count of possession of a controlled substance. Both men were transported to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Two men were injured in a two-vehicle collision at State Road 37 and 16th Street, Monday afternoon. According to a Bedford Police report 69 year old George James of Mitchell was traveling south on State Road 37 and was in the turn lane preparing to turn west onto 16th Street. At that time, an AMR ambulance driven by 24 year-old Shane Jarrett of Mitchell was traveling west on 16th Street and was crossing State Road 37 on an emergency run and utilizing their lights and sirens. James told police he was turning when his 2017 Ford Fuson was struck by the ambulance. Jarrett told police he had the green light to cross State Road 37. A witness stated that the ambulance had cleared the intersection with all other vehicle stopped when James' car proceeded through the intersection traveling around 30 mph and failed to yield to the ambulance. James' car struck the right rear of the ambulance at a right angle. James suffered an abrasion to his elbow/lower arm was treated at the scene by the ambulance personnel and Jarrett complained of back pain.
Sunday morning at 3:00 AM, Trooper Fulton responded to an area near Lakewood Drive to investigate a suspicious vehicle. He spotted a vehicle that matched the description of the suspicious vehicle. The vehicle was parked on Blackford Road and was blocking a driveway. The vehicle’s headlights were on, but the taillights were off. When Trooper Fulton approached the vehicle he observed a male asleep in the driver’s seat and the vehicle was still running. After knocking on the window multiple times the driver finally woke up. The driver was identified as 23 year old Steven Reynolds of Mt. Vernon. Reynolds appeared to be impaired. A wanted check revealed Reynolds was wanted out of Vanderburgh and Posey Counties. During a search of his vehicle, officers located a backpack containing approximately 8 grams of methamphetamine, twelve syringes, twelve morphine sulfate extended release pills, small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia. Reynolds refused to submit to a chemical test. He was arrested and is currently in the Posey County Jail. Reynolds is facing felony counts of Dealing Meth, Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of Meth, Unlawful Possession of a Syringe, and Misdemeanor counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Refusal, Operating a Motor Vehicle without ever Receiving a License.
Monday evening at approximately 7:15 pm, the Indiana State Police responded to a three vehicle crash where a pedestrian was struck on State Road 7 near US 31. The initial investigation by Trooper. Korry Clark indicated that a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by 22 year old Austin Rice of Columbus was traveling northbound on State Road 7 just south of US 31 when the vehicle suffered a mechanical issue. The vehicle came to a stop off the edge of the roadway. A Ford F-150 being driven by 31 year old Michael Williams of North Vernon, Indiana arrived on scene to assist Rice. 19 year old Ashley Sowerby of Columbus, Indiana also arrived on scene in a different vehicle. A 1999 Nissan Sentry being driven by 27 year old Randy Robinson of Columbus was traveling northbound on State Road 7, approaching the other vehicles. Robinson was unable to slow avoid the slowed traffic. Robinson’s vehicle struck Sowerby, who was standing next to the roadway. Robinson’s vehicle then sideswiped a 1998 Ford Escort being driven by 22 year old Stefan Dehaven, of Elizabethtown, Indiana before striking the rear of Williams’ vehicle. Sowerby was transported by ambulance to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. She has since been treated and released. A passenger in Dehaven’s vehicle was also treated for minor injuries at Columbus Regional Hospital. Robinson was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital where he submitted to a blood test for intoxication. The results are pending at this time. Robinson also suffered minor injuries in the crash. The investigation is ongoing.
Monday, December 10th, 2018
The Washington County Sheriff's Department is asking for your assistance with locating a missing person. Police say 88-year-old Joseph Brown of Pekin was reported missing from the Voyles Road area. He was last since earlier Thursday, December 6th. Mr. Brown May be driving a red 2015 Buick Enclave, with Indiana License plate number D185XR. He own carries a cane and wears a Catholic scapular necklace. He also has a tendency to get confused and or lost. Deputy Brad Naugle is the investigating officer. If you have any information about Mr. Brown, you are urged to call the Washington County Sheriff's Department at (812) 883-5999.
Around 6 a.m. Sunday morning, Washington County Deputy Allen Taylor responded to a one-vehicle accident on State Road 56 East, near Morgan's Market. The driver was traveling west, when the driver drove left of center for an unknown reason, collided with a mailbox and a brick pillar, which caused the vehicle to roll over. The driver had to be extricated and was flown to U of L Hospital for what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries. Deputy Taylor was assisted by members of the Salem Fire Department, Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Washington County Ambulance Service.
A Lawrence County man died from injuries he suffered in an accident early Saturday morning at the intersection of John Williams Boulevard and State Road 37. According to a Bedford Police report, when officers arrived on the scene they found a 1990 Ford Expedition resting at the far southwest part of the intersection after striking the solid metal pole that holds the stoplight for southbound lanes of State Road 37. Bedford Police began checking the passenger seats and nearby area to see if anyone had been thrown from the vehicle, while an officer checked on the driver. No passengers were found. Officer Hamilton found the driver 40-year-old Tanner Bough trapped in the vehicle and not breathing and he didn't have a pulse. An IU Health Hospital ambulance arrived on the scene. Coroner Rob Herr also responded. Bedford Fire Department removed Bough from the vehicle. With the assistance of Indiana State Police Sgt. Rusty Garrison officer began shutting down State Road 37 from 16th Street to State Road 158 so officers could investigate the accident and because there was no working stop light at the intersection. The stoplight had fallen to the ground along with all the wires and supporting cables which made the highway impassable. INDOT was then contacted and said it would be two hours before crews could arrive on the scene. According to police, Bough was traveling at a high rate of speed and entered the intersection of State Road 37 and John Williams Boulevard from the west in the eastbound lane of John Williams Boulevard. Police photographed the speedometer stuck at 90 miles per hour. The vehicle had severe damage to the front end, the undercarriage, and roof. The frame of the vehicle was bent downward in a slight V shape and the roof of the vehicle was caved in from where it had struck the pole head-on, lifting it off the ground slamming into the pole.
Friday, December 7th, 2018
A 4-year-old Martin County child died after being struck by a vehicle last Saturday. Washington Police say the accident remains under investigation. Officers were called to the intersection of East National Highway and Southeast Seventh Street at 5:39 p.m. after a report of a car striking a child. According to police 62-year-old Karla Orender of Washington was traveling west on East National Highway just past Southeast Seventh Street in a 2016 Kia Rio when 4-year-old Oaklee Carlisle of Loogootee ran into the roadway. Orender's vehicle hit the child with the vehicle's front driver's side bumper and then dragged the child 60 feet before stopping. Oaklee died after suffering severe head injuries.
A Lawrence County man was sentenced to nearly five years of probation Monday after pleading guilty to dealing heroin. 30-year-old Christopher Fleenor, Mitchell, was originally charged with two counts of dealing in a narcotic drug, a Level 5 felony and was arrested in October 2017 as part of a county-wide drug bust coordinated by the Lawrence County Drug Task Force. More than 20 people were arrested at the time. Fleenor was accused of selling heroin twice in August 2017 to a confidential informant. In one of the buys, police found the heroin was mixed with fentanyl. Lawrence Superior Court II Judge William Sleva sentenced Fleenor to probation, with the final two years unsupervised.
A Dubois county-owned dump truck ended up on its side following a Wednesday afternoon accident west of Mentor. According to the Dubois County sheriffs department, at around 12:50 p.m. 61 year old David Schuetter, of Schnellville, was westbound on State Road 64 in a 2016 Freightliner dump truck east of Schnell Road. Deputies said the front passenger-side tire on the truck blew out, causing the Freightliner to travel off the north side of the highway and the truck stopped on its side in a ditch. The accident closed down State Road 64 for about 30 minutes but Schuetter escaped injury. The St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Department, Jasper Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Ruxer Ford wrecker assisted.
Thursday, December 6th, 2018
A Lawrence County woman was rushed to the hospital from the Lawrence County Jail after being booked in. According to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, 41-year-old Barbara Brown of Mitchell was arrested after dispatch received a complaint of an erratic driver at 4:33 p.m. from the 7950 block of State Road 37. The caller reported a driver in a green Jeep Grand Cherokee had hit a blue Dodge Dakota. When deputies arrived they made contact with Brown and determined her driving ability was impaired and she was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangerment, OWI under a controlled substance, and driving while her driver's license suspended with a prior conviction. About an hour after arriving at the jail, staff noticed that Brown's condition had degraded based upon what her condition was when she arrived at the jail. An ambulance was immediately called and Brown was transported to IU Health Bedford for treatment.
Tris Pharma issued a voluntary recall notice on Wednesday for Infants' Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension due to products that have been found to potentially have higher concentrations of ibuprofen. Infants who may be more susceptible to a higher potency level of drug may be more vulnerable to permanent NSAID-associated renal injury. They were sold at Family Dollar, Walmart, and CVS under Brand Name Equate Infants Ibuprofen NDC # 49035-125-23, CVS Brand Infants Ibuprofen NDC # 59779-925-23 and Family Dollar under Family Wellness Infants Ibuprofen NDC # 55319-250-23
The Orleans Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the ninth annual Christmas Around the Square Saturday on Congress Square in Orleans. This is a family-friendly, fun-filled holiday event.Santa will arrive around 5 p.m. via the town’s restored vintage fire truck. He will set up shop at the bandstand near the official town Christmas tree. Parents are encouraged to bring their children and a camera to snap a picture with Santa. There will be a traditional nativity scene with live animals on the west side of the square near the Orleans United Methodist Church. The Children’s Christmas Funtime Express will be providing free rides for children around the square. There will be live entertainment planned throughout the evening with special performances by the Orleans High School band. Horse and carriage rides will be offered from the north side of the square. Weather permitting, rides will depart from the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center. Vendors will set up in the park, including Tri Kappa and the OHS Junior Class After Prom Committee. Mount Pleasant Baptist Church will have a hospitality tent in the park as well. The Orleans Public Library will offer a winter-themed jam session around the fireplace on the main level. Warm beverages will be provided by library staff. The Santa Hat run/walk begins at 5:15 p.m. Entrants should gather near the bandstand and are encouraged to wear Santa hats while participating. For more information on the event, contact the Orleans Chamber at (812) 865-9930
Wednesday December 5th 2018
A West Baden Springs resident was arrested on a felony charge of intimidation in Orange Superior Court after police say he threatened a woman and would not let her leave. A 911 call coming in shortly after 10 p.m. Dec. 1 from a woman who was talking low and said she needed help. The woman then reportedly said 57 year old Luke Day was coming back and then screamed she was leaving because he had threatened to shoot her. A deputy with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the home on County Road 425 North and used his vehicle’s public address system to order the subjects out of the residence. The woman said she told them Day would step in front of her whenever she tried to leave and that he had threatened to shoot her as well as her parents. During the investigation, a family member of Day’s contacted officers and said Day had told him he was going to kill the police and then kill himself. According to the report, Day said he had been arguing with the woman and confessed to saying he would shoot her but added he would never do that. Day had been drinking and blew a .12 on a portable breath test. He was taken to the Orange County Jail.
An Orange County driver’s car sustained disabling damage in a collision with a deer just west of the Dubois Crossroads Thursday morning. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department 23 year old Chase Denton of French Lick, was eastbound on State Road 56 in a 2018 Dodge Charger when the accident occurred 500 feet west of State Road 545 and Hickory Grove Road intersection at 5:33 a.m. A deputy said Denton’s car hit a deer that came onto the highway from the north. There were no injuries and Denton’s Charger sustained between $2,500 and $5,000 in damages. A Laroach Wrecker Service tow truck had to tow the car away.
A woman who allegedly failed to signal a turn was jailed on multiple preliminary charges late Tuesday night. A Jasper Police Department officer stopped a 2013 Toyota passenger car at Third Avenue and Main Street at 11:30 p.m. The driver 52 year old Cynthia Denu of Jasper, after she allegedly failed to signal while negotiating a turn. Police searched the Toyota after allegedly finding out Denu’s license was suspended and she did not have insurance on the vehicle. Police said two plastic straws with a crystalline residue were located inside of her purse which was later field tested positive as methamphetamine. Police also found in the purse approximately 1 gram of a crystalline substance that also field tested positive for methamphetamine. Authorities booked Denu into the Dubois County Jail at 12:18 a.m. this morning on a preliminary felony count of methamphetamine possession and preliminary misdemeanor counts of possession of paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle without financial responsibility. She posted bond later this morning.
Tuesday December 4th 2018
Two Paoli men were arrested after police allege they sent inappropriate text conversations to a 13-year-old girl. Police arrested 19 year old Larry Meyer and 18 year old Tyson Robbins both of Paoli. Police began their investigation on October 9th after police received a call from the girl's father saying he had found inappropriate text messages on the girl's phone. Police say they found several conversations about sexual matters and nude images and videos on the girl's phone. Police interviewed the girl and she told them she'd sent photos to the two men and received photos from Meyer. The girl told police both men knew she was 13 years old. Both men admitted to sending inappropriate messages and images to the girl but Robbins told police he sent the photos by accident. Both men confessed that the girl had also sent them photos and inappropriate text messages. Robbins said he deleted all the images on his phone and then destroyed the phone. Both men said they knew the girl was underage. Meyer and Robbins were arrested on felony charges of dissemination of matter harmful to minors. Robbins was also a felony charge with possession of child pornography.
A Jasper man is facing charges that include rape, confinement and battery following an investigation that began early Sunday. At 4 a.m., the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department was notified by the Boonville Police Department reporting that they had come across a female victim that had allegedly been assaulted in Dubois County. The Boonville officer transported the victim to a Warrick County hospital emergency room for treatment of her injuries. A Dubois County sheriff’s deputy went to the Warrick County hospital to meet with the officer and interview the victim. The victim appeared to have suffered multiple injuries to her face and head area. An interview was performed and the deputy returned to Dubois County and secured a search warrant and an arrest warrant for 38 year old Isaac Stewart of Jasper. Stewart was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 9:55 a.m. on felony charges of rape, criminal confinement, battery resulting in serious bodily injury and battery with a deadly weapon and a count of strangulation. Stewart is being held without bond. Police say it is an ongoing investigation.
A passenger in a vehicle ended up in jail after a Friday night traffic stop. A Jasper Police Department officer observed a vehicle with a taillight out eastbound on Sixth Street and conducted a traffic stop at 10:45 p.m. at Truman Road and Carroll Street. The officer said the driver failed to signal intention to turn southbound on Truman Road and drove across the centerline. A Dubois County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit and his handler came to the scene and conducted an open-air sniff resulting in a positive indication for illegal narcotics. The K-9 was alerted by the rear driver’s seat side door. After a search, police located two hypodermic syringes inside a bag in the back seat that Police allege belonged to 23 year old Colt Eckert of Jasper. Authorities booked Eckert into the Dubois County Jail at 2:07 a.m. Saturday on a preliminary felony count of unlawful possession of a hypodermic syringe. He posted bond later in the morning.
Police took a Kentucky driver to jail after a Friday night traffic stop on I-64. An Indiana State Police trooper stopped a westbound 2006 Cadillac passenger car near the mile marker 63 at 8:34 p.m. after allegedly clocking it at 89 mph in the 70 mph zone. The trooper reported noticing the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and allegedly observed pieces of marijuana on the center dash. According to police a search located marijuana, a grinder, a smoking pipe and two oxycodone pills. Authorities booked the driver 25 year old William Head of Georgetown, Kentucky into the Dubois County Jail at 10:46 p.m. on preliminary misdemeanor counts of illegal possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Head posted bond a short time later.
Monday, December 3rd, 2018
From the Orange Circuit Court, the Jury Trial scheduled for December 11th has been canceled. The defendant entered a blind plea, so jurors do not need to report for the trial.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at approximately 6:44 PM, Sergeant Keith Keller of the Martin County Sheriffs Department, conducted a traffic stop in Loogootee. Stopped was 48 year old Wesley Moore of Washington. During the stop, Loogootee Police Department Captain Jason Hennette’s K9 Roxy assisted by conducting a free air sniff of the exterior of Moores truck. K9 Roxy gave a positive indication of an illegal substance in the vehicle. Captain Hennette, Sergeant Keller, and Deputy Cody Shinn searched the truck. During the search, officers found a crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. Moore was taken into custody without incident, transported and booked into Martin County Jail. Moore was charged with, Possession of Methamphetamine a Level 6 Felony and Maintaining a Common Nuisance a Level 6 Felony
Sears Hometown, the locally owned and independent spinoff of the struggling Sears brand, will close its doors after the holidays. Owner Gary Smart, who has had the Bedford store since 2012, made the announcement Thursday. Plans are to close the doors Jan. 12. According to Smart, As we remain open through our last holiday season, we are very grateful to our loyal local customers. Customers can look forward to sales and graduated discounts during the holiday season. The discounts will be on in-store appliances, tools and more. Everything will go. Sears Hometown is not owned by Sears Holding Corp., which filed for bankruptcy protection in October. The Bedford store is independently owned. The decision to close was based upon a number of business factors.All protection agreements will still be handled through (800) 4MYHOME.
Three persons were injured in a two car crash in Washington County yesterday evening. According to the Washington County Sheriffs Department, at approximately 6:08 pm, Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a two vehicle crash with injuries,on West Washington School Road, near Bullington Road. The driver of the truck collided with a deer on the roadway. The driver of the truck then lost control of his vehicle and collided head on with another vehicle.One adult and two children were transported by the Washington County Ambulance Service to Louisville area hospitals for treatment of non life threatening injuries.
Friday, November 30th, 2018
Shortly before 12:30 pm on today, police agencies in Clark County were alerted by residents in the area of 2627 Crone Road, near Borden, of a possible plane crash in a wooded area nearby. Emergency Responders arrived at the rural wooded area to find a debris field from the reported crash. After it was determined there were no survivors at the crash site it was secured by police officers. It will remain secured until the National Transportation Safety Board, (NTSB), and Federal Aviation Administration, (FAA), arrive to assume the lead role in the crash investigation. The Clark County Airport located in Sellersburg, IN, confirmed a flight left their airport at 11:24 am, enroute to Chicago, IL, with allegedly three people aboard the flight, including the pilot.
A Orange County driver was not injured after being involved in a leaving the scene of an accident Thursday morning in Jasper. According to the Jasper Police Department, they were contacted about a leaving-the-scene accident at 36th and Newton streets at 10 a.m. Witnesses said they saw an orange Pontiac Sunfire with severe damage to its front end leaving the scene after striking a tan SUV. Police then received an anonymous tip that a smoking vehicle was in a lot near 30th and Newton streets with a female driver still inside. Officers then made contact with 25 year old Brooke Mundy, of French Lick, who was driving an orange 2006 Pontiac Sunfire. Police allege Mundy appeared under the influence of narcotics and failed field sobriety testing. She submitted to a chemical test that returned a presumptive positive for narcotics. Authorities booked Mundy into the Dubois County Jail at 1:08 p.m. on preliminary misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated, drugs and leaving the scene of an accident. She was also cited for driving while suspended and posted bond this morning. Police reminded the public that drivers can still be considered to be operating while impaired even if they are under the influence of prescribed medication obtained from a licensed professional and have taken the prescribed amount. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted at the scene.
Bloomington's only Barnes and Noble will close its doors in February after selling books to the community for more than two decades. Alex Ortolani, Barnes and Noble's director of corporate communications, declined to answer questions posed to them by the Herald Times about why the store was closing or what would happen to employees. Barnes and Noble currently operates around 630 stores in all 50 states. The Bloomington store at 2813 E. Third St. opened in 1995. Borders, a competitor to Barnes and Noble, closed its location less than a mile away in January 2011.
Thursday, November 29th, 2018
A Greene County man was arrested on attempted murder charges after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend Wednesday night. The woman suffered serious but not life threatening injuries. Police arrested 33-year-old Derrick Harper of Linton on charges of attempted murder, a Level 1 felony; battery by means of a deadly weaspon, a Level 5 felony, possession of meth, a Level 6 felony and public intoxication, a Class B misdemeanor. Harper had just been out of jail for three days when the incident occurred. According to court records he was arrested on Sunday, November 4 on charges of stalking, two counts of intimidation, criminal trespassing, resisting law enforcement and criminal mischief. While in jail the state filed another charge against Harper - battery resulting in bodily injury. He had an initial injury on Tuesday, Nov. 13. His public defender Alan Baughman asked the court to lower Harper's bond which was set at $10,500 surety with ten percent cash allowed. Judge Dena Martin denied that motion. He was released a week later. He is now being held in the Greene County Jail without bond.
The Jasper Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying an unknown male subject. The subject was allegedly involved in the theft of a debit card from Dollar General on Mannheim Road on Wednesday. He then attempted to use it at Walgreens and Circle A. The unknown male walks with a limp and was using a black cane. If anyone has any information who this subject is you are asked to contact the Jasper Police Department at 812-482- 2255, or as always you can contact the anonymous tip line at 812-481-2677 (COPS).
Indiana Department of Transportation's contractor for a $2 million cable barrier rail system project that spans sections of Interstate 64 in Crawford, Floyd and Harrison Counties plans to begin installation activities next Monday December 3. Construction signage is currently being placed at work sites. Action Traffic Maintenance, the state's contractor, will pour concrete foundations for line hole posts and end anchors along I-64 between State Road 66 at Carefree and Farnsley Road near Carefree before taking a brief Christmas/winter hiatus. Operations will resume after the first of the year. INDOT officials anticipate all 3/4-inch pre-stressed cable rail runs will be in place by the end of May. These high-tension "wire rope" cable rails prevent almost all cross-median crashes by catching and capturing vehicles crossing median areas of a divided highway. Motorists should expect inside shoulder closures and occasional left lane restrictions during installation operations.
Wednesday November 28 2018
A lack of a turn signal and the driver suddenly hitting their brakes and turning caused a four vehicles chain-reaction collision Wednesday morning in Jasper. According to police, the unidentified vehicle was eastbound on State Road 56 at about 7:40 a.m. when it suddenly stopped and turned north onto Carroll Street without using a turn signal. 23 year old Zachary Buechlein of Jasper was following the vehicle in a 2012 Chrysler Town and Country minivan. Buechlein immediately slowed down to avoid colliding with the rear of the unidentified vehicle. When he did so, a 1999 Nissan Pathfinder driven by 39 year old Waylon Bruce of Washington, rear-ended the minivan. A 2016 Ford Fusion driven by 55 year old Willa Alcantara of Winslow collided with Bruce’s Nissan. Afterward, a fourth vehicle, a 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander driven by 29 year old Ashley Altum-Ortega of Jasper, then collided with the rear of the Ford Fusion. No injuries were reported from the crashes. Three of the vehicles had to be towed from the scene. Police issued a reminder that according to Indiana Traffic Code, the signal of intention to turn right or left shall be given continuously not less than the last 200 feet traveled by a vehicle before turning or changing lanes.
A Daviess County driver escaped injury Friday evening when her minivan hit a deer east of Ireland. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department 26 year old Tearsha Logston of Washington, was westbound on State Road 56 in a 2005 Dodge when the accident occurred in the Ireland Flats at 6:36 p.m. The sheriff’s department said Logston’s vehicle struck a deer that was on the highway. The deer was then struck by an eastbound vehicle, but that damage to the second vehicle was very minor. Damage to the grille, hood, radiator and engine compartment areas of the Dodge was estimated between $5,000 and $10,000. Myers Towing, Petersburg, assisted at the scene.
A fire destroyed a detached two car garage and its contents Wednesday in Jasper. The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department was called to the east end of 37th Street at 10:11 a.m. Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang said a passerby reported the fire in the metal garage that contained a family’s minivan and tools. The garage and its contents were a total loss, according to Hochgesang, who estimated the building’s value at $30,000. The garage had electrical service but further investigation was needed before authorities possibly could come up with a cause for the fire. Five trucks and 25 firefighters were on the scene for a little over an hour.
A dog on the highway was struck by a SUV Thursday morning east of Jasper. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department 52 year old John Kettinger of Shoals, was westbound on State Road 164 in a 2012 Mazda SUV when the accident occurred 500 feet east of North Beaver Lake Road at 10:10 a.m. A deputy said a dog intent on investigating a dead skunk entered onto the highway and was struck by Kettinger. The SUV sustained damage to its grille area. Police estimated total damage between $1,000 and $2,500 to the SUV. A deputy was unable to locate the injured dog at the scene.
Tuesday November 27th 2018
A French Lick woman pled guilty to unemployment insurance fraud in Orange County Circuit Court on Nov. 1. Through the use of agency records, an Indiana Department of Workforce Development employee began an investigation and found that 36 year old Michelle Chatman was working and receiving wages while claiming unemployment insurance benefits. Chatman received eight years, with 180 days to be served on home incarceration with electronic monitoring and the remaining seven years and 185 days suspended to probation. She was also ordered to repay the DWD $18,970 for the benefits she fraudulently collected.
A juvenile suffered minor injuries when the bicycle he was riding was involved in a collision with a pickup truck Monday afternoon. According to the Jasper Police Department 25 year old Dylan Anderson of Jasper, was eastbound on 15th Street in a 2006 Dodge 1500 series truck 4:42 p.m on Main Street when the collision occurred. A juvenile male who was southbound on Main Street failed to yield the right of way at an intersection stop sign which resulted in the truck and the bike crashing. The juvenile was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for treatment of his non-severe injuries. Damage was estimated at $1,500 to the Anderson Dodge and $100 to the Juvenile’s bicycle.
The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department received a call just after midnight reporting a car partially in the roadway west of Mentor that led to an arrest. Police were called to the 8200 block of West State Road 64 at 12:25 a.m. that led to them finding a car with its front partially in a ditch and its rear partially in the roadway. A set of wet and fresh shoe prints were found at the rear of the unoccupied car which led them to make contact with 38 year old Jerry Hammond of Birdseye. Hammond allegedly stated he was trying to back out of the driveway when he drove the car into a ditch. After police detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage, the sheriff’s department began an investigation that resulted in Hammond’s blood alcohol content allegedly testing .32 percent at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. Authorities booked Hammond into the Dubois County Jail at 3:09 a.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated. A Berg’s Garage wrecker assisted at the scene.
Monday, November 26th, 2018
A 28-year-old Jackson County man was arrested last Wednesday on an attempted murder charge after he fired multiple rounds at a woman and pointed the loaded gun at another man's head. Jose Leandro Buval of Seymour was arrested after police received a 911 from a home in the 1700 block of West Second Street around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. When police arrived for the welfare check, Buval would not let them in without a warrant, but a woman told officers he had a gun. Buval was arrested after police made a security sweep of the house. The woman, who was in a relationship with Buval, told police Buval tried to kill her by firing a semiautomatic handgun at her. Another man in the house told officers that Buval also held a gun to his head. No one was injured during the incidents. Police say Buval fired at least three rounds into the floor and the ceilings in the kitchen and living room. Buval was arrested on charges of attempted murder, criminal recklessness, pointing a loaded fireman and intimidation.
After receiving multiple complaints of deer located with only the head and antlers cut off along county roads, Indiana Conservation Officers Everhart and Jahn stepped up their patrols in Jackson County. It didn't take long for their efforts to pay off, as they witnessed a man stop and shoot from his truck in the roadway. No deer was killed and the man was arrested. It is not clear if he is the one responsible for the killings. Anyone with information about the killings is asked to contact conservation officers. They were assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department and US Forest Service personnel. Call (800) 847-4367 for immediate response to turn in a poacher. Dispatchers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week or you can file a complaint online here.
An Daviess County man was arrested on warrants on Friday on child molesting and incest charges. Indiana State Police arrested Christopher Ruble of Odon on the warrant and he is being held on a $100,000 bond. Ruble was also served a warrant for a petition to revoke a suspended sentence for operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangerment.
Wednesday November 21st 2018
Convicted murderer Evan Schaffer was sentenced to 63 1/2 years in prison in Lawrence County Superior Court I earlier this week. Jurors found 23-year-old Evan Schaffer guilty of murdering 25-year-old Justin Lampkins at the Bedford McDonald's drive-through during the early morning hours of April 23, 2017. He was also found guilty of pointing a firearm, carrying a handgun without a license and battery resulting in bodily injury. He was sentenced to 62 years on the murder conviction and 2 years on a Level 6 felony conviction of pointing a firearm. Those sentences will run concurrently. He was sentenced to 1 year for carrying a handgun without a license and 180 days on the battery conviction. Those sentences will be served consecutively. Schaffer was arrested in March 2017 on a Level 4 felony arson charge in Monroe County. Schaffer is accused of setting his own apartment on fire at Knightridge Apartments in the 600 block of State Road 446. He was arrested and released after posting bond. Schaffer read a statement stating he plans to appeal the jury's decision. Lawrence County Chief Public Defender David Shircliff was appointed by Judge Plummer to handle the appeal.
A former Indiana University student accused of stabbing his mother to death at her California home last month is in the Monroe County Jail awaiting extradition. On Nov. 6, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office charged 26-year-old Levente Laszlo Lazar with murder. Investigators say Lazar stabbed and killed his mother, Athena Valentiny, at her Grover Beach home in October. California and Bloomington police arrested Lazar that evening. He is being held in the Monroe County Jail and is expected to return to California to face the murder charge. Grover Beach police officers found the 64-year-old woman's body with multiple stab wounds during a welfare check at her home in the 200 block of South 9th Street just before noon on Oct. 25. Investigators believe she was killed the day before. Police say the murder was committed willfully, deliberately and with premeditation. Grover Beach and San Luis Obispo County investigators have not released many details about the case because it remains under investigation.
A popular southern Indiana tourist attraction will remain in business after relatives purchased a portion of the land at auction. Most the 156-acre Joe Huber's Family Farm & Restaurant sold Saturday. A local businessman purchased much of the farmland in Starlight for $1.32 million. But Huber family members spent $880,000 on a 31-acre plot that includes the restaurant that's known for its fried chicken and biscuits, and another 6.65-acre lot. The land was sold after late founder Joe Huber Jr.'s four children decided to retire. The News and Tribune of New Albany reports that relative Jenna Huber Clem will run the eatery with her aunt and uncle. The restaurant and pumpkin patch about 15 miles northwest of Louisville draw thousands of visitors each fall for company picnics, school field trips and family outings.
Tuesday November 20th 2018
Police deployed a Taser stun gun after a pursuit early today that found a man and a woman taken into custody. The incident began at 12:25 a.m. when a Jasper Police Department officer observed a 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass strike a curb in the area of 36th and Newton street. Police say the vehicle driven by 33 year old Ashley Childress of Jasper went left of center through the intersection and continued southbound on Newton Street at a high rate of speed. Officers caught up with the car near 15th and Mill streets and attempted a traffic stop. After the officer initiated his car’s overhead lights the car proceeded southbound on Mill Street traveling in the wrong direction on the one-way route. The pursuit ended at 12:32 a.m. when the Oldsmobile wrecked into a curb near 1600 Royal St. Police deployed a Taser stun gun to take Childress into custody after she allegedly had refused officers’ commands. A passenger in the vehicle 37 year old Andrew Lyon of Loogootee was also detained after it was learned he was wanted on a felony failure-to-appear warrant out of Martin County. Childress and Lyon were lodged in the Dubois County Jail. Childress is preliminarily charged with counts of resisting law enforcement and criminal recklessness, plus a misdemeanor count of reckless driving and she was also issued multiple traffic citations. She was also found to be wanted on a felony warrant out of Orange County for possession of methamphetamine. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.
Two people were injured after a minivan crashed into several parked U-Haul vehicles Monday night. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department accident report At 7:13 p.m., 31 year old Shaun East of Heltonville was driving west on U.S. 50 East, near East Boyd Lane, in a 1996 Ford Windstar. East told police a vehicle traveling in the opposite lane veered into his lane causing him to run off the road and hit the U-Haul vehicles at D&D Star Stop. East suffered a fracture to an arm,. Passenger in the minivan 17 year old Clayton McKinney also of Heltonville complained of chest pain. Both people were taken to a hospital. A blood draw was performed on East, and results are pending.
Monday, November 19, 2018
Storm Clean Up continues in Orleans after last week's Ice event which resulted in a large number of downed large tree limbs and brush. Town crews are working to clear the storm debris in a timely fashion in addition to leaf collection which is underway. Town officials are asking residents to be patient and cooperative during the process. Those having limbs and storm debris are asked to place it curbside or next to the street for pickup. Those needing more information on the clean-up should contact the Orleans Town Hall at 812-865-2539.
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a potential Black Bear sighting after a motor vehicle accident involving a large animal on Interstate 64 near mile marker 121 Sunday evening. The incident occurred at around 8 p.m. Witness accounts by the operator of the vehicle, as well as at least one other witness to the accident, led officers to search the area for the animal. The darkness and rugged, brushy terrain of the area limited the search. Officers will be checking the area today for additional clues to positively identify the animal involved. Officers with the New Albany Police Department also assisted with the search at the scene.
Authorities say two teenagers have died after the car they were riding in collided with a train near Taylorsville Friday night. The Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department says the driver 18-year-old Matthew Newland and his passenger 17-year-old Carmyn Elkins were pronounced dead at hospitals following the collision shortly after 10 p.m. Friday. Both were from Columbus. Bartholomew County Coroner Clayton Nolting says both died of massive blunt force trauma. A witness says a Nissan Versa driven by Newland turned from southbound US 31 to travel east on a rural road and failed to yield to the southbound train. The car was knocked into a field southeast of the intersection by the collision and both Newland and Elkins were trapped in the wreckage. The witness says railroad crossing equipment was working properly as the train approached, and the train sounded its horn several times. Investigators will be reviewing camera footage from the train. The conductor and engineer of the Louisville & Indiana Railroad train were uninjured. The accident remains under investigation by the railroad, the sheriff's department and the Bartholomew County Coroner's office.
Friday, November 16th, 2018
A Lawrence County man was arrested after Bedford Police were called to 511 J Street about an overdose Thursday night. When police arrived at 6:13 p.m. they were met by 20-year-old Nolan Furlow at the door. Furlow opened the door and after being told why they were there Furlow refused to let them in to help. Officers then entered the residence and Furlow pushed one of the officers with both his hands. Officers had to forcibly place Furlow in handcuffs and waited for an ambulance to respond to make sure Furlow was medically okay after finding out he was the person who had allegedly overdosed. After being medically cleared, Furlow was arrested on charges of illegal consumption, battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
A Dubois County deputy issued a permit for a driver to legally possess a deer struck by a pickup truck Monday morning east of Huntingburg. According to police, at around 5:15 a.m, 26 year old Logan Corbett of Birdseye, was driving a 2008 Ford Ranger westbound on State Road 64 500 feet west of County Road 50E. Corbett’s truck then collided with an eight-point buck that came onto the highway from the south. The collision killed the deer and a permit for the possession of a wild animal was issued by the sheriff’s department. Damage to the truck was estimated to have exceeded $2,500.
Thursday, November 15th, 2018
A Huntingburg man was killed in a Tuesday afternoon crash on I-64 near the Lynnville exit. According to authorities, a tow truck was attempting to turn around at the scene to retrieve a disabled vehicle when a car driven 21 year old Jonathan Alcantar-Ramirez of Huntingburg rear-ended the wrecker. The accident occurred in the westbound lanes of I-64 at the 38.5-mile marker, just east of the Lynnville exit. The crash closed the westbound lanes for about two hours and additional details of the accident were not available. ndiana State Police accident reconstructionists assisted at the scene
Wednesday November 14th 2018
Indiana State Police initiated a criminal investigation early Tuesday morning after a Wadesville man called 911 to report a woman would be found tied up in a Poseyville residence. Preliminary investigation revealed that sometime late Monday night, 20 year old Ryan Hartwell of Wadesville went to the female’s residence in Poseyville to visit. Hartwell allegedly struck the victim in the head, tied her up and sexually assaulted her. During the altercation, Hartwell allegedly cut the victim’s arm with a knife and killed her German Shepherd dog. Hartwell then fled the scene in her car. At approximately 5:00 Tuesday morning, Hartwell allegedly contacted Gibson County 911 and reported a woman could be found tied up in her Poseyville residence. When officers arrived at the residence they found the victim still tied up. She was taken to Deaconess Hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Hartwell is charged with Felony counts of Rape, Criminal Confinement, Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Animal Cruelty, and Auto Theft. Hartwell was arrested and taken to the Posey County Jail where he is currently being held without bond.
A Bedford man was arrested on accusations he confined a woman to a home and threatened to kill her with a loaded crossbow Monday morning. At 4:56 a.m., a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department officer went to a home in the 900 block of North Pike Road for a welfare check on a woman. When police arrived, an officer saw 39 year old Jeremy Giddens of Bedford through a window in the home. However no one would answer the door. Dispatch received a 911 call from the female, and they found Giddens was possibly in possession of a loaded crossbow and that Giddens went into another room in the home. The woman was then able to flee the home and go to the officer. The officer then entered the home and detained Giddens. The woman told police Giddens pointed a crossbow and handgun at her and threatened to kill her. She also accused him of confining her to a room. Giddens is facing felony charges of criminal confinement while using a deadly weapon and intimidation. Giddens was booked into the Lawrence County jail. He has no bond set because he was on probation for a previous incident because of domestic battery that stemmed from an October 2017 incident in which a woman told police he choked her.
Tuesday November 13th 2018
Springs Valley Superintendent Tony Whitaker handed in his letter of retirement to the Springs Valley School Board at the Nov. 12 session. He will stay in his position until the end of the calendar year. He expressed his gratitude for all the support by the school board, staff and students during his years at the school. He also said he valued the opportunities Springs Valley has given him, first as a teacher and then as an elementary principal and superintendent. Whitaker has been superintendent at Springs Valley Schools since January 2014. Before becoming superintendent, he was Springs Valley Elementary School Principal for 13 and a half years. Whitaker previously taught industrial arts at Springs Valley, Orleans and Princeton high schools and has been an educator for 32 years.
A Mitchell man was arrested after causing a disturbance at Lowes on Sunday night. Bedford Police officers were called just before 8 p.m to the business. There police found Cory Turpin of Mitchell inside the store causing a disturbance. According to Police Chief Terry Moore said He showed all the signs of being intoxicated. He had slurred speech, red blood-shot eyes and was unsteady on his feet. Turpin gave officers permission to search him and officers found him in possession of meth, marijuana and a controlled substance that he did not have a prescription for. He was arrested on charges of public intoxication, possession of meth, marijuana and a controlled substance.
An armored truck and a coal truck were collided and left three people injured west of Ireland Monday morning. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department 24 year old Charles Dunlap Jr of Louisville, Kentucky, was westbound on State Road 56 in a 2017 International armored truck at about 10:10 a.m. when he lost control of the truck in a slight curve. Dunlap overcorrected and went left of center where it struck a Peterbilt coal truck that was stopped in the eastbound lane at the intersection of County Road 800W. The impact caused the armored truck to spin and then go off the north side of the roadway where it flipped several times before coming to a stop on its top. Dunlap suffered a leg bruise and was later transported to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center by private vehicle. Two passengers of the armored truck, 21 year old Kendrick Eaves and 23 year old Jacob Wittenbraker both of Radcliffe, Kentucky, were transported to Memorial Hospital by ambulance. 38 year old Michael Troop of Jasper was driving the empty Peterbilt coal truck and was not injured. The crash totaled both of the trucks.
Monday, November 12th, 2018
Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation say they are ready to handle wintery weather in the forecast this week. The forecast is calling for rain, turning to snow tonight. INDOT says they have 70 drivers ready to report in around 10 p.m. tonight to patrol and treat roadways as needed. INDOT Spokesperson Scott Manning said late last week that INDOT drivers had spent the prior few days treating bridge decks with a salt brine mix that helps prevent moisture from freezing to paved surfaces. INDOT urges drivers to keep an eye on the forecast and be mindful of conditions before starting their commute. They also asked drivers to be patient and give salt truck drivers plenty of room to do their jobs. "Be patient, slow down, make sure your vehicle is in good condition, ready for winter weather driving," "Make sure you've got an emergency kit on hand." You can also check highway and interstate travel conditions on INDOT's TrafficWise website at www.in.gov/indot
The Orleans High School Spell Bowl team brought home third place honors from the State Finals of the 2018 Indiana Spell Bowl at Purdue University on Saturday. Senior speller Nicholas Hester earned special recognition for spelling all nine of his words correctly and senior Annie Johnson was recognized for a near-perfect round. This year marked the third straight trip to the State Finals for the spellers and the fourth in school history. Other schools competing in Class 4 were State Champion Riverton Parke; second place, Barr-Reeve; and state finalists Northeast Dubois and Washington Township.Class 4 includes schools with fewer than 355 students enrolled in grades 9-12. The Orleans Community Schools Academic Teams are funded in part by a grant from the Orange County Community Foundation.
Friday, November 9th, 2018
36 year old Michelle Chatman of French Lick pled guilty to unemployment insurance fraud in Orange County Circuit Court on Nov. 1. Through the use of agency records, an Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) employee began an investigation and determined that Chatman was working and receiving wages while claiming unemployment insurance benefits. Chatman received eight years, with 180 days to be served on home incarceration with electronic monitoring and the remaining seven years and 185 days suspended to probation. She also was ordered to repay DWD $18,970 for the benefits she fraudulently collected. DWD receives wage reports and new hire data from Hoosier employers documenting who is employed and receiving compensation. The agency uses this information to ensure people are not collecting unemployment insurance benefits while working. Since 2013, Indiana courts have ordered fraudsters to repay millions in restitution to the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.
Police have arrested the son of a woman found dead in her California home. The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office has charged 26-year-old Levente Lazar of Bloomington with the murder of his mother Athena Valentiny. Authorities argue that the homicide was premeditated. Valentiny's body was discovered with multiple stab wounds by Grover Beach police on Oct. 25 during a welfare check. The investigation led detectives to identify Lazar as the primary suspect. Investigators traveled to Indiana to meet and interview Lazar, and to serve search warrants at his home. On Tuesday, Nov. 6th, detectives arrested Lazar on a charge of murder. No other information is being released at this time.
A flue fire in a wood stove resulted in the destruction of a home in Lawrence County Tuesday evening. According to police reports, At 8:18 p.m., a neighbor reported a home was on fire in the 800 block of Cauble Road. Huron Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched and when they arrived the home was fully engulfed in flames. The home was owned by Tracey Osborne and was not home at the time. In addition to Huron, the Marion Township Rural Fire Department, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and a AMR/St. Vincent Dunn Hospital ambulance responded to the fire.
Thursday November 8th 2018
Sheryl Chestnut of Loogootee is scheduled to appear in court on December 10th on charges that she stole thousands of dollars from the Barr-Reeve Band Booster account. Chestnut is facing felony charges of theft and forgery. She was the treasurer of the Barr-Reeve Band Boosters. The booster club is a private group and is not supervised by the school corporation. The missing money was discovered when Barr-Reeve music teacher and band director Stephanie O'Brian began checking on the funding for a band trip to Disney World in Florida. Chestnut is accused of withdrawing money and writing checks to herself out of the booter's account. The affidavit states Chestnut told investigators she used the money to pay personal bill. She is accused of taking $34,295 from the account between January 2015 and October 2018. School band officials say that the band will not be able to make the trip because of the theft.
A man was arrested on a warrant Friday alleging he battered a man and threatened people with a knife. According to a Lawrence Superior Court II probable cause affidavit Bedford Police officers went to the 1300 block of Oak Street in Bedford at 8:56 a.m. on Oct. 27 after a woman called 911 and reported a man with a knife was on her property,. When police arrived, they reported the woman was outside the home, along with a man with blood running down his face and a small girl on the porch crying. The woman told police she was in the bedroom with the man and her 6-year-old daughter when she heard a noise. She then saw 26-year-old Shawn Baugh of Heltonville, who she had a protective order against, walking down the hall. She told police Baugh screamed at her and the man and then he pulled out a knife. She told police she grabbed her daughter and ran into the living room and attempted to call police. She alleged Baugh grabbed her neck and attempted to choke her. The woman was able to call 911 and tell the dispatcher some information, but Baugh took her phone and smashed it. Then, she said she saw Baugh punch the man in the face. Baugh then drove away in his truck before police arrived. The man also told police Baugh punched him in the face, which resulted in a cut near his eye. Baugh is facing felony charges of residential entry, domestic battery, battery resulting in bodily injury, and Misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy, interference with the reporting of a crime, and criminal mischief. Baugh was booked into the Lawrence County jail and no bond has been set.
A driver was arrested he was found slumped in his seat Wednesday in a parking lot near the Bretzville Junction. At 12:13 p.m A Dubois County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped to check on the driver of a black Chevrolet Cruze that was in the lot of a former restaurant south of the Bretzville Junction. The driver 26 year old Jevin Madden of Taswell, was reported to be nervous and have glassy eyes, thick speech and other signs of drug use and he also did not have a valid driver’s license. The deputy allegedly spotted a bag of marijuana in Madden’s shoe and a search of the car resulted in the discovery of raw marijuana, a pipe with burnt residue and multiple types of pills. Authorities booked Madden into the Dubois County Jail at 1:35 p.m. on a preliminary felony count of illegal possession of a narcotic drug and preliminary misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession, possession of paraphernalia and illegal possession of Schedule drugs. Madden posted bond later Wednesday night. A Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted at the scene.
Monday, November 5th, 2018
A Monroe County man was arrested after he walked out of Rural King in Bedford without paying for his items. Bedford Police officers were called to the store at 7:13 p.m. after an employee witnessed a man walk out of the store without paying for his items. When police arrived they detained 19-year-old Alexander England of Bloomington in the parking lot. England showed signs of intoxication and admitted to taking the items. Officers also found England in possession of drugs. He was arrested on charges of theft, public intoxication, possession of meth, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Seymour police are asking the public to help them identify two armed robbery suspects. The two men allegedly robbed Morales Super Market at 416 East Tipton Street, around 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Seymour Police say the men entered the store and made the clerk believe they were armed and demanded the clerk hand over the money in the register. The men however never displayed any weapons. After given the money the men fled. According to Police both men were speaking Spanish and are between the ages of 20 and 25 years old, 5'8″ to 5'10" tall and between 140-160 pounds. Anyone will information should call the Seymour Police Department at 812-522-1234.
Friday, November 2nd, 2018
A Lawrence County man plead guilty Wednesday in Greene County to a felony charge of sexual misconduct with a minor after his involvement with a runaway minor from Ohio. According to Greene County Circuit Court 24-year-old Cody Major of Bedford plead guilty in a negotiated plea agreement. In that agreement, a charge of sexual misconduct with a minor and a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was dismissed. He plead guilty to one count of sexual misconduct with a minor in intercourse or other sexual conduct. He was sentenced by Judge Erik Allen to the Indiana Department of Correction for seven years, with two years suspended and was given credit for 83 days served.
Early Sunday morning an off-duty Trooper Kyle Hall, observed a white Ford passenger car traveling westbound on State Road 46 near Red Hill Road near Ellettsville. While observing the vehicle, one of the occupants threw out a lit cigarette. After initiating a traffic stop and identifying the occupants of the vehicle, it was discovered the driver had a suspended driver's license and both passengers were wanted on warrants through Monroe County. Troopers discovered 22 syringes inside the vehicle. After being transported to the Monroe County Jail, it was also discovered that both passengers, Keith Leighton, and Christina Hale had meth concealed on their person. Police arrested 26-year-old Leighton on probation warrants of possession of a controlled substance, possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe and two counts of trafficking with an inmate and 29-year-year old Hale on probation warrants, possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, false identity statement and false informing. Assisting were Trooper Gabe Bault, Ellettsville Police Department, the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, and Monroe County Jail Officers.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is reporting the state's first influenza-related death of the 2018-2019 flu season. According to the ISDH "We don't typically see flu-related deaths this early in the season, but flu viruses circulate year-round and can have heartbreaking consequences at any time," The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year. Dr. Box said that because infants under 6 months can't be vaccinated, it's important that anyone in a household where a young baby lives or visits get a flu shot to protect the child. Healthcare workers also are urged to get a flu vaccine to reduce their risk of transmitting illness to their patients.It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so the CDC recommends early vaccination. However, the flu vaccine can be administered at any time during the season, which typically runs from October through May.
Thursday, November 1st, 2018
A Lawrence County man was sentenced to two years supervised probation Wednesday after pleading guilty to setting fire to a car. 19 year old Logan Furnace, of Springville, plead guilty to arson, a Level 6 felony, in Lawrence Superior Court I Wednesday. Furnace set fire to a car in December 2017. Furnace has been receiving counseling for his past drug use and is taking medication.
A Pike County man was found dead at the scene of a two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning on State Road 64 west of Huntingburg in Dubois County. However, it isn't known yet if 87-year-old Emil Maier of Velpen died from injuries received in the crash or a medical condition. Dubois County Sheriff's deputies responded at about 7:30 a.m. to the crash on State Road 64 near the intersection of County Road 650W. Maier ran into the rear of a car stopped in traffic waiting to turn. The two occupants of that vehicle, 40-year-old Lory Toby of Stendal and her 14-year-old daughter Kayla, refused medical treatment at the scene. According to police, Maier had been eastbound on State Road 64 in a 2008 Chevrolet Impala when his car ran into the back of Toby's 2010 Dodge Avenger. Toby was also eastbound on State Road 64 and had stopped to turn left on County Road 650W. She was waiting for traffic to clear when Maier's vehicle hit her's. Police said Maier did not brake prior to colliding with Toby's car. The investigation is ongoing by the Dubois County Coroner. State Road 64 was closed until 9:15 a.m. while the scene was cleared. The Dubois County Sheriffs Department was assisted on scene by Indiana State Police, including a crash reconstructionist, Huntingburg Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and Uebelhor and Sons Wrecker Service.
Jerry Lee Carson, Jr., appeared before Judge Larry Medlock this morning on charges of obstruction of justice and failure to report a dead body. If convicted on those charges he could face a charge of being found guilty of being a habitual offender. The state cited three past charges: Theft in August 2017 in Marion County, Theft in March 2012 in Hamilton County, and Escape in December 2015 in Jackson County. Carson was arrested after the disappearance of 22-year-old Jacob Dodson. Dodson was reported missing on Friday morning by his mother and last seen on Oct. 20th in Washington County. Officers located Dodsons body in a duffel style bag stuffed under an abandoned mobile home. An autopsy showed no signs of trauma to Jacob's body. Officials are currently waiting for the results of toxicology reports.
Wednesday October 31st 2018
An Orleans woman was taken to a hospital after a crash on State Road 37 Tuesday afternoon. At 5:30 p.m. 53 year old Melissa Carnes-Lowe of Orleans was traveling south on State Road 37, south of Old U.S. 50, in a white 2006 Chevrolet Trail Blazer. 33 year old Sarah Horton of Mitchell was traveling behind Carnes-Lowe at the same time in her 2010 Chevrolet Traverse. Horton said she wasn't paying attention and hit Carnes-Lowe's vehicle when she slowed down. After Horton hit Carnes-Lowe's SUV, the SUV hit a 2007 Dodge Ram driven by 40 year old Paul Owens of Mitchell that was in front of Carnes-Lowe. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff's Department crash report Carnes-Lowe complained of back pain.
Tuesday October 30th 2018
A Huntingburg Police officer was attacked by a man wearing brass knuckles as the officer tried to take a man into custody Monday morning. Officer Tim Roos with the Huntingburg Police Department conducted a traffic stop Monday morning near the intersection of 19th Street and Medical Arts Drive. During the stop, Roos recognized 22 year old Austin Zehr who was a passenger in the vehicle and had active warrants out of Dubois County. Roos ordered Zehr out of the vehicle and attempted to arrest him. Zehr exited the vehicle and allegedly attacked Roos, striking him several times with brass knuckles. As Zehr continued to resist, Roos was able to take Zehr to the ground and gain control of him until additional officers arrived. Roos sustained multiple minor injuries during the incident and was transported to Memorial Hospital by ambulance where he was evaluated and released. During the incident, Dubois County Dispatch received 911 calls reporting an officer getting attacked which allowed additional officers to be dispatched for assistance. Zehr was booked into the Dubois County Security Jail on felony counts of aggravated battery, battery on a public safety official, intimidation with a deadly weapon, resisting law enforcement, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a syringe and a misdemeanor count of theft. Zehr's warrants included a misdemeanor charge for theft and a felony charge for failure to return to lawful detention. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Memorial EMS assisted with the incident.
Monday, October 29th, 2018
A Bedford man suffered fatal injuries after he crashed his vehicle in a ditch on Old State Road 37 near Washboard Road Friday morning. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff's Department police report, at around 8AM, 57-year-old Bradley Stewart of Bedford was driving a 1999 Chrysler Sebring and it veered off the road and hit a ditch. The vehicle then went airborne after hitting the ditch. Stewart suffered severe bruising and bleeding to the right side of his face and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.
Loogootee Police arrested two Shoals residents Friday on drug charges.Police arrested 35-year-old Amy Moffitt on charges of maintaining a common nuisance, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance and 39-year-old Chadwick Funk on charges of visiting a common nuisance, dealing in meth, possession of meth and possession of marijuana. Both are being held in the Martin County Jail.
A Bedford woman was injured after another driver either fell asleep or blacked out while driving Saturday morning. According to a Bedford Police report, 22-year-old Jesse Prince of Bedford was traveling west on 29th Street around 7:20 a.m. when he either blacked out or fell asleep while driving. Prince told police when he woke he saw headlights before crashing his 2010 Chevrolet Colorado into a 2015 Ford Edge driven by 75-year-old Julia Curren, head-on. Curren complained of shoulder and upper arm pain and was transported by ambulance to IU Health Bedford Hospital for treatment. Prince was treated at the scene and refused to be transported to the hospital.
Friday, October 26th, 2018
Lincoln Pickett has been sentenced to 84 years to the Department of Corrections by Superior Court I Judge Williams Sleva. A Lawrence County Superior Court II jury found Lincoln Pickett guilty of killing 29-year-old Kami Ratcliff on Jan. 21, 2016 in the back seat of his red Blazer after an argument. He then waited a week before burning her body in a pit at his home aon US 50 West. He was also found guilty of obstruction of justice, abuse of a corpse false informing and failure to report a dead body and possession of a firearm by a violent felon. The sentences will be served consecutively for a total of 84 years. Public Defender Joseph Lozano file an appeal.
On October 10, 2018, Indiana Conservation Officers received a report of trespass in northern Harrison County, after a landowner’s trail camera captured a late-night photo of a man suspected of stealing ginseng plants from the property. The landowner also discovered that a separate trail camera had been stolen from a tree. Upon viewing the trail camera photo, Indiana Conservation Officers immediately identified the man as 44 year old Charles Cole Jr. of New Salisbury, from recent dealings with him involving a separate trespass/ginseng theft case. After speaking with Cole, they discovered stolen ginseng and a stolen memory card from another trail camera at his residence. During the course of their investigation, Indiana Conservation Officers recovered stolen ginseng in addition to 9 stolen trail cameras and memory cards. As a result, they sought an arrest warrant through the Harrison County Prosecutor’s Office on Oct 19 th. Cole Junior was then arrested today, after he contacted officers expressing his desire to turn himself in.
Sears Hometown in Bedford will not close according to a story in the Times Mail Bedford Paper. According to owner Gary Smart, Sears Holdings Corp., is a separate entity from Sears Hometown, which filed for bankruptcy protection in White Plains, New York, Oct. 15 with a plan to close about 142 of its 700 stores by year-end and sell up to 400 of its best-performing stores in an auction in January to a buyer that will keep them operational. Although they share a business relationship, Sears Holdings, and Sears Hometown split in 2012, which is around the same time when Smart bought the local store. Smart says he will keep a close eye on the bankruptcy developments. Sears Hometown expects to provide inventory continuity through Sears Holdings, but also has supply agreements in place with most of its key suppliers and have been sourcing product directly to avoid any disruption in inventory.Also, Sears Hometown has confirmed with Sears Holdings that local stores can continue to accept the Sears credit card and redeem and sell Sears gift cards. In addition, Sears Hometown has confirmed all product warranties and protection agreement coverages remain in effect.
Thursday, October 25th, 2018
A Lawrence County man has been sentenced to prison for Dealing methamphetamine. 28 year old Ethan Payton, of Mitchell, plead guilty to dealing methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony, and dealing a Schedule III controlled substance, a Level 5 felony, during his sentencing Tuesday in Lawrence Superior Court II. Judge William Sleva issued Payton a six-year sentence, with one of those years to be served on probation. According to Lawrence Superior Court II documents, Payton was accused of selling meth and buprenorphine twice in August and September of 2017. In one of the buys, police accused Payton of selling 1.96 grams of meth to a confidential informant, according to court documents.
An 89-year-old Bloomington man died after he crashed his pickup into a Dodge Grand minivan parked along State Road 37 at Rockport Road overpass Monday afternoon. According to an Indiana State Police report, Lowell Bourke of 818 Lemon Lane was taken by ambulance to IU Health Bloomington Hospital and pronounced dead at the hospital.
The Jasper Police Department is asking for the public’s help in the investigation of a battering that occurred when a man attempted to snatch a purse from a woman Wednesday evening. According to Jasper police, a young male wearing a hooded sweatshirt attempted to take a purse from the female victim in the 400 block of West Ninth Street at about 8:45 p.m. The victim was battered during the incident and the suspect fled on foot without the purse. Anyone with information on the assault or video surveillance footage from the area is asked to call Jasper police at 812-482-2255 or the department’s anonymous tip line: 812-481-2677 (COPS).
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