Monday, February 18th, 2019
A Jackson County man who attempted to flee from police by driving into floodwaters and swimming from his vehicle is now behind bars. Officers arrested 26-year-old Samuel Cornett of Vallonia at 12:29 a.m. Saturday, on charges of resisting arrest with a vehicle causing a substantial risk to another, resisting law enforcement and reckless driving. According to a news release, the incident began around 11 p.m. Friday when a Brownstown Police officer reported he was attempting to stop a 2013 Kia for an equipment violation in the 900 block of Bloomington Road. The driver, later identified as Cornett, accelerated with Cornett turning west on U.S. 50. The chase continued west to County Road 500 West, where Cornett turned south. He then briefly stopped, and two female passengers jumped from the vehicle. Cornett continued to drive south on County Road 500 West before entering floodwaters on County Road 125 South. The vehicle stalled in the floodwaters and he left the vehicle and attempted to swim away before being arrested by Hawn. Cornett was evaluated by personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services before being taken to jail.
At approximately 1:50 a.m. this morning, Trooper Nathan Newton was patrolling in the area of State Road 64 and Spring Meadows Road in New Salisbury, when he observed a red 2006 Nissan Sentra disregard a stop sign and drive left of center. Trooper Newton stopped the vehicle for the violations and soon determined that further investigation would be needed, requesting the assistance of Harrison County Sheriff's Deputies as well as a Georgetown K9 Officer.K9 Felony alerted on the vehicle and a subsequent search uncovered just under a quarter pound of suspected methamphetamine, officers also found heroin, pills, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The driver and passenger were both arrested on the following charges, and remanded into the custody of the Harrison County Jail.Police arrested 40-year-old Christopher P. Welch, of Clarksville, and 39-year-old Jessica M. Staser, of New Albany, on felony charges of dealing meth, possession of meth, possession of a narcotic drug, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Staser is also facing a felony charge of possession of a legend drug.
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Friday, February 15th, 2019
A Lawrence County man was arrested for dealing marijuana after he brought a stray dog to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department Tuesday. According to the Lawrence County sheriffs department, d eputies arrested 40-year-old Alan Level, of Bedford on charges of dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance after finding more than 30 grams of the drug in his vehicle. According to a Lawrence County Superior Court II probable cause affidavit, at 1:48 p.m. Tuesday, Level went at the sheriff's department with a stray dog he found. Detective Tyler Trueblood said he smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from Level. A few minutes later, Trueblood and another officer went to Level's pickup truck to look at the dog. When Level got the dog out of the pickup, police could smell the odor of marijuana. Trueblood asked Level if he had smoked marijuana or was carrying the drug. Level than pulled out a cigarette package saying he had a marijuana roach. When police asked Level if there were any drugs in his vehicle, he replied there was a little more in the truck. Officers found 30 grams of marijuana, a book about growing the plant, a scale, and other drug paraphernalia. Level was arrested and posted a $755 cash bond and was released a short time later.
Bedford Police arrested Seven youths were on marijuana charges Wednesday afternoon at an apartment on I Street. According to police reports, at 4:53 p.m., officers went to the 1700 block of I Street after someone reported a fight in an apartment. Police say one of the girls opened the door when police arrived and police could smell burnt marijuana. A parent was contacted and they gave police consent to search the apartment. Other paraphernalia was found as well. The children, ages 12 to 16, all received charges of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. However, a 15-year-old boy also was accused by police of resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct. The boy and a 14-year-old girl also were issued a citation for tobacco possession.
Members of the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, Cyber Crimes Unit, and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant this morning at the residence at 1612 East Harrison Street in Martinsville. The execution of the search warrant resulted in the arrest of 40 year old Shandy C. Freeman, on four Leve 6 felony charges of possession of child pornography, a Level 6 felony count of possession of meth, one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana. He is currently being held in the Morgan County Jail without bond. ICAC Task Force Members included lead investigator ISP Detective Kevin Getz, Martinsville Police Department Deputy Chief Lachelle Maurer, and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Detective Kurt Spivey. Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to call the Indiana State Police at (812) 332-4411. Your tips can remain anonymous and could save a life.
Thursday, February 14th, 2019
Two were rescued in Washington County after driving into flood waters. According to Washington County deputies, they received a 911 call at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning about two individuals who drove into high water on Spurgeon School Road, east of Mt. Eden Road Tuesday evening. The incident occurred when 35-year-old Sara Smith and 34-year-old Holly Chastain, both of Salem, drove down Spurgeon School Road, east of Mt. Eden, to check on the high water in the area. Their vehicle became stuck in the high water and Smith and Chastain were trapped. They were without a cell phone and decided to stay in the vehicle overnight. The driver, Smith was able to make it to a nearby resident and make the 911 call on Wednesday morning. Rescue crews found the Chastain about a quarter mile away from the vehicle in waist-deep water in a field. Firefighters with Monroe Township and Driftwood Township Fire Departments were able to rescue Chastain from the field and she was treated on scene by Washington County EMS and then transported to U of L by Kentucky 11 air ambulance for severe hypothermia. Smith was treated on the scene by Washington County EMS and refused further treatment. Agencies assisting at the scene were Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies, Indiana Conservation Officer Neal Brewington, Monroe Township Fire Department., Jefferson Township Fire Department., Driftwood Township Fire Department and Washington County EMS.
On Monday, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of and sentencing of John Robert Carpenter, handed down in 2017 by the Orange Circuit Court. Carpenter was convicted of murder, voluntary manslaughter and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury in connection with the June 23rd, 2014 shooting just north of Paoli that left two men dead and a third man wounded. A jury in Orange Circuit Court found Carpenter guilty of the murder of Corey Harris, the lesser included offense of Voluntary manslaughter in the death of Nicky Fields and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury for the shooting of Daniel Smitson. The jury also found him to be a habitual offender. Special judge R. Michael Cloud imposed the maximum sentence of 195 years.
Wednesday February 13th 2019
A French Lick man was arrested Monday after police say he crashed a car and then took off on foot. According to the report from the West Baden Springs Police Department officers were dispatched to the area of Wells Avenue in French Lick to search for a driver who had crashed on New York Street and fled the scene. Police reported seeing someone matching the man’s description on Plum Street. Officers questioned the man, who they identified as 30 year old Robert Torres of French Lick. Torres reportedly denied being involved. Police said a witness that was at the scene told them the driver was Torres. Officers learned that the vehicle belonged did not belong to Torres but he had permission to drive it. During the investigation, police asked Torres if he had anything illegal on him and that he admitted to having a bag of marijuana. Torres was arrested by the West Baden Springs Police on outstanding warrants from Orange and Martin counties and is also facing a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.
On February 12, two subjects from Columbus, Indiana were arrested Tuesday on multiple drug-related charges following a traffic stop on I-65 in southern Jackson County. The stop occurred when Senior Trooper Mark LaMaster from the Sellersburg post All Crimes Policing Squad observed a white Ford Pick-up truck northbound near the 41 mile-marker with possible false or fictitious plates and also for following too closely. After stopping the truck, Trooper LaMaster continued his investigation and requested the assistance of Master Trooper Nathan Abbott and his assigned K9, Teague. Teague alerted on the vehicle, and a subsequent search revealed approximately one and one-quarter pounds of suspected methamphetamine hidden underneath the truck. Troopers also confiscated a small amount of marijuana, a syringe and over $4,500.00 in cash. Both occupants of the vehicle 53 year old Gregory Nasby and 46 year old Theresa Marie Burns were both arrested on several drug related charges and transported to the Jackson County Jail.
At approximately 1:10 this/Wednesday morning, Trooper Tyler Widner was patrolling in the area of Florida and 5 th Street in Evansville when he stopped the driver of a 1999 Toyota Sienna for an expired registration. The driver was identified as 56 year old Christopher May of Evansville. A female passenger in the vehicle was identified as 51 year old Dawn Wininger Evansville. Suspicious activity led to a search of the vehicle. Trooper Widner discovered a loaded .22 caliber handgun between the center console and front passenger seat. Further investigation revealed the handgun had been reported stolen and May did not have a license to possess the handgun. A search of a black suitcase located in the back seat area revealed numerous plastic bags and a digital scale that had a substantial amount of white powdery substance on it, which later tested positive for methamphetamine. A bag belonging to Wininger contained two small baggies containing approximately 2.5 grams of meth, two baggies containing approximately 1 gram of synthetic marijuana and one plastic baggie containing a marijuana joint. May and Wininger were arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail where they are currently being held without bond. May was charged ith felony counts of possession of meth, Theft and Possession of a stolen handgun and misdemeanor counts of Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of a Handgun without a License, Wininger was charged with a felony count of Possesion of Meth and misdemeanor counts of Possession of Synthetic Drug and Possession of Marijuana.
Indiana State Police initiated a criminal investigation on Saturday January 9 after receiving information that a girl under the age of 13 had allegedly been molested. Indiana State Police Detective Tobias Odom revealed that 54 year old Gregory Walker of Evansville allegedly molested the girl during the summer of 2016. After reviewing the investigation the Warrick County Prosecutor’s Office issued a warrant for Walker’s arrest. At approximately 9:30 this/Wednesday morning, Detective Odom arrested Walker at his place of employment without incident. He was taken to the Warrick County Jail where he is currently being held on bond. He is being charged with a felony count Child Molesting.
Tuesday February 12th 2019
On Sunday, February 10, at 5:10 a.m., Martin County Sheriff's Office Corporal Tyler Reed was on patrol in Shoals when he observed a vehicle commit two moving violations. Corporal Reed initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and Deputy Larry Gibson arrived to assist. Corporal Reed made contact with the driver 30 year old Joshua Schmitt of Commiskey Indiana and found him to have a suspended driver's license, with a prior conviction. A passenger 41 year old George Douglas also of Comminskey was also present. Corporal Reed asked Schmitt for consent to search the vehicle, which Mr. Schmitt granted. The search of the vehicle resulted in Corporal Reed locating methamphetamine, marijuana, and paraphernalia. Schmitt and Douglas were both arrested and transported to the Martin County Jail without incident. During a search at the jail, staff and Deputy Gibson located additional methamphetamine and paraphernalia on Mr. Douglas's person including a bag containing over 2 grams of methamphetamine.
Three people complained of pain following a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon in Bedford. The report states 24 year old Jalen Nierman of Brownstown was traveling east on 16th Street in his 2007 Chevrolet Silverado at 4:34 p.m. when 35 year old Joshua Woods of Bedford pulled out of a gas station at 401 16th St. in a 2004 Jeep Liberty and into Nierman’s path. Woods said he did not see Nierman’s vehicle and thought it was safe. Nierman said he was unable to avoid the collision. 26 year old Mariah Mills of Mitchell was a passenger in Woods’ truck. Nieman complained of back pain and was transported to the hospital. Woods complained of upper leg pain and Mills complained of head pain and both were treated for their injuries on the scene of the accident. Woods was issued a misdemeanor citation to appear in court for driving while his license is suspended with a prior conviction.
A semi that left the highway south of Huntingburg Monday evening took out a sign and communication lines and left ruts in its wake. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.55 year old Jeffery Sisk of Huntingburg, was southbound on U.S. 231 in a 2017 International semi tractor-trailer owned by Meyer Logistics in Jasper at 7:05 p.m. at County Road 900S. Sisk said he reached for a pack of gum, which caused the rig to go off the west side of the roadway at County Road 900S. According to the sheriff’s department the truck struck an Indiana Department of Transportation sign and a City of Huntingburg pole, taking down Frontier Communication lines and causing property damage in the 3100 block of County Road 900s. There were no injuries and the damage was estimated between $2,500 and $5,000. A Stork Service Center wrecker towed the semi and the St. Henry Volunteer Fire Department assisted.
Monday, February 11th, 2019
Thursday evening at approximately 10:00 pm, Indiana State Police responded to I-65 Northbound near the 43 mile marker to investigate a fatal crash involving a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle. According to the State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team, a red 2005 Chevrolet Silverado being driven by 55 year old David Buchanan, of Stanwood, Michigan was traveling northbound on I-65. For an unknown reason, Buchanan’s vehicle left the roadway and entered the median where it became stuck. Buchanan left the vehicle and walked northbound on I-65. Buchanan entered into the northbound lanes of I-65 where he was then struck by a white 2018 Jeep being driven by 23 Franklin Reed, of Nashville, Tennessee. As a result of the collision, Buchanan sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jackson County Coroner’s Office. Reed was not injured in the collision. The northbound lanes of I-65 were closed for approximately four hours for crash investigation and cleanup. Jackson County Animal Control responded to the scene and took possession of a dog that was left in Buchanan’s vehicle. Toxicology results are pending on both Buchanan and Reed at this time and the investigation is ongoing.
A Tell City man is in jail after Tell City Police arrested him for drug charges. Arrested was 68-year-old Danny Bolin of Tell City after investigators found 26-grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, and paraphernalia inside his home. The Tell City Police executed the search warrant at Bolin’s residence in the 1800 block of Main Street. Bolin was booked into the Perry County Jail on a $49,000 cash bond.
Indiana drivers with suspended drivers licenses due to unpaid fines could see a reduction in penalties. A house committee has endorsed a bill that would create an amnesty period during which penalties could be reduced by 50-80% depending on income. About 400,000 Hoosiers have had their drivers licenses suspended over unpaid fines and reinstatement fees. Drivers now face fees between $250-$1,000 for license reinstatement.
Friday, February 8th, 2019
A Washington bar owner was arrested on charges of conducting illegal gambling and bookmaking at his business. After a more than four-year-long investigation, officers from the Indiana Gaming Commission, Indiana Excise Police and State Police conducted a raid Wednesday at the Tuxedo Bar at 298 Southeast Fourth Street in Washington. Authorities arrested 59-year-old Roger Padgett of Washington on a warrant charging him with four counts of professional gambling.Padgett has posted a $5,000 bond and is now free.In a 16-page report, police outline the details of the investigation, which began in March 2014 that includes specific bets and wagers, surveillance, trash pulls and undercover officers.
A fire destroyed a mobile home early this/Friday morning at 160 Old Needmore School Road. According to Police reports, Firefighters from Marshall Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to the blaze at 12:25 a.m. When firefighters arrived at the scene smoke was billowing from the center of the home and Firefighters acted quickly and were able to knock down the blaze, but the fire caused extensive damage to the mobile home. One female resident suffered burns and was treated at the scene. Tim Albertson and Roni Reynolds were renting the home from Jerry Shedd and he did not have insurance on the home. Assisting at the scene were firefighters with Oolitic, Perry and Pleasant Run Volunteer Fire Departments, Pleasant Run Fire Department Auxiliary, and an IU Health Ambulance crew.
Thursday, February 7th, 2019
A Lawrence County woman was injured after crashing her car Wednesday morning on Old State Road 37 near Bennett Road According to Lawrence County police, at around 5:49 a.m. 33-year-old Jerrel Bennett of Bedford was traveling north, north-east on Old State Road 37 in a 2016 Ford Fusion, north of Bennett Road when her car hydroplaned on the wet roadway and ran off the east side. Bennett told police she attempted to correct the car by steering it back onto the road but was unsuccessful and the car collided with a tree and other vegetation before spinning around stopping facing west. Bennett suffered minor bleeding to her right hand and was treated at the scene. The vehicle suffered front-end damage and was towed by Mikels Wrecking Service.An IU Health Hospital ambulance and Marshall Township Volunteer Fire Department first responders assisted at the scene.
A Bloomington man was arrested after he broke into the home of singer-songwriter John Mellencamp's home. Monroe County Sheriff's deputies went to the home after a security alarm sounded around 6 a.m. This morning. When they arrived they found someone had rammed the security gate open and found a red Jeep Cherokee near the home. Deputies located 48-year-old Robert Carter in a building on the property. Police say Carter told them he was there to "arrest Mellencamp for supporting a government" which Carter doesn't support. He admitted he kicked in the door of the home.The home was empty at the time. Carter was arrested on charges of burglary, residential entry, and criminal trespass. He was arrested and released from the Monroe County Jail on Feb. 6 after a misdemeanor arrest for possessing a handgun without a license.Police say they had been keeping an eye on him due to things he posted on social media.
Greene County Sheriff deputies are searching for a missing teen. Police say 17-year-old Chaise Smith was last seen around 4 p.m. on Feb. 1 in the 1400 block of South State Street in Indianapolis. Smith was living in an Indianapolis juvenile facility, which he fled. Smith is described as 185 pounds approximately 5-feet 9-inches tall with brown hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact their local sheriff's department, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department or Greene County Sheriff's Department. A family member told the Greene County Daily World, Smith was reportedly seen in Elizabethtown, Ky. on Monday.
Wednesday Febuary 5th 2019
French Lick Resort and West Baden Springs Hotel are among the nine hotels within AAA Hoosier Motor Club’s 50-county territory to have earned the prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating for 2019. Only 6.3 percent of more than 27,000 AAA-inspected and approved hotels achieve the Four Diamond rating. Both of French Lick and West Baden hotel properties have received this elite hotel rating for the 12th consecutive year.
Two are in custody and a man is being treated for non-life threatening injuries after a shooting in Dive Christian Church’s parking lot Tuesday morning. According to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department dispatch log At 6:38 a.m., Bedford Police Department notified Lawrence County police that a 18 year old Dakota Ferree of Bedford was in the emergency room and had been shot in the parking lot of Dive church. Police have not released any details on how the shooting occurred. 18 year old Jagger Casper of Spencer is being charged with aggravated battery with a firearm while 20 year old man Cadarrius Hoskins of Bloomington is facing a charge of assisting a criminal. Both men were booked into the Lawrence County jail. Casper has a bond of $5,005 cash and Hoskins has no bond set because of an additional Monroe County warrant. Ferree was taken to Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital after the incident.
Seymour Police arrested a Jennings County man Monday after he allegedly stabbed a Seymour woman during a domestic fight. According to Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott 19 year old Dalton Renoll drove to the home of his 18 year old former girlfriend on South Lynn Street and the two got into an argument. That argument escalated and Renoll pulled out a pocket knife and cut the woman on her upper left arm. The woman got in her vehicle and drove to work calling the police at 4:49 a.m from her work. She then went to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for treatment. Renoll returned to North Vernon, but Jennings County Sheriff deputies stopped him at the Jackson/Jenning County line with the help of Seymour officers. He was returned to the Seymour Police Department and arrested. Renoll is facing felony charges of domestic battery with a weapon and criminal recklessness. He is currently being held without bond in the Jackson County Jail until his initial hearing.
Tuesday Febuary 5th 2019
A woman arrested a week ago in a Jasper hotel has 32 felonies added to her original list of charges with possibly more charges on the way. A tip about possible drug activity at the Super 8 hotel at 75 Indiana St. led to the arrest of 34 year old Tawna Knebel of Huntingburg on January. 28th. Officers with the Jasper Police Department and Dubois County Sheriff’s Department checked out the initial tip and alleged Knebel provided them with a small baggie containing a small amount of suspected methamphetamine that had been on her person. Law enforcement secured a search warrant for the search the rest of the hotel room. During the initial search, police found another person’s IDs and documents with their personal information. Police believe Knebel stole those documents. Also located, was an identification containing the stolen information but with Knebel’s photograph. At the time of her arrest, police alleged Knebel admitted to fraudulently using the identifiers of another person to obtain an ID. During a recorded interview, Knebel allegedly admitted to driving through town and, when she observed a mailbox with a flag up indicating there was mail in the box, she would stop and steal the mail looking for checks. She then allegedly created checks using the banking and routing numbers she had stolen. The investigation has so far led to Knebel being charged with 32 Level 6 felonies including one count of possession of methamphetamine, three counts of identity deception, three counts of synthetic identity deception, 13 counts of counterfeiting and 12 counts of forgery. Knebel has since been held in the Dubois County Jail since her Jan. 28 arrest.
A woman was arrested last week after police stopped her vehicle on a traffic violation. Indiana State police arrested 28 year old Chancla Hobson of Salem on several drug charges Thursday evening. ISP Trooper Kyle Taylor pulled Hobson over for not using a turn signal as she turned onto Tucker Street from Arthur Street. Hobson told the trooper she was running late to her job and needed to be at work by midnight. Salem Deputies and canine Leny arrived to assist. Leny alerted for possible narcotics in the vehicle. Officers seized four baggies of marijuana, a bottle with 30 Xanax pills in it, a set of digital scales and several empty baggies. Hobson was arrested on charges of dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, dealing in a Schedule IV controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.
Monday, February 4th, 2018
Sunday, the Martin County Sheriff's Office received a report of a reckless driver northbound on US Highway 231, South of Loogootee at 11:24pm. Martin County Sheriff's Office Reserve Deputy Gibson responded to the area. Deputy Gibson located the vehicle and, after observing a moving violation, initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. Soon after, Deputy Reed and Sheriff Roush arrived to assist. The driver was identified as Paul Adkins and a passenger identified as Chelsea Dunbar. Deputy Reed asked Adkins if there were any narcotics in the vehicle and he advised that marijuana was present in the vehicle. Deputy Reed utilized his narcotics-certified K9 Virka for a free air sniff of the exterior of the vehicle. K9 Virka gave a positive indication for the odor of narcotics. Officers then searched the vehicle, resulting in the location of two grams of methamphetamine and half a gram of heroin, along with marijuana and additional drug paraphernalia. Adkins and Dunbar were arrested and transported to the Martin County Jail, without incident.
A man who may have details in the death of a woman who was found dead along I-65 in September is being sought by Columbus police. Police say Alejandro Espinoza Ocampo is wanted for questioning in the death of 21-year-old Araceli Jaimes Macedo. Her body was discovered along the shoulder of northbound I-65 near the 64.5-mile marker between Columbus and Walesboro in Bartholomew County on Sept. 17th of last year. It took several days for police to identify her body and the coroner's office said Macedo died from blunt force trauma to the chest and abdomen. Anyone with information about the case or Ocampo's whereabouts is urged to contact the Columbus Police Department at 812-376-2600. Tips and information can be left anonymously.
Energy giant BP says it doesn't have a timeline for repairs to a crude distillation unit that shut down after a fire at its Indiana refinery. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that a Saturday fire caused a malfunction to the unit at BP's Whiting Refinery along Lake Michigan in northwest Indiana. The unit helps transform crude oil into gasoline and other fuels. It operates at a rate of 75,000 barrels per day. BP still is operating two other crude distillation units at the 430,000-barrel-per-day refinery. BP didn't comment on how the temporary shutdown would affect production. The refinery is the largest in the Midwest and supplies gasoline to seven states. It produces 10 million gallons of gasoline, 3.5 million gallons of diesel and 1.7 million gallons of jet fuel a day.
Friday, February 1st, 2019
A Washington man is behind bars facing charges of aggravated battery and involuntary manslaughter after the death of 30-year-old Bambi Cannon. Police arrested 41-year-old Chad Harrington, of Washington at 2:26 p.m. Thursday. He is being held in the Daviess County Security Center on a $500,000 bond. On January 11, Washington Police officers were called to a home in the 1300 block of 1303 East Van Trees Street after a 911 call reporting Cannon was unresponsive. She was transported by ambulance to Daviess Community Hospital and then transferred to the University of Louisville Hospital, where she later died. The exact cause of death is still under investigation.
A Thursday afternoon traffic stop in Gibson County resulted in the arrest of a Huntingburg woman. According to reports, at 2:47 p.m, a Gibson County Sheriff’s Department deputy stopped a 2003 Ford Explorer driven by 29 year old Taylor Young, of Huntingburg,. at Mulberry and Hart streets in Princeton. Police allege a roadside investigation determined Young was driving while intoxicated and was driving on a suspended license with a previous conviction on her record for suspended driving. Young was booked into the Gibson County Jail on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of operating while intoxicated and a preliminary misdemeanor count of driving while suspended (prior). The impaired driving charge was elevated to a felony because of a prior conviction within the last five years.
The Dubois County Sheriffs Department has accused a current inmate at the Dubois County Jail of additional counts after an altercation inside the facility Thursday. The altercation involving 22 year old Austin Zehr, of Huntingburg, and another male inmate became physical at 10:32 p.m., according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department. As a result of the incident, Zehr has been preliminarily charged with Level 5 felony counts of battery and intimidation, a Level 6 felony count of strangulation and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. Zehr has been in the Dubois County Jail since October after he allegedly used brass knuckles during an attack against a Huntingburg Police Department officer who was trying to take him into custody on active warrants out of Dubois County.
Thursday, January 31st, 2019
Indiana State Police conducted a traffic stop on I-65 in Jackson County that led to the arrests of two people. The investigation began at approximately 5:45 p.m. Tuesday when a Trooper stopped a car on I-65 Northbound near the 48 mile marker. During the course of the traffic stop, the Trooper believed the driver of the vehicle was providing false information about his identity. The Trooper eventually identified the driver as 25-year-old David K. Darnell, of Elkhart. Darnell was wanted on an outstanding warrant for Robbery out of Elkhart County. Darnell was arrested on the warrant. He is also facing charges of identity theft, false informing and driving while suspended with a prior conviction. His passenger, 28-year-old Ayla Granning, also of Elkhart, was wanted on a warrant for robbery out of Elkhart County.Darnell and Granning are awaiting extradition to Elkhart County.
A Gibson County Superior Court judge sentenced a Patoka woman to 21-years in prison Wednesday after driving drunk and causing the deaths of two men in a Gibson County crash on September 1, 2018 Ashley Sanders pleaded guilty earlier this month to two felony counts of operating while intoxicated causing death. In addition to the 21-years in prison, Sanders was ordered to serve three years on electronic home monitoring following her release from prison. According to court records, 25-year-old Sanders admitted to driving drunk when she crashed into a vehicle that killed 20-year-old James Gasaway of Haubstadt and 19-year-old Trevor Watt of Princeton. On September 1, Sanders was traveling north on US 41 north of Princeton when she didn't see a vehicle slowing down in front of her to turn left. Sanders hit the vehicle at a high rate of speed resulting in the deaths of the two men. Sanders was also injured.
Jasper police arrested a man Tuesday for allegedly throwing a burning object at a trailer. According to police, Tuesday at 12:11 a.m., the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department was called to Maple Grove Trailer Court for the report of a fire at Lot 62. The fire extinguished itself. Officers determined it had been caused when a burning object had been thrown under the trailer. After an investigation was conducted by the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office and the Jasper Police Department, they determined 24 year old Joseph Mastin, of Portersville, was allegedly responsible for the fire. According to police, as they were attempting to place Mastin into custody for a Level 4 felony count of arson, he resisted arrest, which led to an additional misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. Mastin was booked into the Dubois County Jail.
Wednesday January 30th 2019
A Campbellsburg man was arrested after he threatened to shoot the city's water and sewer superintendent on Friday. According to Campbellsburg Marshall Claude Combs, 29 year old Corey Kommer was arrested on charges of intimidation with a deadly weapon after he had threatened to shoot the Water and Sewer Superintendent Christopher Boulet, Boulet went to Kommer's home on East Brown Street to disconnect the water service after Kommer didn’t to pay his bills. He said he was in the City of Campbellsburg truck and had laid on the ground by the meter pit to turn off the water and lock it when Kommer came out of the home yelling at him. Kommer was cursing and told Boulet to get off his property or he would get his gun and shoot him. He kept screaming he had the money to pay his bill and he would come to the office and drive his car through the front door. Boulet said he didn't reply to Kommer. By the time he got back to the Campbellsburg Town Hall Kommer was there talking to Marshall Combs. Kommer was arrested on charges of intimidation with a deadly weapon.
Late last week, Trooper Robert Whyte was contacted by administrators at a Greene County School in regards to a parent that wanted to report a possible sexual relationship between their 14 year old daughter and a 29 year old man. The Indiana Department of Child Services was contacted and a Susie’s Place interview was immediately scheduled. During the forensic interview the juvenile disclosed that she had recently been upset and depressed and sought council from family friend 29 year old Anthony Epeards, of Bloomington about her feelings. She alleged she would visit with Epeards and the conversations eventually turned to Epeards asking her about sex. She told investigators there were two instances from Christmas 2018 to January 14, 2019 where the two allegedly had sexual intercourse. She then alleged that Epeards told her not to tell anybody about their relationship. Trooper Whyte immediately went to the Greene County Prosecutor's Office and requested multiple arrest warrants for Epeards. Troopers Crozier and Wagner went to an apartment complex in Bloomington where troopers were informed Epeards stayed. Trooper Wagner located Epeards and arrested him without incident. Trooper Whyte escorted Epeards to the Greene County Jail where he was he was incarcerated on two felony counts of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor and one felony count of Child Solicitation.
Tuesday January 29th 2019
A tip about possible drug activity Monday at a Jasper hotel resulted in a woman’s arrest. Officers with the Jasper Police Department and Dubois County Sheriff’s Department began checking out the tip at the Super 8 hotel at 75 Indiana St in the early afternoon. According to Jasper police Jasper K-9 Ares indicated to the odor of narcotics coming from Room 100 during a free-air sniff of the first floor hallway. The room was occupied by 34 year old Tawna Knebel of Huntingburg. Knebel provided them with a small baggie containing a small amount of suspected methamphetamine that had been on her person after speaking with officers. Police then secured a search warrant allowing them to search the rest of the hotel room. During the search, another person’s IDs and documents with their personal information were found. Police believe Knebel stole those documents. Also located was an identification containing the stolen information but with Knebel’s photograph. Police allege Knebel admitted to fraudulently using the identifiers of another person to obtain an ID. The investigation is ongoing and other charges are possible. Knebel was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 8:04 p.m. on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of possession of methamphetamine and a preliminary misdemeanor count of identity deception.
A Bedford woman suffered a minor injury in a crash on 16th Street Thursday night. According to a Bedford Police Department crash report At 8:49 p.m., 58 year old Michael Dalton of Bedford was traveling east on 16th Street, near Windwood Drive, in a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The truck was struck on the passenger side by a 1999 Ford Taurus driven by 55 year old Debra Flynn also of Bedford. Flynn told police she was leaving a gas station when her brakes failed, causing her car to enter onto 16th Street. She also said she tried to honk at oncoming vehicles but could not avoid striking Michael Dalton’s truck. Passenger in Michael Dalton’s truck 54 year old Lisa Dalton complained of chest pain. She signed a release form and was not taken to a hospital. An estimation of the crash showed around $5,000 to $10,000 in damage.
Five residents from Washington were arrested as part of a Washington City Police and Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force investigation. Nine search warrants were executed at 6:30 a.m. on Monday all related to the distribution of marijuana. Four of the warrants were served in Washington, where police confiscated four pounds of pot, a handgun, 190 pills of a Schedule 4 controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and more than $7,000 in cash. Police arrested 23 year old Ethan Emmons, 23 year old Elizabeth Myers, and 24 year old Jonathan Garcia on charges of dealing marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance were. Emmons and Myers were also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested were 23 year old Heather Garcia and 22 year old Tyeesha Jones on charges of possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance. The Daviess County Sheriff's Department, Petersburg Police, the Pike County Sheriff's Department, Police in Evansville Terre Haute and Bloomington and the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police.
Monday, January 28th, 2019
Police arrested 33-year-old Amanda Elswick on Saturday after police say she sent threatening videos and messages to a female who had been battered by Elswick's daughter and another male juvenile in September 2018.The female and male juvenile were also in the videos making the threats. Jackson County Police say videos and messages said if the female continued to move forward with the allegations she would be beaten again and showed what tools they would use to batter her. After reviewing the messages and videos, Elswick and the two juveniles were located and arrestedElswick was arrested on a Level 6 felony charge of intimidating a witness, two Level 6 felony charges of neglect of a dependent and harassment, a Class B misdemeanor. She is being held without bond in the Jackson County Jail.The female and male juveniles both were arrested on Level 6 felony charges of intimidation, while the female also was arrested for being a runaway out of Tennessee.The juveniles are being held in a juvenile detention center.
Friday, January 25th, 2019
On Thursday, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a concerned citizen advising of an active “puppy mill” in Rutherford Township of Martin County. At approximately 4:30pm, Animal Control Officer Hughett, Deputy Wright and Reserve Deputy Gibson went to the address to investigate the complaint. Immediately after arriving, officers heard dogs barking from various structures on the property and observed several dogs looking outside the windows of the home located on the property. Animal Control Officer Hughett then approached the residence and observed several dogs running around inside and a deceased dog lying on the floor.After further investigation, the Officer contacted the Martin County Prosecutor, and requested a search warrant for the home and other property structures. The search warrant was then. That evening, additional deputies from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office arrived to assist with the execution of a search warrant on 2779 Rutherford Road in Loogootee. Inside the home, officers discovered several dozen dogs, many of which were locked in dirty cages with no food or water, and some of which had already died. In addition to the many dogs located on the property, officers also found other animals, such as horses, mules and donkeys, that were neglected. Approximately thirty (30) dogs were rescued during the execution of the search warrant, while several dozen animals remained on the property. Animal Control Officers arrested 73 year old Julia Arney of Loogootee. The investigation is ongoing as members of the Sheriff’s Office and Humane Society continue rescuing additional abused and neglected animals.
Thursday, January 24th, 2019
The Martin County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information on a Wednesday morning house fire at 8178 Windom Road to call the Indiana State Fire Marshall's Office. The number is 800-382-4628. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved in the fire.
Monroe County Sheriff detectives are investigating a possible homicide. Monroe County Deputies responded to the 3400 block of Knightridge Road in the Bloomington area at 1 a.m. after a report of a shooting. Monroe County Coroner Joani Shields says 43-year-old James Troxal of Bloomington was pronounced dead of the scene. He had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. An autopsy was scheduled for this afternoon. No one has been arrested, but Bloomington Sheriff Brad Swain says the public is not in danger and that this was not a random act of violence. More information will be released after the autopsy.
General Mills is recalling some five-pound bags of its Gold Medal unbleached flour over fears of salmonella contamination. The recall is for Gold Medal unbleached flour with a better-if-used-by date of April 20, 2020. The company said those who have the affected product should dispose of it.
Wednesday January 22nt 2019
A Paoli man was arrested Tuesday morning after Bedford police discovered a digital scale and methamphetamine during a traffic stop. At 12:04 a.m., on Tuesday a Bedford Police officer pulled over a black Chevrolet Impala at Mitchell Road and 32nd Street. The vehicle, according police, was weaving between lanes and making sudden stops. The officer followed the car from the area near 15th and M streets to Mitchell Road, where the traffic stop took place. 22-year-old Jacob Cook of Paoli was driving the vehicle with several other people inside. Police asked Cook for consent to search the vehicle in which police said Cook gave them permission. A digital scale was found near the driver’s seat and had a powder on it that tested positive for meth. Police report that Cook admitted it was his. Police also allege Cook was concealing meth underneath his left pant leg which also field tested positive for crystal meth. Cook was taken to the Lawrence County jail and the other passengers were released. Cook is facing a preliminary charge of dealing meth with bond set at $20,005 cash.
Monday January 21st 2019
A Lawrence County highway vehicle was damaged Sunday morning in a two-vehicle accident. According to a Lawrence County Police report 20 year old Isaac Walls of Springville was plowing roads in a county-owned 2004 Sterling L70 and was traveling east on Thralls Road approaching the intersection of State Road 60 East. He informed police that he stopped at the stop sign before pulling onto State Road 60 to cross over and continue plowing on Thralls Road. Walls said he did not see the 1995 Ford Ranger driven by 46 year old Trevor Pittman of Mitchell traveling northwest on State Road 60 East. Pittman told police he couldn't avoid the collision. The truck was pushed against an embankment before stopping off the roadway facing east. No one was hurt in the collision. The county highway truck was able to be driven but the pickup truck had to be towed from the scene.
A traffic stop early Saturday resulted in an arrest in Jasper. A Jasper Police officer stopped a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by 39 year old Joshua Emmons of Jasper at 1:54 a.m. after he allegedly failed to signal a turn at Second Street and South Newton Street. During the stop the officer began an impaired driving investigation after the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected. A blood draw at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center placed Emmons’ blood alcohol content at .16 percent. Emmons was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 4:37 a.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated with a BAC in excess of .15 percent. Emmons posted bond on Saturday afternoon.
Police arrested a man Saturday after they were called to a report of a property dispute . The Jasper Police Department was called at 11:07 a.m. to an apartment in the 600 block of Village Court where they made contact with 25 year old Alekzander Hodson. Officer’s allegedly sought and obtained consent to search after noticing a blue glass smoking device in plain view. Police found additional drug paraphernalia and found Hodson to be in possession of a hypodermic syringe. Hodson was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 1:35 p.m. on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of unlawful possession of a syringe. Police indicated a female at the residence would be cited into court on a misdemeanor count of possession of paraphernalia related to the other items that were located.
Saturday at approximately 10:24 pm, the Washington County Dispatch Center received a 911 call to 7196 N. White River Road in Campbellsburg in reference to an off-road vehicle accident with injuries. Indiana Conservation Officer Neal Brewington responded to the call with Washington County Deputies Brad Naugle and Tory Hildreth. The investigation determined that the ATV had left the roadway, travelled into a utility pole and came to a rest, in a field. Two male subjects, the driver, 29 year old Bradley Norris, of Campbellsburg and passenger, 40 year old Jerrad Nicholson, also of Campbellsburg, were both transported to St. Vincent Hospital in Salem by the Washington County Ambulance Service. Both men received treatment for non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash. Also assisting at the scene were members of the Brown-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department.
Friday, January 18th, 2019
An Orange County man in possession of a stolen truck was placed under arrest Thursday. According to the The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, they were called at 6:19 a.m. to conduct a welfare check on a man reported to possibly be passed out in a Dodge flatbed truck parked at a Birdseye business location. 26 year old Kyle Haley, of French Lick, was awake when officers arrived but it was determined his license was suspended. According to police he could not present a vehicle registration and the freshly painted black Dodge truck had a license plate registered to a GM vehicle. The sheriff’s department gave Haley a courtesy ride to a friend’s house in the Birdseye area. The truck was then towed because of false and ficticious plates and his suspended license. Police later found an original VIN to the truck and showed the vehicle was a maroon 1996 Dodge reported stolen Jan. 4. When questioned, Haley allegedly stated he knew the vehicle was stolen. Authorities then booked Haley into the Dubois County Security Jail at 12:32 p.m. on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of theft.
Thursday, January 17th, 2019
The Jackson County Commissioners have hired a Florida-based law firm to represent the county in a lawsuit over whether a Nativity scene can be placed on the courthouse lawn. The commissioners hired representation after an attorney for the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation said in a letter to Jackson County's commissioners that a "concerned local citizen" contacted the group about the lighted display outside the courthouse in Brownstown. That concerned citizen, Rebecca Woodring, filed a federal lawsuit on Dec. 28, saying the Nativity scene endorses religion and asking the county not to display the Nativity scene during holidays in the coming years. Woodring is represented by Indianapolis attorney Kenneth Falk of the ACLU of Indiana. Liberty Counsel agreed to provide legal services to the county for free, according to the contract approved by commissioners. It also stipulates that if the county wins the lawsuit and fees are collected, the total would go to the organization.
New information has been released in the stabbing death of 23-year-old Chloie Lubbehusen of English. 27-year-old Kyle Schneider is charged in connection with her murder. He appeared in court Monday afternoon and during that hearing, Schneider was informed that the Dubois County Prosecutor's Office has filed a notice of intent to seek habitual offender status against him. Schneider was convicted and sentenced on May 30, 2012, of felony burglary in Dubois County and, on July 18, 2017, he committed felony domestic battery in Dubois County, a crime for which he was sentenced June 4 of last year. The court then entered a preliminary plea of not guilty on Schneider's behalf but ordered that he continue to be held without bond at the Dubois County Jail. His next court appearance was set for March 18.The incident happened at a home on East County Road 650 in St. Anthony on Friday, January 11 and a ccording to the Dubois County Coroner Bob Veatch, preliminary autopsy results indicate Lubbehusen bled to death from her injuries.
Wednesday January 16th 2019
Ferdinand Police arrested a driver involved in a crash after tests indicated his blood alcohol content was very high. 52 year old Gary Riddle of Santa Claus was southbound on State Road 162 in a 2019 Toyota Tacoma at 6:17 p.m. He was waiting to turn left into the Wendy’s restaurant when his truck was rear ended. A 1991 Ford Ranger driven by 46 year old Jeremy Hammers of Ferdinand had hit Riddle’s truck from behind. After the crash Riddle exited his vehicle to check on the others called 911. A passenger in Hammers’ truck identified as 67 year old Keith Hammers of Ferdinand wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and had hit his head on the windshield. Police determined during the investigation that both men had been drinking. Indiana State Police transported Jeremy Hammers to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for testing that allegedly showed his blood alcohol content at .44 percent. Authorities booked Jeremy Hammers into the Dubois County Jail on a Level 6 felony count of operating while intoxicated. Police estimated damages to Riddle’s Toyota at about $2,500 and $1,000 to Hammers’ Ford. The Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Berg’s Garage wrecker assisted.
Huntingburg police had to break the rear window of a pickup truck to free the driver after a crash Tuesday afternoon. Police responded to the crash on Jackson Street at 2:20 p.m. 80 year old Donald Patberg of Huntingburg was driving a 2011 Ford F-150 and heading north on Jackson Street when a 2005 Jeep driven by 60 year old Louis Krohn Jr of Huntingburg ran into the truck. Patberg’s truck came to rest on its side in the intersection of 10th Street. According to police Krohn who was on 10th Street did not stop or slow as he approached the intersection with Jackson Street and ran the stop sign before striking Patberg. Patberg was uninjured but officers had to break the rear window so he could be removed from the truck. Krohn wasn’t injured in the crash. A KARS tow truck and Uebelhor & Sons tow truck assisted at the scene as well as Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department.
Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an accident after the driver had an apparent seizure causing his death on Tuesday. According to an accident report witnesses said a car driven by 72 year old Rickie Ryan of Bedford ran a stop sign at the intersection of Gunsmith School and Leatherwood roads and veered off the road and struck a guard rail. His wife Marsha, who was a passenger in the vehicle said he appeared to have had a seizure while at the wheel causing the crash. The crash occurred at 1:24 p.m. Ryan was a retired Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputy. Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department and IU Health ambulance assisted on the scene, the report said.
A Bedford woman was taken to a hospital after a crash on Leatherwood Road Monday afternoon. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department crash report At 5:28 p.m. 61 year old Christie Maxwell of Bedford was traveling east on Leatherwood Road near South Leatherwood Road in her black 2017 Lincoln MKC when her vehicle ran off the road and into an embankment. Maxwell, a diabetic, likely had a drop in blood sugar and was transported for that reason after the accident. She suffered no other visible injuries. Maxwell was wearing a seat belt. The crash resulted in $10,000 to $25,000 in damages and the SUV was towed.
Tuesday January 15th 2019
A call to 911 alerted Bedford Fire firefighters to a house fire early this morning. Firefighters were alerted to the blaze at 1726 25th Street at 12:12 a.m. Firefighters from all three departments arrived on the scene three minutes later. According to firefighters, when they arrived there was heavy smoke billowing out of the front door of the home. Firefighters confined the fire to the kitchen and had it put out in a matter of minutes. A space heater was the cause of the fire. The damage of the fire was limited to the kitchen area but there was smoke throughout the house which firefighters used large fans to remove. The house was is owned by Brady Slinkard. Duke Energy and Bedford City Utilities were also called to the scene. The Red Cross provided the housing for the night to the residents.
A man who missed a court date last month in a felony domestic battery case was arrested Monday afternoon on a failure-to-appear warrant. A report from August on a physical domestic in progress in the Crystal area originally resulted in the arrest of 21 year old William Yarbroughof Dubois. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department had investigated and said a male victim at the scene had visible injuries. Yarbrough is charged with a felony count of battery resulting in moderate bodily injury and misdemeanor counts of battery, disorderly conduct and invasion of privacy. The case was scheduled at Dubois Circuit Court on Dec. 10 and Yarbrough failed to appear for a hearing and a warrant for his arrest was issued. Authorities booked Yarbrough into the Dubois County Security Jail at 4:52 p.m. Monday on the active warrant, as well as on a failure-to-appear warrant in a minor consuming case still open in Dubois Superior Court from last May.
A Martinsville man was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated after a fatal accident near Morgantown. 42 year old Earl Davis was arrested on Monday by deputies of the Johnson County Sheriff's Department. Davis allegedly caused an accident on West State Road 44 on October 9, 2018, which left 37-year old Chad Kepner of Bargersville suffering from severe head trauma and Kepner was pronounced dead at the scene. Davis was transported to Indiana University Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after the accident for a blood draw. He was also injured suffering from pain in his hip and upper leg. According to police the blood test showed the presence of amphetamine and meth in Davis' system. Davis was arrested without incident at his home. He is facing a felony charge of operating while intoxicated causing death while using a Scheduled 1 or 2 controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, operating a vehicle with a Scheduled 1 or 2 controlled substance or its metabolite in a person's body. Davis was arrested and taken to the Johnson County jail on $2,500 cash bond. At the time of this arrest he was out of jail on bond awaiting trial on two felony charges of child molestation in Morgan County.
Monday, January 14th, 2019
Two people were arrested after leading multiple police forces on a vehicle pursuit through multiple counties Sunday night. According to Indiana State Police, just before 10:30 p.m., troopers were conducting patrols in Monroe County when the troopers recognized the driver of a silver Chevrolet as 21-year-old Aaron Taylor, of Bloomington. Troopers knew Taylor was wanted on multiple felony warrants through Monroe County and when troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, Taylor accelerated and fled southbound on Sale Street, from State Road 46 in Ellettsville. Taylor was accompanied by a female passenger later identified as 22-year-old Cassandra Plantz, of Bloomington. Trooper Parker and Sgt. Day initiated a vehicle pursuit that traveled on several Monroe, Greene and Lawrence County roads until ultimately the Chevrolet lost both passenger side tires and came to a stop on Liberty Drive just south of Third Street in Bloomington. Once the pursuit ended, both Taylor and Plantz were taken into custody. The pursuit lasted exactly one hour, spanning three counties and totaled over 58 miles. During the pursuit, Troopers Parker and Day were assisted by several Monroe County Deputies, multiple Lawrence County Deputies, and several Bloomington Police Officers and other State Troopers. Involved officers from all departments deployed stop sticks at several locations, causing the tires of the Chevrolet to deflate. In addition, many of the officers blocked major intersections, keeping other traffic away from the pursuit. During the pursuit, Taylor was observed throwing a loaded handgun from the vehicle onto Gas Line Road in Lawrence County. That gun was recovered by officers. In addition, Taylor and Plantz were found to be in possession of a large amount of look-alike drug substances, along with methamphetamine and marijuana.
A Martin County man was injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday night on US 231. According to a Jasper Police Department report, 58-year-old Michael Songer of Jasper was traveling south on US 231 when he turned into the path of a vehicle driven by 26-year-old Douglas Duvall of Loogootee. Kimberly Bromm, a passenger in Songer's vehicle, was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital after complaining of chest pain. Duvall was taken to Jasper Memorial by private vehicle after complaining of chest pain. Both vehicles were a total loss. Songer was cited for failure to yield the right of way.
A Monroe County man is behind bars after police say he set fire to his neighbors front doors. According to Bloomington police, on Saturday around 8 p.m., Bloomington Police and Bloomington firefighters were alerted to a fire at an apartment complex in the 1200 block of North Arlington Park Drive. The caller told officials she smelled the odor of smoke and when she opened her front door saw flames.Officials found two apartment doors on fire. Firefighters put out the fires quickly with little damage to the complex. Police say Byron Carr of bloomington had poured fuel around the front doors and lit them. Witnesses say Carr, who also lives in the apartment complex, had been harassing tenants.Police found Carr inside his apartment along with a jug of Tiki torch fuel and a lighter. Bloomington Police then arrested 58-year-old Carr on two counts of arson
Friday, January 11th, 2019
Firefighters with Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department and with the assistance of three other departments battled a structure fire at 323 Woodsferry Road Thursday night. According to the Marion Township Fire Department Chief, Firefighters arrived at the scene at 11:21 p.m. When they arrived at the 40-foot by 100-foot single -story pole barn with an attached garage there was heavy fire throughout. The owner was out of town at the time of the fire. Marion VFD responded with 4 apparatus and 13 firefighters. Tanker assistance was provided by Shawswick VFD. They responded with 2 tankers and six firefighters. Tanker support was also requested from Oolitic VFD. They responded with one tanker with two firefighters and Huron VFD responded with two tankers and five firefighters.
Indiana State Troopers are investigating a murder that was believed to have occurred this/Friday morning in St. Anthony. Police were called to 5870 East County Road 650 East, St. Anthony at 8:26 a.m. when the Dubois County 911 Center received an emergency call reporting 23 year old Chloie Lubbehusen, of English, was at the property and bleeding. Within minutes Indiana State Troopers along with Dubois County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the residence. One suspect, 27 year old Kyle Schneider, of Huntingburg, was located nearby almost immediately and is currently being detained by Indiana State Troopers. The victim was given immediate medical attention by law enforcement officers on scene and by ambulance paramedics. She succumbed to the injuries and died earlier today at Jasper Memorial Hospital. The victim’s family has been notified. Schneider is charged with Murder and is lodged in the Dubois County Jail without bond. Indiana State Police Investigators and Crime Scene Technicians are currently on scene at the residence processing the crime scene .
A Bloomfield woman has been arrested on a warrant for allegedly taking a firearm into Eastern Greene High School earlier this month. According to Indiana State Police Trooper Richard Klun, 41-year-old Kristi Lynn Vester told the school's resource officer that she forgot to take the gun off before entering the school on Thursday, Jan. 3. The 9mm handgun was in a holster under her clothing. Vester is facing Level 6 felony charge of possession of a firearm on school property and is being held without bond in the Greene County Jail. Police say although Vester had a concealed carry permit, it is against the law to take a firearm into a school without authorization.
Thursday, January 10th, 2019
A semi truck and trailer turnover partially closed State Road 56 just east of Dubois Road for about three hours this/Thursday morning. According to reports, 51 year old Larry Thomas, 51, of Paoli, was westbound on SR56 in a 1989 Peterbuilt tractor and trailer hauling a load of corn at about 11:26 a.m. As he exited the curve in the road, the truck and trailer turned over and continued off the roadway before striking a utility pole and landed on its side. Thomas was able to exit the vehicle and was not injured. A witness following the truck and trailer told police it was not speeding and police believe the corn shifted in the trailer and caused the crash. The tractor and trailer were considered total losses. The Dubois Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Management Services and wreckers from Storks and Ruxer Ford Lincoln assisted.
A Lawrence Cunty man was arrested after police say he attempted to break into a home in the 2100 block of F Street early Thursday morning. According to Bedford Police, when officers arrived at 3:28 a.m., they found 33-year-old Anthony Burns of Bedford standing on the front porch. They also discovered that Burns had broken the back door attempting to enter the home. Officers noticed that Burns showed signs of intoxication, and while walking him to the patrol car he became combative. Burns was arrested and transported and booked into the Lawrence County Jail. Burns, is facing charges of residential entry, public intoxication, resisting arrest and battery on a police officer.
A Lawrence County man is facing charges after his Freightliner box truck damaged Greene County's only remaining covered bridge. According to a Greene County Sheriff's Department news release, 52-year-old Paul Patton of Bedford drove through the 135-year-old Richland-Plummer Creek Bridge on South Baseline Road on Saturday afternoon damaging the bridge and then left the scene of the accident. Deputies caught up with him while responding to an unrelated crash on State Road 54 East. The sheriff's department has recommended Patton face a misdemeanor charge of failure to stop after an accident. The 122-foot burr arch bridge was built in 1883 and rehabilitated in 1997. It has a clearance of 13 feet. The sheriff's department says the bridge was damaged because the truck was too tall to cross. The report has been sent to the Greene County Prosecutor's Office for review.
Wednesday January 9th 2019
A Bedford man was booked into the Lawrence County jail on Monday after he was accused of a violent episode against three people. At 6:35 p.m., According to Bedford Police Chief Terry Moore Bedford police went to a home in the 900 block of 24th Street after dispatch received a 911 call about a fight that occurred. When officers arrived 18 year old Cody Middleton of Bedford was upset and didn’t want to speak to officers. A woman told police Middleton hit her multiple times with a metal baseball bat after he became upset. She said he grabbed a metal bat, then started hitting her in the stomach. Once she tried to defend herself, Cody started striking her in the arm with the same bat. She also said she didn’t know what he was upset about. According to Moore Another person in the home said she heard an argument, then saw Middleton hit the first woman with the bat. Allegedly when Middleton saw the second woman calling police he punched her in the face. Once he stopped hitting her he picked up the bat and started hitting stuff in the house. A third person in the home who was in a different room in the house went to check on the situation when he heard a lot of noise. The third person said he noticed Middleton breaking items in the house. After he told Middleton to stop, Middleton allegedly punched him in the head numerous times. No one was taken to the hospital. Middleton is facing charges of battery with a deadly weapon and domestic battery. He was booked into the Lawrence County jail with bond set at $2,005 cash.
A Mitchell driver struck a horse drawn buggy Tuesday afternoon with no injuries reported. according a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department the accident report at 4:52 p.m., 72 year old Judith Kern of Mitchell was traveling east on State Road 60 West near Old State Road 60 in her red 2003 Cadillac Deville. She told police that because of sun glare she didn’t see the buggy that was driven by 62 year old Lovina Swartzentruber of Mitchell and rear ended it. Damage was estimated between $1,000 and $2,500 on the report.
A car hitting a pedestrian resulted in minor injuries early Tuesday afternoon on Hillside Drive south on Second Avenue/State Road 164. According to the Jasper Police Department 61 year old Kim Geck of Huntingburg was eastbound on Hillside Drive in a 2008 Toyota Camry at 12:14 p.m. Police said Geck was unable to see 60 year old John Brzezinski of Jasper walking in the roadway because of environmental conditions. Brzezinski resides on Hillside Drive and suffered minor injuries. He was treated at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. No citations were issued and damage to the Camry was estimated at $450. Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department’s first responders assisted.
Tuesday, January 8th 2019
A man was arrested after a woman called police reporting he battered her and shot at her in French Lick. According to a report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department a woman called police shortly before midnight on December 30thand told officers 49 year old Caudle had shoved her, spit tobacco juice on her and then fired a gun at her. Police arrived at Caudle’s residence on County Road 200 North and handcuffed and questioned him. Officers said he admitted he and the woman had been in an argument and that he had fired the gun into some trees across the road twice to scare the woman into not returning. Caudle agreed to let them search the residence and officers reported finding three guns as well as a piece of tile, a razor blade and small bag that all field tested positive for methamphetamine. According to the report Caudle admitted to using the drug. He was then arrested and transported to the Orange County Jail.
A three-vehicle collision Wednesday occurred when a SUV ran a red light. According to the Jasper Police Department 89 year old Melvin Meyer, of Jasper, was northbound at 4:26 p.m on Newton Street in a Chevrolet Traverse when the accident occurred at 13th Street. According to Police Meyer failed to stop at the traffic light and his SUV and struck a westbound Toyota Camry driven by 67 year old Ramona Schaefer of Jasper. The Traverse continued northbound and then struck a Hyundai that was stopped in the southbound lane of Newton Street driven by 40 year old Ruston Welborn of Huntingburg. According to police Welborn and Meyer both were not injured. Schaefer was injured and was treated and released at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. Police said there was damage to the front of the Meyer Traverse and to the driver’s doors of the other two vehicles.
A Bedford woman was taken to the hospital after a crash Monday afternoon. According to a Bedford Police Department crash report at 1:39 p.m., Emily Cuba was traveling west on Sixth Street in her 2000 Mercury Nautica Villager. She said she stopped at the stop sign at R Street intersection, looked both ways, and then drove through. Her vehicle collided with a 2006 Chevrolet Impala driven by 66 year old Jennifer Hert of Bedford. According to Hert she was traveling north on R Street when Cuba’s vehicle pulled out in front of her. She alleged Cuba ran the stop sign. In addition, a witness traveling in the area also claimed Cuba ran the stop sign. Both drivers were wearing seat belts. Cuba complained of back pain. An Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital ambulance responded to the scene.
Monday, January 7th, 2019
A 45-year-old Jackson County man was arrested Saturday evening after he hit a parked vehicle and left the scene of an accident in Brownstown. James Andrew Brock of Brownstown faces charges of operating while intoxicated and OWI with a blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent or greater. According to Brownstown Police, Brock was driving his Dodge Dakota in the 700 block of West Spring Street in Brownstown when he struck a parked Toyota Prius and left the scene. The collision forced the parked vehicle from the roadway and into a resident's yard. Officers patrolling the area of Main and Springs streets found Brock looking at the damage to his truck in a gravel parking lot near the intersection. Brock was arrested at 8:29 p.m. and was released at 9:38 a.m. Sunday after posting a $750 cash bond.
Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident on John Williams Boulevard near O Street Saturday afternoon. According to Bedford Police, at around 3:09PM, 57-year-old Leah Brinegar, of Bedford, was traveling west on John Williams Boulevard near the intersection of O Street. She told police as she crossed through the intersection a 1999 Buick LeSabre Limited struck her driver's side door and the quarter panel of her 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee. 17 year old Arnold Clayton, of Bedford, was traveling north on O Street and told police he was crossing John Williams Boulevard and did not see Brinegar's Jeep and struck the vehicle with his bumper. Brinegar complained of neck pain but refused to be transported to a local hospital and said she would seek medical treatment at her discretion. Clayton suffered a minor laceration on his forehead and was treated at the scene. Clayton and his passenger Blake Martinez, 18, also of Bedford, were arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Friday, January 4th, 2019
A Lawrence County woman was airlifted to the U of L Hospital Thursday night after a crash on Fort Ritner Road. According to police reports, At 8:49 p.m., 24-year-old Sarah Verhines, o Bedford was traveling east on Fort Ritner Road, near Tunnelton Road, in a black 2008 Mazda 3. The car ran off the right side of the road while traveling through a curve, then struck a tree head-on. Verhines was airlifted by StatFlight because of “complaint of pain” to the “entire body. She was wearing a seat belt, according the report. Shawswick Township Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the scene.
A Mitchell home was a total loss following a fire on West Main Street in Mitchell Thursday night. According to reports, at around 11:36 p.m. Thursday, firefighters went to a home in the 1400 block of Main Street after a person called 911 to report smoke in the home. When firefighters arrived, the utility room was ablaze. The fire caused the roof to collapse and took firefighters about an hour to get the fire under control. The home also sustained heat, smoke and water damage. No one was injured and the single-story home was considered a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Police were still searching Thursday for a driver who ran from a crash scene after police say he drove his truck into a home on State Road 158 west of Bedford. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department crash report, police are preliminarily charging 36-year-old Tyler Henderson, of Bedford with leaving the scene of a property damage accident. As of Thursday morning, police have not arrested Henderson. Police say at around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, Henderson was allegedly traveling east on State Road 158 in a black 2013 Chevrolet Silverado. The truck traveled through a yard in the 7400 block of State Road 158, then struck a tree. After hitting the tree, the truck then hit a concrete pad attached to the front porch of a home. The driver fled the scene on foot before police arrived. Homeowners Robert and Lori Mollet identified Henderson as the driver through a photo lineup. The Mollets told police they believe Henderson was heavily intoxicated. According to the report, the truck was registered to Henderson. In addition to the concrete damage, the home sustained damage to some drywall and a front door frame. Police estimate the home sustained between $10,001 and $25,000 worth of damage.
Thursday, January 3rd, 2019
A man who was involved in a February 2018 robbery in Lawrence County, will serve more than two years on probation for his part in the crime. 23 year old Kody Moody, of Bedford, plead guilty to two counts of aiding in the theft of a firearm and one count of possession of methamphetamine. Lawrence Superior Court I Judge John Plummer III sentenced Moody to a total of 912 days Friday during a sentencing hearing. Moody also was sentenced for a separate arrest in April on charges of possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of paraphernalia. Moody will serve no additional time for the crime, with Plummer deeming his 544-day sentence as time served.
Warrants have been issued for two men accused of rolling a $50,000 bulldozer into Thousand Islands Lake at the Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area in Greene County. Police are looking for 25-year-old Jared Turner and 24-year-old William Murphy. Both are facing felony charges of theft, criminal mischief and unauthorized entry of a vehicle. The incident occurred in April of 2017. The bulldozer was being used in the construction of multiple new dams.
Two people died on New Year's Day in what appeared to be a case of murder-suicide in Martinsville. Martinsville Police say 59-year-old Laura Crowley and 59-year-old Danny Kilgore Jr. were found shot to death inside their home. Crowley's adult son discovered the bodies and called the police. Police believe Kilgore killed Crowley before turning the gun on himself in their Shireman Estate home a housing addition off East Morgan Street northeast of the downtown area. Kilgore was Crowley's live-in boyfriend and police say during their investigation they learned Crowley had planned to end the couple's relationship and believes that is the motive for the shooting.
Wednesday January 2nd 2019
A 37-year-old man is facing sex abuse charges after he was accused of raping a woman Friday morning. A woman went to the Bedford Police Department Friday morning and reported 37 year old Damon Evans of Bedford raped her at her home in the 1400 block of 18th Street around 2 a.m. The woman said he entered her house without permission, then he woke her up while she was sleeping. “She also said he was wanting to work things out to get back together and during that conversation, he then forced unwanted sex on her. She also accused Evans of hitting her and not allowing her to call 911. Once he was done, he left the house and the woman came to the police station to file a report. Police went to Evans house and he was arrested without any incident. Evans faces preliminary charges of rape, domestic battery, criminal confinement, interfering with the reporting of a crime, residential entry and possession of marijuana. Evans was booked into the Lawrence County jail.
Police accused a man of multiple offenses after he fought with officers Tuesday night in Huntingburg. A family member of 42 year old Chris Ferguson of Huntingburg contacted the Huntingburg Police Department at 8 p.m. According to police the family member transported Ferguson to the police department so they could talk about where to take him because of several problems throughout the day with family. Ferguson allegedly became very agitated and belligerent when police spoke with him in the police station parking lot. Ferguson allegedly struck an officer and continued to yell after being told to stop several times. He was detained and police gave him a portable breath test and he had a blood alcohol content at .26 percent. Ferguson was placed in a police station holding cell. While in the Holding cell he continued to yell and be uncooperative. Ferguson was transported to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for medical clearance by officers. Ferguson again became agitated while at the hospital and was loud and disruptive. Ferguson resisted and fought with officers while his handcuffs were being changed from the front to the back which caused one officer’s hand to bleed. After treatment, Ferguson was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 10:20 p.m. on preliminary charges that included two felony counts of battery on law enforcement, and misdemeanor counts of resisting law enforcement, a count of public intoxication and two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct.
Four people were arrested Tuesday night on drug charges after a bust in Bedford. At 7:39 p.m., Bedford Police received a report that people in the 1000 block of 24th Street were using drugs. An officer arrived, knocked on the door and could allegedly smell the odor of marijuana in the house. The person who opened the door told police that they needed a warrant if they wanted to search the home. A search warrant was granted and officers found meth, heroin, marijuana and syringes in the home. Police arrested 25 year old Robert Goldsberry, 40 year old Starr Walters, and 45 year old Roger McCoy all of Bedford and 24 year old Shanda Garland of Heltonville all on various drug charges. All four were booked into the Lawrence County jail.
Police arrested a Ferdinand man Friday on a warrant charging him with disseminating matter harmful to minors. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department investigated a case that resulted in the issueing of a warrant Friday in Dubois Circuit Court. The warrant charged 30 year old Tyler Blessinger, of Ferdinand, with a Level 6 felony count of dissemination of matter harmful to minors. Court documents allege that in September 2018, Blessinger tried to deceive minors to get them to send nude pictures to him and sent an inappropriate and harmful picture to a minor. According to the warrant, when the investigation started, Blessinger was assisting with the Forest Park Junior-Senior High School tennis team. Authorities booked Blessinger into the Dubois County Jail at 3:02 p.m. on Friday on the active warrant. He posted bond a short time later.
Monday, December 31st, 2018
A fire in Tell City claimed the lives of three children Friday night. According to Tell City police, they were called to 1027 15th Street at 4:25 a.m. Friday. When crews arrived on scene, the home was fully involved and they were not able to gain entry into the home. A woman and two other children were able to escape the home, and they told first responders three children were trapped on the second floor. Fire crews were forced to extinguish the blaze before gaining entry to the home. The victims have been identified as 11 year old Danielle Sims, 6 year old Thomas Sims and 3 year old Roseanna Sims. State Fire Marshal investigators continue to talk to the fire survivors to try to determine the cause and origin of the fire. No working smoke alarms have been found at the residence at this point, and witnesses reported none were heard during the fire. The Tell City Fire Department, Tell City Police Department and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security continue to investigate the incident.
On Wednesday, at 3:14pm, Martin County Sheriff's Deputy Tyler Reed was on patrol in Loogootee and observed a vehicle equipment violation. Loogootee Police Department Chief Kelly Rayhill was in the area and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver was identified as 31 year old William Bradley of Loogootee and a passenger was identified as 37 year old Joy Grace of Loogootee. Bradley was found to have an expired driver's license and gave officers verbal consent to search the vehicle. Once out of the vehicle, Bradley advised Deputy Reed that he was in possession of marijuana and handed Deputy Reed a plastic bag containing a green leafy plant-like substance that field tested positive for marijuana. Martin County Deputy Rob Lents and ISP Trooper Jarrod Lents then arrived to assist. During a search of the vehicle, Deputy Reed located a plastic container containing a white substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Bradley and Joy Grace were then transported to the Martin County Jail. After further investigation, Deputy Reed requested and was granted a search warrant for Bradley's homee. Officers were aware of one other occupant of the residence, Gary Sager. At 8:30 p.m. officers with the Martin County Sheriff's Office, Loogootee Police Department, and Indiana State Police executed the search warrant at Bradley's residence. No persons were present and a search of the home resulted in officers locating methamphetamine, controlled substances, marijuana, and paraphernalia. On Thursday, 7:00pm, Sager's was taken into custody at his residence and transported him to the Martin County Jail.
Jasper Police made an arrest Friday night of an impaired driver. According to Jasper Police, at around 2:34 a.m. officers found 23 year old Caleb Reinbold, of Jasper, in a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 series truck that was running with its left front tire against a curb at 13th and Kundek streets in Jasper. Police said the driver’s side of the truck appeared to have recent damage. Reinbold, who showed signs of intoxication, allegedly admitted to drinking and being involved in a crash, but he would not say when, where or what his truck struck. After failing a field sobriety test, Reinbold was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for a blood draw that allegedly placed his blood alcohol content at .276 percent. Authorities then booked Reinbold into the Dubois County Jail at 4:20 a.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated.
Friday, December 28th, 2018
The partial federal government shutdown has closed U.S. Forest Service offices in southern Indiana and limited access to some federal properties. The Forest Service closed its Bedford and Tell City offices when the shutdown began Dec. 22. Those offices are part of the Hoosier National Forest, which spans 204,000 acres (82,556 hectares) from the Bloomington area to the Ohio River. The Hardin Ridge Recreation Area at Lake Monroe is empty and gates to all but one campground area were closed Wednesday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Bloomington office is closed. The Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge remains open, but its Seymour visitor's center and office are closed. Muscatatuck's website says that during the shutdown, any entry onto refuge property is "at the visitor's sole risk."
A former Brown County High School Athletic Booster Club Treasurer was sentenced to 180 days on home detention after admitting to stealing of more than $7,000 from the organization for her own personal use. 49-year-old Melanie Redmond of Nineveh was arrested in March on a felony count of theft. She will serve 180 days on probation and 100 hours of community service, participate in a mental health evaluation and must write an apology letter and pay $7,000 in restitution along with a fine and court cost. According to court records her conviction will be reduced to a Class A misdemeanor after she completes probation.
Hunters and state officials are concerned about the threat of chronic wasting disease among Indiana's wild deer as the fatal disease creeps closer to the state's borders. Deer infected with chronic wasting disease have been found in Michigan and Illinois, within 30 miles (50 kilometers) of the Indiana border. It causes a characteristic spongy degeneration of the brains of infected animals resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters in some border areas to have their harvested deer tested for the disease. To date, all deer samples tested for CWD in Indiana have tested negative. Indiana Department of Natural Resources veterinarian Nancy Boedeker predicts CWD could arrive in Indiana in 2019. She says testing would become mandatory if the disease is detected in Indiana.
Thursday December 27th 2018
A Greene County man was arrested Christmas morning after he attempted to strangle his wife with a broom handle and stabbed her hand with a wedding cake cutter. Greene County Sheriff deputies arrested 29 year old Joey Edmonson on a warrant issued on Dec. 11th on charges of strangulation and battery resulting in bodily injury. Deputies on the night of the attack were called to a home on North Shanklin Drive in Jasonville. Edmonson called saying his wife, who was not living with him, attempted to kick down his door and had hit him in the head. Both Edmonson and his estranged wife told police different stories on what happened. It was determined by police that the couple had argued throughout the evening with the dispute turning physical. Both had similar stories, but Edmonson says the female hit him with the broom and she said Edmonson attempted to strangle her with the broom handle. Police photographed the couple's injuries and the scene which included a broken window, shoe prints on the door and a bent broom handle. He remains in the Greene County Jail on a $5,000 surety.
Members of the Haysville Volunteer Fire Department traveled into southern Martin County Wednesday. The 4:44 p.m. run sent the department to the Keeven Neukam farm at 2041 Hoffman Road, east of U.S. 231. Neukam was unloading the dry silage to feed cattle and discovered what had happened. The issue was thought to be electrical in nature. An electric cord runs up through the interior of the silo and it possibly shorted and sparked. Firefighters climbed to an access door that had burned to spray water and then removed smoldering silage. Neukam will need to replace a feeder belt that was melted by hot silage and according to firefighters need to check his electrical in the silo. There were no injuries reported. Four trucks and 12 firefighters were on the scene for an hour.
A single vehicle accident resulted in no injuries Saturday morning west of Ireland. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department 24 year old Narissa Montes of Huntingburg was eastbound on Old Petersburg Road in a 2003 Lexus RX300 at 10:15 a.m. 600 feet north of State Road 56 when the accident occurred. Montes’ Lexus left the roadway after driving she was too fast to negotiate a curve and stopped in a ditch off the north side of the road after slightly striking a utility pole at the site. There was no damage to the pole and between $1,000 and $2,500 damage to the Lexus. Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.
Wednesday December 26th 2018
Members of the Dubois County Republican Precinct Committee have chosen Jasper's next mayor. The committee chose Dean Vonderheide who will fill the remaining one year of Terry Seitz’s term whose resignation takes effect January 1st. During a private caucus today at Jasper City Hall, the committee chose from Vonderheide, Nancy Eckerle, Levi Hulsman and Bernie Fallon before ultimately choosing Vonderheide. 65 year old Dean Vonderheide has been a member of the Jasper Common Council since 2016, and retired from Kimball International in April 2015 after a 31-year career that concluded with him in the chief human resources officer role. He has served on the Dubois County Contractual Library Board and Jasper Public Library Board since 2011, and is currently president of the Jasper Public Library Board.
Huntingburg Police arrested a Vanderburgh County man after a Tuesday night encounter in a gas station parking lot. The Huntingburg Police Department was called to the Huck’s Food & Fuel at 8:49 p.m. to the description of a possibly intoxicated driver who had pulled into the parking lot. Police made contact with 30 year old Maiquer Salvador of Evansville who showed signs of being highly intoxicated and was agitated that police were speaking with him. Police said Witnesses placed him as the driver but Salvador denied driving. Salvador failed a field sobriety test and his blood alcohol content registered .18 percent on a portable breath test. He refused further impairment testing and became uncooperative. Police had to force Salvador into a patrol vehicle. He attempted to escape from the patrol car several times as he kicked at the vehicle’s door window. Salvador was further restrained as he attempted to kick officers and made multiple threats to harm police. Authorities booked Salvador into the Dubois County Jail at 9:54 p.m. on preliminary charges that included felony counts of attempted battery on a public safety official and attempted escape, and felony counts of operating while intoxicated, obstruction of justice and intimidation directed to a public safety official, and misdemeanor counts of driving while suspended, resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct.
A collision between a pickup truck and SUV in front of Forest Park Jr.-Sr. High School caused damages reaching Saturday evening. According to the Ferdinand Police Department 64 year old Kathy Meyer of Bretzville was northbound on Michigan Street at 7:24 p.m in a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 truck when the accident occurred at 15th Street. Meyer was turning left onto 15th Street when she failed to yield the right of way to a 2006 Honda Pilot heading eastbound being driven by 48 year old Daniel Jochem of Bretzville. Damage in the collision was estimated at $2,500 to the Dodge and $1,000 to the Honda. There were no injuries and no citations were issued.
Monday, December 24th, 2018
A Dubois County man was jailed after police were called to the report of a man passed out in his vehicle at the intersection of Mannheim Road and Baden Strasse in Japser. According to Jasper Police, officers responded at 5:30 p.m. and made contact with 29 year old Andrew Wheeler of Jasper, who was in a 2007 Dodge Caravan. Wheeler showed obvious signs of impairment and his blood alcohol content tested .32 percent. Authorities booked Wheeler into the Dubois County Jail at 8:16 p.m. on charges that included preliminary Level 6 felony counts of operating while intoxicated (prior) and neglect of a dependent.His preliminary charges also included operating while intoxicated with a passenger less than 18 years of age. Wheeler posted bond Saturday night.
A Monroe County man died after being struck by a vehicle while crossing West Third Street Thursday night. According to Bloomington Police, 69-year-old Steven Burris of Bloomington was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital where he died from his injuries. An autopsy was performed Friday morning and the Monroe County Coroner ruled the death accidental. According to police, a 52-year-old woman, of Bloomington was traveling west in the 3800 block of West Third Street just after 6 p.m. The woman told police she struck something and stopped and discovered it was a man. Witnesses told police it was very dark, wet and difficult to see Burris who was wearing dark clothing. The female driver showed no signs of impairment but did undergo a blood draw which is standard protocol in a fatal accident.
The Sears Hometown store in Bedford will close its doors in just a few weeks on January 12th. Owner Gary Smart, who has owned the store since 2012, is grateful for his loyal and dedicated 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 as supplies last. 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. Smart noted all protection agreements will still be handled through the hotline 800-4MYHOME.
Friday, December 21st, 2018
A Pennsylvania semi truck driver escaped injury after he failed to negotiate a curve on a south side Jasper roadway late Wednesday morning and drove his rig into a ditch. According to Jasper Police, at around 1045AM Wednesday, a semi driven by 23-year old Dennis Borisik of Denver, Pennsylvania was headed north on South Newton Street in Jasper just north of Hochgesang Avenue when he told police he did not see a curve in the road causing his semi to exit the roadway on its eastside and crash into a ditch. Officers were forced to shut down South Newton Street at the scene of the crash for more than an hour while the semi rig was removed from the ditch by a wrecker service. Borisik was not injured. No charges were filed. The semi was a total loss.
A Jackson County man died Wednesday morning after the vehicle he was driving struck the rear end of a semitrailer stopped in traffic backed up on I 65 near the Greenwood exit. According to an Indiana State Police report, 52-year-old Tracy Bullard of Seymour died at the scene despite lifesaving efforts of medical crews. ISP Sgt. John Perrine says Bullard's 2015 Chevrolet struck the rear end of a semitrailer driven by Robert Coleman of Pennsylvania. Coleman was not injured in the crash, reported at about 7:35 a.m. The force of the impact caused the car to go underneath the back of the semitrailer, which was stopped due to a lengthy traffic backup. The crash scene was cleared just after 10 a.m. The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.
An 80-year-old woman stands accused of theft and official misconduct in her role as a township trustee. A multi-year investigation led to the criminal charges against Morgan Township Trustee Patricia Ann Flowers in Owen County. According to a probable cause affidavit by Detective Erich Teuton with the Owen County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation was conducted by representatives of the Indiana State Board of Accounts, the Owen County Sheriff’s Department Detective Division and the Owen County Prosecutor’s Office. The State Board of Accounts notified officers in late 2017 that a multi-year audit of Morgan Township Trustee funds showed missing and misappropriated money. Teuton and Detective William Snodgrass subpoenaed personal bank records of Flowers and bank records for Morgan Township. A review of those records showed misappropriated funds from 2014 through 2018. Flowers bonded out of the Owen County Security Center, and had a initial hearing Thursday.
Thursday, December 20th, 2018
Wednesday, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch announced Misty Weisensteiner, tourism executive director in Orange County, will serve as the director of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development effective Jan. 14, 2019. Weisensteiner has most recently served as the executive director of the Orange County Economic Development Partnership, where she initiated the organization’s restructuring, created and implemented their strategic plan and boosted the economic outlook and vitality for the county. Crouch said that Weisensteiner has direct experience in understanding Indiana tourism, its potential in the national audience and how it fits within a larger economic development strategy. Her demonstrated and continual improvement in the tourism industry will bring significant recognition and results to Indiana.Additionally, the Tourism Task Force, created by the General Assembly in 2017, completed their report last month. The purpose of the task force was to study state tourism offices across the nation to learn how they are structured, how they are funded and the relationship between state funding and economic impact. The report has been submitted to the General Assembly for their review.
Superintendent Tony Whitaker of the SV School system is retiring at the end of this month. He has been the chief administrator at Springs Valley for five years. Whitacker began his teaching career in the spring of 1987 at Brownstown and later that same year became the industrial arts teacher at Springs Valley. He went to Princeton to teach in 1992, and when an industrial arts positioned opened at Orleans Junior-Senior High in 1993, he went there and remained until 2000. Whitaker returned to Springs Valley in July 2000 and became the elementary principal. He became superintendent in January 2014. He has spent most of his career, 23 years, at Springs Valley.
The Daviess County Council may not have the authority to make changes in the way the county observes time, but they can make the preferences known. They did that last week by passing a motion saying they would prefer the county go on Eastern Standard time and stay there year round. Daviess County Councilman Mike Sprinkle brought up the time issue after Indiana Senator Eric Bassler, R-Washington, said he was introducing a bill in the General Assembly to move the state from Eastern to Central Time. Bassler said he introduced his measure in a response to the deaths of three children at a bus stop in northern Indiana. The children were hit and killed while trying to board the bus in the dark. Daylight Saving was a long running fight in the Indiana legislature. It received a big push from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce before being approved under the Mitch Daniels’s administration. Bassler said he may reconsider the approach on his time bill.
Wednesday December 19th 2018
More charges have been added against a Mitchell man after he was booked into jail Sunday for allegedly stabbing another man. According to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department dispatch log Sunday a woman called 911 at 7:11 p.m. to report Patrick Walls, who appeared to have been stabbed, walked into her apartment on Elm Park Drive. Walls was then airlifted him to University of Louisville Hospital by StatFlight helicopter. According to a Lawrence Superior Court I probable Cause affidavit, Walls suffered a 12- to 15-inch laceration across his upper left chest and puncture wound to his bicep area. Walls told Mitchell Police 34 year old John Beyers was the one who stabbed him. The affidavit does not state what led to the alleged stabbing incident. Beyers is now facing felony charges of aggravated battery, battery by means of a deadly weapon, and battery resulting in serious bodily injury. Beyers was arrested and booked into the Lawrence County jail following the incident. His bond is set at $5,005 cash.
Roadway conditions being wet factored into a Thursday accident east of Haysville. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department 57 year old Leroy Sumner of Petersburg, was westbound on State Road 56 in a 2005 Dodge Stratus west of County Road 325E at 11:45 a.m. when the accident occurred. The sheriff’s department said Sumner lost control of his car on the wet roadway and the car went off the north side of the highway and stopped after striking a Frontier Communications telephone pole and a fence. Sumner was not injured but total damage was estimated to have exceeded $5,000. A Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted at the scene.
Tuesday December 18th 2018
A pedestrian walking along Mitchell Road was injured Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident. According to a Bedford Police Department accident report 22 year old Isaac Crane was northbound on Mitchell Road in a Ford F-150 and slowed down to make a left turn into the Pappa’s Restaurant parking lot. 58 year old Ronald Cox of Brownstown was driving a commercial garbage truck northbound and traveling behind Crane’s vehicle. When he noticed Crane’s vehicle was stopped, he hit the brakes and swerved to the right. Cox clipped Crane’s vehicle and then proceeded toward a ditch where he struck 37 year old Allen Buschard, who was walking on the side of the road. Cox had not seen Bushard until he was nearing the side of the roadway and was not able to avoid hitting him. The garbage truck came to rest on a guardrail. Buschard was first taken to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital and then flown to University of Louisville. A passenger in the Crane’s vehicle, 20 year old Alivia Mackey complained of pain but was not transported for medical treatment. The Cox vehicle had to be towed from the scene. The vehicle was registered to Rumpke Transportation.
A Mitchell man was arrested Sunday after he was accused of stabbing another man. According to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department dispatch log, a woman called 911 at 7:11 p.m. to report a man, who appeared to have been stabbed, walked into her apartment at Elm Park Apartments on 1 Elm Park Drive. StatFlight airlifted the man to University of Louisville Hospital. 34-year-old John Beyers of Mitchell is facing a charge of battery with a deadly weapon. Beyers booked into the Lawrence County jail following the incident. No other information was available this morning on the incident.
A woman was struck and killed Sunday in the 600 block of West Tipton Street in Seymour. According to Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott 63 year old Mary Ann Wagner was walking on the sidewalk north on Tipton Street when she stepped into the right westbound lane of Tipton Street. She had almost made it across the roadway when she was hit by a Ford Taurus driven by 24 year old Spencer Nicholas of Seymour. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Nicholas and two other people said Wagner stepped out in front of the car. Chief Abbott says they had a difficult time identifying Wagner after the accident. Police sent a fingerprint card to the Indiana State Police who conducted an analysis and were able to identify Wagner. Abbott said police then found relatives in North Vernon and they confirmed it was her. Alcohol or drugs were not believed to be involved. Toxicology results are pending.
Monday, December 14th, 2018
A Lawrence County woman was injured in an accident on Thursday morning on State Road 158 West. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff's Department report, 72-year-old Eileen Milka of Bedford was traveling west on State Road 158 when she lost control of her 2008 Ford Freestyle on the wet roadway. The car slid off the highway and collided with a trash tote belonging with B&D Waste Removal and then hit a fence and utility pole. Mikla was able to exit the vehicle before deputies arrived on the scene. Mikla complained of head pain and was treated and evaluated by an IU Health Hospital ambulance crew at the scene. Her husband then transported her to a local hospital for a medical evaluation.
A Dubois County woman was arrested on allegations she stole more than $17,000 from the Tenth Street Elementary School Parent-Teacher Club in Jasper while she was treasurer. The Dubois County Superior Court issued a warrant for the arrest of 37 year old Ellen Tubbs, of Jasper, on 10 Level 6 felony counts of theft and seven misdemeanor counts of theft. Tubbs was the club treasurer between August 2016 and the end of October this year. According to police, Tubbs allegedly wrote checks from a parent-teacher club account that deposited money into her own account. The Jasper Police Department started an investigation after receiving a report of missing funds in November. Tubbs was booked into the Dubois County Jail on Friday.
Police are warning the public about a scam concerning Amazon Chase Credit Cards. Greene County residents are receiving unsolicited credit cards or denial letters in the mail saying their application for an Amazon Chase Credit Card was received and accepted or denied. However, none of the individuals applied for this credit card on the Amazon or Chase sites or through the mail, the only legitimate ways to apply for the card. When you call the number to inquire about the notice, the first thing they ask for is your social security number. Police warn to never give out personal information over the phone unless it's a call or action you initiated.
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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