Friday, August 23rd, 2019
Firefighters from Shawswick, Marion, Oolitic, and Pleasant Run Volunteer Fire Departments battled a blaze on Tunnelton Road this morning. According to Firefighters, they responded at 10:20 a.m. to the home located in the 2700 block of Tunnelton Road. Firefighters say no one was injured in the blaze. One dog was rescued, and another dog died in the blaze. They believe the fire started in the upstairs bedroom from a lamp that was too close to combustible material, and the fire has been ruled accidental. The home was owned by Jack and Rory Case and Nineteen firefighters from the four fire departments battled the blaze. AMR Ambulance Service along with the Lawrence County Police Department also assisted at the scene.
A Lawrence County man was arrested after police say he stole a donated item at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store. Back on June 28 th , at 1:55 a.m. a Bedford Police officer saw 26-year-old Haven Roll, of Bedford leaving with an item that had been outside of the business for several hours. Roll denied taking any items that were not his and eventually returned some of the items. Officers then requested video the next day from the thrift store and confirmed that Roll had taken several pieces of clothing that we re placed outside for donation . Roll was arrested by Bedford Police o n a warrant at 2:35 a.m. this morning on a charge of theft.
Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
Bedford Police arrested two Missouri men after a report of two males jumping on vehicles in the parking lot at the Bedford Walmart. According to Bedford Police, the witness gave an officer a description of the vehicle. The vehicle was located at the Super 8 hotel with the two males sitting inside. Bedford Police Officers then spoke with 25-year-old Dustin Fullington and 23-year-old Christopher Cameron about the complaint.While talking to the the subjects, an officer smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. Officers then located several burnt marijuana roaches and loose plant-like material that field tested positive for marijuana. While speaking with Fullington and Cameron officers confirmed the complaint by watching Walmart video. Cameron is facing charges of disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia. Fullington is facing charges of maintaining a common nuisance and criminal mischief.
A Jackson County man called for help following finding a large Timber rattlesnake in his garage. According to Indiana Department of Natural Resources Conservation, Officers Blake Everhart and Lt. Phil Schuetter, responded to the Seymour man’s request to help deal with a snake found in the garage. While dealing with that snake they found two more Timber rattlesnakes nearby. Officers called Quartermaster ICO Capt. Tony Wilson, a trained reptile expert, and who owns reptiles to remove the three snakes. T imber Rattlesnakes are considered endangered. According to Officer Schreck, the snakes were relocated.No one – including the snakes – were injured. According to DNR Timber Rattlesnakes are one of only four venomous snakes in the state. Timber Rattlesnakes are generally found in south-central Indiana and are often confused with the eastern Hognose, Gray Ratsnake, and Bullsnake.
Two people were arrested after police noticed a white Ford Escape in a suspicious area of a parking lot in the 700 block of 16th Street, early Wednesday morning. According to Bedford Police, While approaching the vehicle, a male later identified as 34-year-old Christopher Wright exited and started walking away from the car. Wright returned to speak with officers. They discovered he was wanted on a warrant and he was arrested. While speaking with the other passengers in the car, officers saw an orange cap often found on a syringe on the back floorboard of the car. The driver gave consent to search the vehicle, and an uncapped syringe was found in the middle of the back seat. Officers spoke with Wright who was in the back seat before exiting the vehicle. Also in the vehicle was a passenger, 24-year-old Kady Wilson, who was also in the back seat. Both denied knowing the syringe was there. The syringe was field-tested and tested positive for methamphetamine. Officers arrested both Wilson and Wright on charges of possession of meth and unlawful possession of a syringe.Wright was also arrested on a warrant for failure to appear
Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
A Bedford man was sent to the hospital after his motorcycle struck a dog on Monday in Bedford. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department report 53 year old Wesley Higgins of Bedford was driving west on Pleasant Run Road on a 1996 Harley Davidson motorcycle at 4:46 p.m. Monday. He had just passed over a small hill to find a small white dog in the roadway. Higgins attempted to avoid the dog but was unable to. After hitting the dog the motorcycle went down and threw Higgins from the vehicle. Higgins rolled several times and came to a stop in a grassy area on the south side of the roadway. Higgins suffered several injuries including road rash to both arms and legs, a laceration across his nose and a possible dislocated shoulder and scraps and cuts to both hands. Higgins was also wearing a helmet preventing a head injury. Higgins was transported by an ambulance to IU Health Bedford Hospital for treatment. The dog died at the scene and the owner Timothy Connolly was at the scene and retrieved the dog. The motorcycle had damage on both sides.
A Brazil man who allegedly fled the scene of an accident in Bedford was arrested Saturday morning. According to a Bedford Police Department accident report 18 year old Ethan Middleton of Brazil crashed his 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier as he was fleeing officers at a high rate of speed. He disregarded several stops signs as he was driving eastbound on Sixth Street approaching F Street. He lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway and traveled down an embankment. Middleton and one passenger 18 year old Lindsey McCutchen also of Brazil fled the scene on foot. Another passenger in the vehicle 18 year old Olivia Clark of Bedford stayed with the vehicle. Middleton and McCutchen were caught and arrested. Middleton was charged with being an unlicensed driver, resisting law enforcement, reckless driving resulting in property damage, leaving the scene of an injury or fatal accident. McCutchen was charged with resisting law enforcement. Middleton was uninjured and McCutchen complained of pain to her entire body. Clark complained of pain to her face.
Two people were arrested after a traffic stop this morning in Huntingburg. Police stopped a red Toyota truck at 19th and Van Buren streets at 2:21 a.m. in Huntingburg after seeing one working headlight and clocking it at 33 mph in the 25 mph zone. 23 year old Caleb Dubon of Huntingburg and 45 year old Eugenia Neukam of Jasper and a juvenile were in the truck. K-9 Maya alerted on the truck’s driver door and items were found in the vehicle during a search by officers. Two uncapped syringes, a crystalline substance that field tested positive as methamphetamine and a clear glass smoking pipe were found in the vehicle. Dubon and Neukam were booked into the Dubois County Jail on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of syringes. Dubon was charged on felony counts of maintaining a common nuisance and Neukam was also charged a felony count of neglect of a dependent and a misdemeanor count of visiting a common nuisance.
Tuesday, August 20th, 2019
A Bedford man was arrested on Friday after police accuse him if soliciting sex from three underage girls. Police say that 29 year old John Bartlett of Bedford became a suspect after an adult found messages between him and a 15-year-old girl. Police found that Bartlett met with that girl, and two other girls age 12 and 15. He drove them in his car to a nearby field and when they were there he requested to have sex with one of the girls and asked that girl if the other two girls would like to have sex with him. The girls refused and in time he took them home. One of the girls continued communicating with Bartlett after that meeting. After police learned about the messages a detective pretended to be that girl and continued communicating with Bartlett. Bartlett asked the girl to meet him again near Lake Monroe on Thursday. Detectives met Bartlett there and arrested him. During a search of Bartlett meth was found in his pocket. Bartlett was arrested on charges of child solicitation, possession of meth, and furnishing alcohol to a minor. Bartlett is being held in the Monroe County Jail on a $20,000 bond. The incident remains under investigation and additional charges may be filed in the case as the investigation progresses.
The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department was called to the report of smoke at an apartment complex this morning and a business on Saturday. At 6:47 a.m. Firefighters were called to the Sunset Apartments at 675 Giesler Road in Jasper. The report involved someone who had left their apartment with eggs still boiling on the stove. Smoke was spotted coming from the kitchen. Damage was limited to smoke and the repairs needed to the door after firefighters forced entry to turn off the stove. Firefighters ventilated the apartment with exhaust fans before leaving. Five trucks and 26 firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes. Firefighters were also called at 3:07 p.m. on Saturday to the former Paul’s Custom shop at 585 Wernsing Road in Jasper where Boogie Tunes’ Kurt Englert was keeping equipment for the DJ business. Boogie Tunes was entertaining at the St. Anthony Street Fest that day but Englert had to leave. Englert then discovered a fire was starting behind a wall and called in the fire. Firefighters opened the wall and put out the fire. The fire is believed to have been electrical in nature and damage was estimated at $35,000. Four trucks and 17 firefighters were on the scene for just over an hour.
A driver complained of pain after her vehicle hit a deer Wednesday morning in Cuzco. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office 52 year old Kimberly Jones of Dubois was southbound on Cuzco Road South in a 2010 Ford Escort when at 6:30 a.m. the accident occurred just past County Road 450N near Patoka Lake. Jones’ car struck a deer after it ran from the west side of the road into her lane. Jones complained of left wrist pain caused by the deployment of her car’s driver-side air bag and she sought medical attention on her own. Jones assisted in clearing the deer from the road after the accident. Damage was estimated to have exceeded $5,000.
Monday, August 19th, 2019
Two were arrested early Saturday after a Bedford Police officer stopped them for a traffic violation. According to Bedford Police, the officer stopped the red Chevrolet Cavalier after seeing the driver disregarded a stop sign at 8th and Q streets. The driver, later identified at Ethan Middleton, continued to drive until he stopped in the area of 6th and Q streets. As the officer stepped from his patrol vehicle, Middlton took off driving again east disregarding the police vehicle’s emergency lights and siren.The officer lost sight of the Cavalier near 6th and G streets. The car was eventually located down an embankment where it appeared to be involved in an accident. A female passenger started walking towards the officer stated there was another female involved, 18-year-old Lindsey McCutchen of Brazil, but she took off running with Middleton. Officers located McCuthchen walking near the accident scene. Officers requested an ambulance to perform a medical evaluation on both female passengers who were complaining of pain. The ambulance crew cleared both females medically. A short time later, a Bedford dispatcher received a call from 18-year-old Ethan Middleton who was wanting to speak with an officer. Officers located Middleton, and he was arrested on charges of resisting arrest, being an unlicensed driver and leaving the scene of an injury accident. Middleton was issued citations for disregarding a stop sign, fictitious registration, unsafe speed, and reckless driving. McCutchen was also arrested on a charge of resisting arrest. The other female was released.
A driver in Johnson County was pulled over and got a ticket for littering after a dirty diaper hit an Indiana State Police trooper’s vehicle. According to the IndyStar news, Sgt. Stephen Wheeles was driving on I-65 when a dirty diaper was thrown from the back seat of another car. According to Wheeles, the diaper hit his car which prompted the traffic stop and citation. The litterer was the backseat passenger of the car. According to Wheeles, he was heading home after working the Indiana State Fair, tired, and wasn’t really expecting it. It hit his patrol car and bounced a couple of times and prompted the stop.
Two Jackson County women were injured in a house fire Friday night. According to a spokeswoman with Eskenazi Hospital, 85-year-old R. Jean Brock, is listed in fair condition. She and 64-year-old Brenda Jackson were in the house at the time of the fire. Both suffered smoke inhalation and burns in a fire in the 2000 block of Lakeview Drive in the Oxmoor housing addition in Seymour. One of the women told police a cigarette could have started the fire that was reported at 8:12 p.m. Friday. Officials say the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Friday, August 16th, 2019
A Jackson County man was killed in a crash Tuesday afternoon. According to a Jackson County police report, . At around 4:44PM, 34 year old Sarah Hammond, of Brownstown was driving an SUV and told officers she initially saw 61 year old Larry Parker of Brownstown driving a UTV north on County Road 450W . Hammond said she believed he would stop because he was approaching the intersection where she had the right of way. She attempted to turn right at the last moment to avoid the crash but was unsuccessful. The impact of the crash caused Parker’s vehicle to leave the roadway and come to rest in a yard north of the scene. Officers removed the top of the vehicle to perform first aid efforts on Parker. Parker suffered head trauma, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Hammond was wearing her seat belt and had two small children who were restrained in their vehicle. All were taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Parker was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The accident remains under investigation by Jackson County police.
Barely into the new school year, the Paoli Junior-Senior High School Principal has resigned his position. Chad Johnson, informed the Paoli School Board during its Monday meeting and it is effective immediately. Paoli Schools Superintendent Greg Walker said that he accepted Johnson’s resignation on Aug. 9th. An interim principal will be appointed, and will serve in that position. Walker stated that Johnson has left to seek other opportunities.
Thursday, August 15th, 2019
A Bedford man was air lifted to the hospital for a head injury Wednesday morning after a crash in Bedford. According to a Bedford Police Department crash report at 7:28 a.m 32 year old William Mathews of Bedford, was traveling east on John Williams Boulevard in a 2006 Kenworth T300 registered to B&D Waste Removal. Mathews told police 48 year old Randy Norman’s 1997 Jeep Wrangler cut him off heading north on R Street. He said he attempted to stop, but was unable to do so. The Fire Department was needed on the scene to extricate Norman from his Jeep. Norman suffered a head injury and was unresponsive, but breathing. An Indiana University Bedford Hospital ambulance took him to the hospital before he was airlifted. Marijuana was found inside Norman’s vehicle by police. The crash resulted in around $10,000 to $25,000 in damage.
Two people were hurt after a three vehicle crash on Tuesday morning on State Road 37 in Bedford. According to a Lawrence County Police report 28 year old Arnold Lagle of Williams, was traveling north on State Road 37 in a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu around 6:31 a.m. with 20 year old Emilee Amburgey of Bedford traveling behind him in a 2016 Jeep. Lagle told police Amburgey was traveling very close to him and had been for several miles. Traffic began to slow in front of Lagle and as his car slowed he was struck from behind by Amburgey. According to Amburgey her brakes were not working at the time of the incident. After the collision the Jeep was hit by 59 year old Michael Terrell of Bedford driving a 2004 Ford F-150. Terrell said that he could not get his truck stopped in time when the two vehicles crashed and hit the back of Amburgey. A passenger in Arnold Lagel’s car 24 year old Haylee Lagle and Amburgey both complained of neck pain following the incident.
Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 P.M, Trooper Hurley with the Indiana State Police was patrolling in Oaktown in Knox County when he observed the driver of a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche driving left of center on Maple Street. The driver was stopped and identified as 51 year old Ron Howson Jr. of Sullivan. Trooper Hurley detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage and observed signs of impairment. Field sobriety tests conducted on scene indicated Howson was impaired. While Howson was being transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes for a chemical test he started yelling and spitting. Howson was told to stop, but he continued to yell and spit toward Trooper Hurley. When they arrived at the hospital Howson refused to exit and had to be pulled from the vehicle. Howson continued to be disorderly and made several threats toward Trooper Hurley. Further investigation at the hospital revealed Howson had a blood alcohol content of .32%. He was transported to the Knox County Jail where he continued to be uncooperative. Howson was charged with felony counts of Battery with a bodily fluid on a Law Enforcement Officer, Intimidation of a Law Enforcement Officer and misdemeanor counts of Driving while intoxicated and Disorderly Conduct.
Wednesday, August 14th, 2019
A Mitchell man was arrested Friday after he allegedly molested an 8 year old girl. According to a Lawrence Superior Court I probable cause affidavit Indiana State Police received information on July 29 about a molesting incident. The wife of 26 year old Steven Terrell of Mitchell said an 8 year-old girl came to her four days before and told her Terrell touched her in a sexual manner. The girl was interviewed by police and she said she and Terrell talked about sex and he asked if she would like him to touch her. The girl alleged Terrell took her to his garage so no one would see what was happening. In the garage, she said Terrell molested her. Police interviewed Terrell admitted he touched her sexually but did not have intercourse with her. He told police this was only time something such as this has occurred. Terrell is facing a charge of child molesting. He was booked into the Lawrence County jail.
A Bedford man was arrested after a domestic dispute Sunday afternoon in Bedford. Police were called to the 500 block of 18th street in Bedford at 4:30 p.m. after a report of a domestic fight. Police spoke to a female on the scene who told police that 25 year-old Johnny Gibson had hurt her and left the scene on a bicycle. The woman said when she was doing laundry in the basement of the home Gibson started an argument with her. While arguing with the woman allegedly Gibson placed both his hands on her shoulders, pressing down hard and shoved her, leaving red marks on her shoulders. The woman then dialed 911. Gibson attempted to take the phone from her while she made the call. Officers found Gibson a few blocks from home intoxicated. He said he didn’t touch the woman but he did admit to being high on meth. He was arrested on charges of public intoxication and domestic battery.
A Romania native was taken into custody Sunday night after he was accused of using gift cards to take money out of an ATM illegally. After a report of suspicious activity police went to the IU Credit Union on 17th Street at 8:47 p.m. in Bloomington. An employee reported multiple ATM transactions with someone using cards with no microchip to withdraw large amounts of money. Police saw 43 year old Cristian Darla walking away from the credit union when they arrived. Police stopped Darla and found four Walmart gift cards with four-digit codes written on the back and $1,500 in $20 bills in his pockets. Darla was unable to speak English so officers used a police department English assistance phone line to translate. Darla admitted to using the cards to withdraw money from the ATM and security footage also captured Darla withdrawing the money. Darla was arrested on charges of fraud and defrauding a financial institution. Police think Darla bought the gift cards knowing he could delete the gift card information using computer software. Police say debit or credit card information and matching PIN numbers can be bought on the darknet where money is then loaded onto the gift cards through the black magnetic strips on the back making them work like a debit or credit card.
Tuesday, August 13th, 2019
Lightning from a storm this morning caused an attic fire at a home in Jasper. The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department was called to the home of Peter and Karen Legris at 988 N. Evergreen Drive at 6:15 a.m in Jasper. Firefighters credit the activation of the home’s smoke detectors in alerting the three adults and three children inside to successfully exit to safety. The resident did not know the reason the detectors’ activated while checking the house until they got outside. Once outside, flames were seen shooting out of one of the roof sections. Firefighters gained access to the attic and deployed two water extinguishers containing a firefighting agent that renders things it is sprayed on nonflammable. A thermal camera was used to ensure all hot spots in the attic were extinguished. The residents were able to return inside the home, although the lightning strike did cause additional damage to some electronics and electrical system components. Damage was estimated between $15,000 and $20,000. Five trucks and 27 firefighters were on the scene for about 45 minutes. The Jasper Police Department assisted, as did a Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services ambulance that was on standby at the scene.
Two men were arrested after a disturbance Thursday night that led to shots being fired in a Bloomington home. The confrontation happened about 8:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of West Third Street, near the intersection with Buckner Street and across from Rose Hill Cemetery in Bloomington. According to police several people called 911 to report multiple shots were fired. Police say two men 23 year old David Stout and 26 year old Savon Phillips both of Bloomington got into an argument over Phillips’ girlfriend’s missing WIC card. Both drew their handguns and began firing. Stout chased Phillips out of the house, firing his gun at him as he fled. Phillips fired back toward the house and then got into a car with his girlfriend and two small children. Phillips drove to his house and called the police. The children were not injured after bullets hit the rear glass of the vehicle and shattering it causing glass fragments to fly in the child car seats. The children were taken to the hospital and later released to their grandmother. Police obtained search warrants and recovered both guns and arrested both men. Police also collected 20 empty shell casings from inside and outside the house. Stout faces charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. He is being held without bond because he is on probation on a disorderly conduct conviction. Phillips is charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and gun possession by a serious violent felon.
Police took a man into custody Monday on charges of attempted robbery, domestic battery and other offenses in Huntingburg. Huntingburg Police were called at 11:21 a.m. to the report of a domestic battery in progress. Officers located a woman with visible injuries who was evaluated in the back of an ambulance. The woman accused 33 year old Walter Delgado of Huntingburg had struck her and attempted to grab her wallet when children were present. According to police the victim had a protective order against Delgado who had been investigating alleged violations of that order by Delgado since late July. Authorities booked Delgado into the Dubois County Jail at 1:23 p.m. Monday on felony charges of attempted robbery, domestic battery, intimidation and a misdemeanor charge of invasion of privacy. Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted at the scene.
Monday, August 12th, 2019
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road vehicle (ORV) accident in which one adult male was arrested. The accident occurred early Sunday morning at approximately 3:00 a.m in Morgantown. 24 year old Tracy Luckey, of Nineveh, was operating an ORV on private property in a wooded area. For reasons not yet known, the ORV flipped over pinning Luckey underneath and leaving him unconscious. Luckey refused medical treatment at the scene but was taken into custody by a Conservation Officer and remanded to the Brown County Jail for operating while intoxicated (OWI). The cause of the accident is still being investigated, but alcohol appears to have been involved. The victim was not wearing a helmet or proper safety equipment.
A bicyclist was killed in an accident on Mitchell Road near Abel Avenue, Friday at approximately 9:48 p.m. According to Bedford Police Department, 29-year-old Ethan A. Hunter, of Bedford, was driving a 2017 Kia Forte; southbound on Mitchell Road. The bicyclist 36-year-old Steven O. Buschard, of Bedford was pushing his bicycle south on Mitchell Road when he was struck by the car. Hunter told police he was in the far right-hand lane, of Mitchell Road headed traveling south. Police say Buschard was walking his bike along the southbound lane of Mitchell Road. Hunter told police he did not see Buschard until it was too late. Witnesses reported that the driver hit the bicyclist, who was walking off the roadway while in the ditch, and the vehicle struck him while he was in the ditch. However, due to the damages of the car, and no tire tracks in the grass, the police believe it was inconsistent with what happened. Buschard died at the scene. Hunter submitted to a blood draw for alcohol and drugs, which is standard practice following a fatal accidents. They do not believe he was impaired at the time of the crash. Test results are pending. Bedford Police, Bedford Fire Department, AMR Ambulance, Lawrence County Coroners Office, and Mikel’s Wrecker responded to the incident.
Friday, August 9th, 2019
A Bedford man was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Old State Road 37, Thursday afternoon. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department report, Police say 26-year-old Dylan Ross of Bedford was traveling south on Old State Road 37 in a 2002 Honda Civic when he exited the roadway on the right side of the road at 2439 of Old State Road 37. The car went through the grass in front of the home, then back onto the roadway. It began spinning counter-clockwise across all lanes of travel. The vehicle then entered the outside lane of northbound Old State Road 37 and the driver over-corrected steering the car to the right. This caused the car to spin clockwise in front of a 2005 Chevrolet pickup driven by 42-year-old Robert Cliff, of Bedford. Cliff saw the on-coming car and attempted to stop his pickup and steer to the left, but was unable to avoid the collision. The truck struck the car in the driver’s side door. After the crash, both vehicles came to a stop about two feet apart. Cliff suffered an eye and foot injury and was transported by a police officer to a local hospital for a blood-alcohol draw, which is standard procedure for after a fatal accident, and treatment. Ross was freed from the wreckage by Marshall Volunteer Fire Department firefighters and died at the scene from internal head injuries.
At approximately 2:00 a.m. on Friday, August 9th, the Scott County Sheriff's Department responded to a single-vehicle crash on North Main Street near Rose Walk Road, just north of Scottsburg. When officers arrived on the scene, they found Black 2002 Ford Explorer in a field to the east side of the roadway. The vehicle had extensive damage, and multiple occupants had been ejected. The sheriff's department requested the assistance of Indiana State Police crash investigators who quickly responded and assumed the investigation. Two of the seven occupants were trapped inside the vehicle requiring extrication before being rushed to Scott County Memorial Hospital. Both were later flown to University of Louisville (UofL) Hospital and are in stable condition. A preliminary investigation reveals that the Ford Explorer was southbound on Main St. approaching Rose Walk Road. For an unknown reason, the vehicle left the east side of the roadway at an excessive rate of speed. The car overturned several times before coming to rest in an upright position and facing north in a field off the east side of Main Street. None of the seven occupants were wearing a seatbelt, and all five of the ejected occupants were pronounced dead on the scene, including a 16-year-old female. The four deceased adult occupants have been identified as 18 year old, Jeremiah Akers, of Deputy; 18 year old Christopher Dry, of Indianapolis; 22 year old Wandella Brown, of Austin; and 20 year old Elizabeth Wagner, of Lexington, Indiana. It is believed Wandella Brown was the driver at the time of the crash. 20 year old Adam Parker, of Austin was flown to UofL Hospital in Stable condition and is the owner of the vehicle. 21 year old Shelby Griffin, of Texas was also flown to UofL Hospital in stable condition.This crash is still under investigation. Family members of the deceased have been notified. Indiana State Police crash reconstructionists were assisted by units from the Scott County Sheriff's Department, the Scottsburg Fire Department, Scott County EMS, the Austin Police Department, and the Scott County Coroner.
A 12-year-old Lawrence County juvenile was taken to a Bedford hospital after a vehicle he was driving crashed at the intersection of State Road 60 and Hickory Street, west of Campbellsburg. According to a Washington County Sheriff’s Department Facebook post, the boy drove into the opposite lane, over-corrected and ran into a ditch. The vehicle overturned multiple times during the crash. The boy’s parents took him to a Bedford hospital because of non-life-threatening injuries. Washington County EMS, Campbellsburg Fire Department and Howell’s Wrecker Service assisted at the scene.
Monday, August 5th, 2019
A Daviess County man, facing charges in connection with the death of an infant, entered a not guilty plea during his initial hearing in Martin Circuit Court last week. The court held an initial hearing for 26 year old Bobby Leighty, of Washington. He has been formally charged with neglect causing serious bodily injury in connection with the death of one month old Kyson Jones of Loogootee. During the initial hearing Leighty requested a pauper attorney, and one was appointed for him. A trial date of January 28, 2020, was set. Neglect of a dependent causing serious bodily injury is a level three felony. If convicted Leighty faces possible prison time of three to 14 years and a possible $10,000 fine. Indiana State Police investigators have indicated they are preparing a case with additional evidence to amend Leighty's charge to neglect resulting in death and possible additional charges. A level one felony carries a possible sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Friday, August 2nd, 2019
Paoli Police have now released the names of the those found during a welfare check on July 31st. According to information released by the department shortly before 5 p.m. Aug. 1, following the conclusion of autopsies, 28 year old Amber Tracy, and her husband, 29 year old William Tracy, 29, died of gunshot wounds. Police have ruled Amber Tracy’s manner of death a homicide and William Tracy’s a suicide. Paoli Police were called Wednesday morning to an address at 615 SW 1st street in Paoli for a welfare check on the Tracys. At the home police discovered the bodies of both William and Amber. Investigators estimate that the Tracys died at approximately 2:30 a.m. July 31.
Thursday, August 1st, 2019
Bloomington police are looking for a woman who stole more than $915 worth of electric toothbrush heads and hair loss products from the CVS on North College Avenue on Monday afternoon. According to Bloomington Police, a CVS employee called police reporting the crime at 2:15 p.m. The woman stole $316.44 in hair loss products and $598.83 in toothbrush replacement heads. Footage was captured of the woman on security camera. Police say she is a white female in her 30s and was wearing a black shirt with gray pants and carrying a large tan bag. The woman entered CVS at 1:26 p.m., bought a $2.14 pair of socks and exited the store at 1:33 p.m. Police are trying to identify the suspect anyone with information is asked to call the Bloomington Police Department.
A Daviess County man was arrested Tuesday which ended a 10-month child molestation investigation by the Washington Police Department. 33 year old John Ward of Washington, was arrested Tuesday and is facing felony charges of child molesting and sexual misconduct. Washington City Police allege the events took place with the same victim from the time she was 13 until she turned 16 from April 2012 through April 2014. Police began their investigation after the alleged victim, who is now 20, reported the crimes. Police say the alleged molesting began when she was visiting a family member and was in junior high school when it began. She came forward when she turned 18 because she knew Ward was being released from jail soon and feared he would begin molesting a 13-year-old relative. Ward has been jailed at the Daviess County Security Center since Sept. 2017 on charges of dealing meth and a petition to revoke sentence after he was stopped for driving while intoxicated.
The Salvation Army is teaming up with the Paoli and Spencer Walmarts for a “Stuff the Bus” campaign this Saturday to provide school supplies for children in those communities. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.,Saturday. Walmart shoppers online and in-store will receive a list of suggested supplies to help fill The Salvation Army’s bus or collection bin. Walmart and The Salvation Army have collaborated for more than 30 years with a common mission: To meet needs in their local communities. Supporters like Walmart help The Salvation Army serve more than 23 million Americans each year through a range of social services to help them overcome poverty and economic hardships.
Wednesday, July 31st, 2019
Three people were arrested last week in Paoli for allegedly using and distributing methamphetamine in Orange County. Police began investigating a Paoli man in March who was said to be involved in the distribution and sale of methamphetamine within Paoli and Orange County. Officers learned during the investigation the suspect was traveling to Louisville, Kentucky, to purchase the illegal drug and would distribute it when he returned to Orange County. After the investigation was complete, Paoli police officers made arrangements with Louisville police and Orange County Sheriff's Department deputies to make contact with the suspect upon his return to Paoli from Louisville. At 9:23 p.m. July 23, Paoli police officers stopped the suspect's vehicle. The suspect, identified as 44 year old Aaron "Gus" Kellams, was driving and his two passengers in the car 37 year old Kimberly Scott and 64 year old Richard Wilder all of Paoli. K-9 Finn conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle, and Finn gave a positive alert, indicating the presence of drugs. A search yielded about 9 grams of methamphetamine, several controlled substance pills, a digital scale and other drug paraphernalia. All three people were taken to the Orange County Jail following their arrests. Kellams was charged with felony counts of dealing more than 5 grams of meth and maintaining a common nuisance. Scott faces felony counts of dealing more than 5 grams of meth and possession of meth. Wilder faces misdemeanor charges of possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and visiting a common nuisance.
Police arrested a Bloomington man in connection with the death of an infant. On Tuesday, at 5:31 p.m., officers responded to the IU Health Bloomington Hospital Emergency Department regarding a two-month old infant that had been brought to the hospital. The child was dead by the time the officers arrived. Emergency Department staff noticed several inconsistencies in statements made by members of the infant’s family. An examination of the child revealed visible injuries to the child’s face. Police began interviewing family members and found the child’s father 19 year old Dakota King of Bloomington had yelled at the baby and squeezed him due to his crying. King then allegedly placed the infant face-down in a bassinet and shoved the infant’s face into bedding in an attempt to get the baby to stop crying. A search warrant for the apartment where the child lived was obtained for the apartment located in the 1500 block of West Kirkwood Avenue. Police discovered a reddish-brown stain in the baby’s bassinet. The stain appeared to be blood which was consistent with the injuries on the child’s face. Police interviewed King who admitted that he had gotten angry earlier in the day when the child spit up milk on his clothing. King said he placed the infant in the bassinet and placed his hands on the back of the infant’s head to hold the child down to stop the child from crying. King left the infant in the bassinet until the mother returned home from work and discovered that the infant did not appear to be breathing. Kingwas arrested and booked into the Monroe County Jail at 12:20 a.m. today on a charge of murder. Results of an autopsy done this morning list the cause of death as asphyxiation and the manner of death as homicide.
Tuesday, July 30th, 2019
Washington County Prosecutor Dustin Houchin released his report of findings into the investigation of the police-involved shooting which occurred on July 3, 2019, in Salem. The report reveals that a single officer, Chief Joey Wheeler, a 20 year veteran of the Salem Police Department, fired his department-issued weapon, striking and killing 53 year old Mark Naugle of Scottsburg. The prosecutor stated the Indiana State Police completed a thorough and independent investigation and that he finds Chief Wheeler "acted in accordance [with his] training and in compliance with Salem Police Department standard operating procedures using deadly force in carrying out his duties as a sworn law enforcement officer". The initial evidence and investigation revealed that shortly before 2 p.m., on July 3rd Salem Police arrived on fairgrounds property to investigate a suspicious person call involving a male subject. Officers eventually located Naugle standing in the creek which borders the property. During the encounter, Wheeler fired his weapon, striking and killing Naugle.
A Springville woman pleaded guilty to stealing more than $11,000 from a Bloomfield busisness in which she was employed. 28 year old Amber Ankney of Springville was charged with 12 counts of forgery and theft. She entered into a negotiated plea agreement and earlier this month and pleaded guilty of two felony counts of theft and the other counts were dismissed. Ankney was sentenced to two years on each count. All but 180 days were suspended, leaving her to serve 360 days and she was given credit for 69 days already served. she will be placed on three years on supervised probation and serving her time. She was also ordered to pay the amount of $1,000 to Austin Memorial Arts and also $10,153.76 to the Erie Insurance Company. According to police the theft occurred between June of last year and February. The owner of the business said that when he noticed the missing money he reviewed records and discovered payroll checks had been written that should not have been issued. The checks were written to Amber Ankney in various amounts. Ankney admitted to writing checks, payable to herself claiming two male co-workers had threatened her and her family if she did not write the checks and give them the money. She told police she wrote the checks, deposited them into her own account than her debit card to withdraw the money from the fraudulent checks to give to these co-workers but Ankney’s bank records don’t show her ever withdrawing the funds in the check amounts. The co workers told police they knew nothing about the checks and had never threatened Ankney or her family and had never received any money from her. On April 11, Ankney was questioned again, saying she had made up the story and admitted to stealing the money for herself.
Police responded to a report of a man unable to stand at a Jasper CVS Monday night which led to an arrest . Jasper Police went to CVS Pharmacy in Jasperand found 35 year old Brian Smith of Jasper sitting in a chair in a medicine aisle. Smith appeared confused, disoriented, had poor balance and had difficulty answering questions according to police. He stated he had driven to CVS but was not taking any substances other than prescription medications. A blood draw at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center allegedly found methamphetamine, amphetamines, opiates and ecstasy in Smith’s system. Smith was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 3:12 a.m. today on misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated and public intoxication.
Monday, July 29th, 2019
A Morgan county girl was killed Sunday evening when she was struck by the propeller of a boat. According to reports, 8 year old Callee Crones-Arias of Martinsville was boating with her father and friends on Monroe Lake and was wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident. She was transported to IU Health Bloomington where she was pronounced dead. The details of this accident are still under investigation and will be released as they become available. Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted at the scene by Monroe County Sheriff Department, Monroe County Coroner’s Office, IU Health EMS and Monroe Fire Territory.
Indiana State Police will seek to amend a Washington man’s neglect charge after the death Friday of a 1-month-old male infant. According to Indiana State Police, they allege that on Tuesday, 26 year old Bobby Leighty, of Washington, was the caretaker of 1-month-old Kyson Jones, of Loogootee, when the infant became unresponsive sometime after noon. Leighty contacted family members who arrived at the residence a short time later. Family members then contacted 911 due to Kyson still being unresponsive. Kyson was initially transported to the Daviess Community Hospital before being transferred to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis via helicopter, where he remained until Friday. State police say Kyson was removed from life support and pronounced dead at Riley Hospital Friday. Leighty was initially arrested and booked into the Martin County Jail on a Level 3 felony count of neglect causing serious bodily injury. Investigators say they will present additional evidence to the Martin County Prosecutor’s Office in efforts to amend Leighty’s charge to a Level 1 felony count of neglect resulting in death, plus any other applicable charges.
A Dubois County man is facing a theft charge after trying to steal from the Jasper Walmart. According to reports, Jasper Police were dispatched to the Jasper Walmart Thursday evening in reference to a possible shoplifter. When arriving on the scene, Walmart Asset Protection had already detained 49-year-old Tommy Critchfield of Jasper. Critchfield was found to be switching price tags on multiple items and concealing other items on his person. Critchfield was arrested and then booked into the Dubois County Jail and charged with theft.
Friday, July 26th, 2019
A Washington man was incarcerated on a rape charge yesterday in Daviess County. 27 year old Jean Gary Honore of Washington was arrested by police after a warrant was issued by Daviess Superior Court. According to a probable cause affidavit police began working on the case May 18 when they responded to a suspicious person call. Police stopped the woman who said a friend of hers had called and claimed she had been raped and the woman was going to visit her. At the scene police found a woman who claimed she had been forced to have sex with a man she called "Benjy." Witnesses said that they had observed the victim and the man they called "Junior" kissing before they had left the room. Police traveled to the Daviess Community Hospital where the woman was examined by medical professionals. The victim told police that she tried to get her attacker off of her, and that she told him "no" several times and he would not stop. Police showed the woman a photo lineup and she identified Honore as her attacker. Honore was booked into the Daviess County Jail where he is being held on $100,000 bond.
A Bloomington man was arrested after he allegedly threw a 4-month-old puppy against a wall. Police arrested 21-year-old Hayden Miller on a warrant that was issued on July 19 on one count of animal abuse. Police started their investigation on June 26th after a person at an apartment complex in the 500 block of Muller Parkway in Bloomington called police after hearing loud thuds and a dog crying in pain. When police arrived at the apartment they found Miller who told them the puppy had peed on his bed so he punished him. Miller told police he put his dog Max’s nose in the urine and smacked him on the rear. According to police the dog was limping and was afraid of Miller. An animal control officer was sent to take custody of the dog. The dog was taken to a local vet who said the dog was bleeding from both his eyes and found bruising inside the puppy’s ears and the ear canals. The injuries were the result of head trauma or strangulation according to the vet. Miller appeared for his initial hearing in Monroe Circuit Court 9 on Thursday and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. A pretrial conference is set for September 24, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 25th, 2019
On Monday, after investigating a tip of the sale and distribution of methamphetamine on “M” Street involving 44 year old David Smith, of Bedford, Detectives with the Indiana State Police established probable cause for obtaining a search warrant for the residence. ISP Detectives, along with Troopers Sgt. Greg Day and Caleb Garvin, executed the search warrant that same afternoon. Upon entry into the homee, troopers observed drugs and paraphernalia in plain view. They also located 31 year old Kelby Root Smith, of Bedford, 33 year old Durant Hillenburg, of Bedford and 25 year old Shelby Horton, also of Bedford. Two children were also in the residence, an 11 year old and a 2 year old. During the search, troopers located methamphetamine with the drug paraphernalia, along with other evidence of dealing. Interviews were conducted with all of the adults at the residence. The Department of Children Services responded to the scene and removed the children from the home. The investigation resulted in the arrests of Smith, Root, Hillenburg and Horton. All were then booked into the Lawrence County Jail.
Three people were arrested on meth charges after an Indiana State Police trooper pulled their vehicle over on Saturday afternoon at Johnny Junxions. According to police reports, A 2002 Chevrolet Trail Blazer was pulled over after the trooper realized that the driver 32-year-old Sarah Brazzell, of Mitchell did not have a valid driver’s license. During the traffic stop, an officer noticed a “marijuana smoking device” lying in the passenger seat. Police searched the vehicle and found meth in a Plano box, in addition to plastic baggies and a black safe. Passengers 20 year-old Machenzie Henderson of Bedford, and 27-year-old Cory Lee, of Mitchell told police they were the owners of the safe. Police say they both had a key to that safe. In the safe, officers found a plastic box containing meth and a booklet with weight amounts and prices inside the safe. Arrested was Brazzell, Henderson, and Lee and they were then booked into the Lawrence County Jail.
The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced a lane closure for State Road 545 in northeastern Dubois for a bridge rehab project. Beginning on or around Thursday, Aug. 1, contractors will begin phase one of the project to rehabilitate the bridge spanning the Patoka River on S.R. 545 about 2.5 miles south of S.R. 56. During the first phase, the northbound lane will be closed for joint replacement and the southbound lane will be restricted to a 12-foot lane. During the project, the restrictions will be in place around the clock. Work is expected to last until the beginning of September, weather permitting. INDOT urges drivers to slow down and stay alert near crews.
Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
A Paoli man was arrested last Wednesday after he was accused of shoplifting from the Walmart in Paoli at 8 p.m. According to a police report an employee from Walmart contacted the police and told them he witnessed 21 year old Alexander Bye of Paoli place a bottle of alcohol into a jacket pocket and leave the store without paying for it. As the police were on their way to the scene they saw Bye walking south on the sidewalk near Sandy Hook Road and matching the description provided by the employee. Police made contact with Bye and performed an outer clothing pat search. They felt a large glass bottle full of liquid that was identified to be a bottle of Jack Daniels Fire Whiskey on Bye’s person. Bye is charged with a felony count of theft. Bye was arrested and taken to the Orange County Jail.
A pregnant woman was arrested after she was accused of battering a woman on Locust Road Friday in Heltonville. According to a Lawrence Superior Court I probable cause affidavit at 12:36 a.m. 911 was called by a woman to report a woman battered her and took her pills in the first block of Locust Road. Police were told by the woman that she confronted 26 year old Jasmine Streets of Heltonville about missing medication, which resulted in Streets allegedly shoving her and hitting her on the head, which resulted in a contusion. Police spoke to Streets and said the woman confronted her about the pills but claimed she had not taken any medication. Streets told police the confrontation made her angry which caused her to push and hit the woman. Children were at the home and the Department of Child Services was alerted about the incident. Streets was booked into the Lawrence County jail on a count of domestic battery.
A Norman man was taken to the hospital after crashing into a utility pole Monday night on Norman Road in Heltonville. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department accident report at 5:44 p.m., 32-year-old Brent Restall of Norman told police he was traveling on Norman Road, near U.S. 50 East, in a blue 1998 Ford F-150. He said his accelerator became stuck which caused him to reach high speeds until the truck struck a utility pole. Restall suffered abdominal pain, shoulder pain and a large cut to his head. He was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital after the crash. While at the scene, police found a cell phone and alleged that it appeared Restall was using the cell phone at the time of the crash. According to police Restall had apparently been drinking. A blood test is currently pending.
Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019
Three people were arrested on drug charges on Saturday in Judah. According to a Lawrence Superior Court II probable cause affidavit at 3:39 p.m police officer pulled over a maroon 2002 Chevrolet Trail Blazer in the parking lot at Johnny Junxions in Judah because the driver 32 year old Sarah Brazzell of Mitchell allegedly did not have a valid driver's license after he checked the vehicle's registry information. Brazzell handed police an Indiana identification card because she did not have a valid driver's license. During the stop police allegedly noticed a "marijuana smoking device" lying in the passenger's seat next to passenger 20 year old Mackenzie Henderson of Judah. When police searched the vehicle they found meth, plastic baggies and a black safe. Henderson and another passenger Cory Lee of Mitchell told police they were the owners of the safe and both had a key. Officers found a plastic box containing meth and a booklet with weight amounts and prices in the Safe. Henderson and Lee are facing charges of dealing meth, possession of meth, possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, Brazzell was also preliminary charged with a single possession of meth charge. Henderson, Lee and Brazzell were booked into the Lawrence County jail.
Indiana Conservation Officers’ investigation into a series of illegal trash dumps has resulted in the arrest of 27 year old Andrew Masterson of Huntingburg. In early May, Conservation Officers located four separate illegal trash dumps near the Dubois and Pike county line. A series of interviews with landowners and possible suspects revealed that Masterson had been removing trash from a property in exchange for scrap metal. The property owner believed the trash was going to a landfill; however, it was found that at least 40 bags of trash had been dumped illegally on private property in multiple locations. The investigation also found that Masterson was operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, the vehicle used had false and fictitious license plates, and he was trespassing on the property where the trash was dumped. Charges were submitted and a warrant was issued for Masterson's arrest. On Saturday Jasper Police arrested Masterson on multiple active warrants. Masterson faces the following charges of Criminal Mischief, Criminal Trespass, Operating a Motor Vehicle While Suspended with a Prior Conviction, Littering, and Hindering a Conservation Officer.
Monday, July 22nd, 2019
Paoli Peaks in Orange County is one of many ski resorts across the country being sold to Vail Resorts, Inc. of Broomfield, Colorado. The company has agreed to purchase 100 percent of the outstanding stock of Peak Resorts Inc (Nasdaq: SKIS). The purchase price of approximately $264 million is subject to conditions and regulatory review, and Peak Resorts' shareholder approval. The acquisition will add these 17 ski areas to Vail's network: Mount Snow in Vermont, Hunter Mountain in New York , Attitash Mountain Resort, Wildcat Mountain and Crotched Mountain in New Hampshire , Liberty Mountain Resort, Roundtop Mountain Resort, Whitetail Resort, Jack Frost and Big Boulder in Pennsylvania, Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine and Mad River Mountain in Ohio, Hidden Valley and Snow Creek in Missouri , Paoli Peaks in Indiana. The transaction is expected to be complete this fall and the company is expected to retain a majority of the employees at each resort.
July 18th through the 20th, the ISP Bloomington District along with other district troopers participated in patrols in conjunction with the 2019 “ABATE Boogie” in Lawrence County. These special patrols took place during the afternoon and evening hours of July 18th, 19 th and 20th as well as the day time hours of July 21. The patrols generated 31 traffic tickets, 124 traffic warnings, 2 OWI arrests, 50 criminal arrests, 22 felony criminal arrests and 21 criminal defendants. Arrests that were made during the patrol included; Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Methamphetamine, Felony Warrant Service, OWI, Resisting Law Enforcement (Vehicle & on Foot), Criminal Recklessness (Vehicle), Reckless Driving, False Informing/Reporting, Perjury and Possession of Controlled Substance (Pills).
A Lawrence County woman arrested by Bedford police this morning. According to police, 53-year-old Darlene Arnold of Springville was arrested after police were alerted she was driving on a suspended driver’s license. Officers originally stopped her vehicle for having no license plate light and making unsafe lane movement. While speaking to Arnold, She tried to conceal a white pill. When asked about it, she tried to destroy the pill by smashing it with her foot on the ground. She was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrests, operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, obstruction of justice.
Friday, July 19th, 2019
Bedford Firefighters responded to an abandoned building fire Wednesday night. According to the Bedford Fire Department, they were called in at 9:45 p.m. and dispatchers sent all three stations to the call. a fire at 1830 10th Street that was located on the west side of the vacant building. The building once used by a stone company. Firefighters on scene for approximately three hours and had to stretch a long water line from a hydrant to the fire itself. A total of five trucks and 11 men battled the blaze.
A Lawrence County man was jailed Tuesday on drug dealing charges. According to police reports, Tuesday, Bedford officers were dispatched to the 2600 block of R Street after a fight was reported. Several residents in the area said 22-year-old Andrew R. Burris, of Bedford was involved and pointed in the direction of where he ran. Police allege he was hiding under a vehicle “a couple houses” away. Officers said he was covered in “blue-ish” paint and appeared to be intoxicated. According to a woman at the home where Burris was staying, he had a clear plastic bag labeled “100 Burr” that contained green pills, later identified as alprazolam. Police claim Burris admitted the pills belonged to him and a dealer told him to sell them. In the bag was 85 pills. Burris is facing charges of dealing in a Schedule IV controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal mischief, according to a Lawrence Superior Court I probable cause affidavit. Burris was then booked into the Lawrence County jail.
Dubois County sheriffs deputies have charged a Dubois County man with paraphernalia possession and maintaining a common nuisance after discoveries were made at his home earlier this week. According to a Dubois County Sheriff’s Office report, they were dispatched to 802 Hasenour Ave. in Jasper, the residence of 45-year-old Matt B. Leinenbach Tuesday while checking on people with active body attachment warrants. Deputies reported smelling the odor of burnt marijuana when taking Leinenbach into custody on the active warrant. A later search of the residence located multiple items of drug paraphernalia, according to the sheriff’s office. A warrant charging Leinenbach with a Level 6 felony count of maintaining a common nuisance and a misdemeanor count of possession of paraphernalia was issued Thursday out of Dubois Superior Court. Leinenbach was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 12:13 p.m. and posted a $500 bond later in the afternoon.
Thursday, July 18th, 2019
After an investigation found probable cause, a Brown County Search Warrant was issued Monday afternoon regarding alleged methamphetamine dealing for a residence on Plum Creek Road in Nashville. The search warrant for the residence also included 35 year old Christopher James, of Nashville allegedly dealing large amounts of meth from that location. Troopers and Detectives from the Indiana State Police, along with Deputies from the Brown County Sheriff Department, executed the search warrant. Once inside, James was found at the home. Troopers also located over 100 grams of a crystal substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. ecstasy, psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana, pills, six long guns, and four hand guns. James was transported and booked into the Brown County Jail. Troopers along with Brown County Deputies assisted at the scene.
A 17-year-old boy from Monroe County is charged with attempted murder in the stabbing of a 13-year-old girl at a summer camp at Indiana University. T he victim, a violin student from Florida, told police Dongwook Ko,of Bloomington, in 2018, lured her from her practice room inside the IU School of Music building to another floor under the pretense of meeting with her teacher. Instead, she said, the boy took her to a locker room and pinned her against a locker. She said she screamed and attempted to fight off Ko, eventually kicking him and causing him to fall. She said Ko pulled her to the ground with him, where they continued to fight before he choked her, grabbed a knife and stabbed her as she continued to scream. A university employee heard the screams and eventually separated Ko and the girl, allowing her to escape the locker room. The employee kept Ko from running off and he was eventually led downstairs were he was arrested. A camp counselor found the girl bleeding and called 911. EMS treated the girl for 10 smaller cuts and three large cuts to her left hand and leg that required stitches at the hospital. Ko is in the Monroe County Jail.
Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter, has promoted Sergeant Robbie Lambert to Jasper District Squad Leader. Lambert is a Paoli native and a 1999 graduate of Paoli High School. After graduating high school, Lambert attended Vincennes University for two years where he received an Associates Degree in Conservation Law Enforcement. Lambert then transferred to Indiana State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology. Lambert began his career with the Indiana State Police in October, 2005 after being selected to attend the 65th ISP Recruit Academy. After 23 weeks of arduous training, Lambert was appointed on April 9th, 2006 and was assigned to the Toll Road Post where he patrolled Gary IN. In 2007, Lambert transferred to the Jasper Post and was assigned to Orange County.
Monday, July 15th, 2019
A fire on Friday in the die cast area of Bedford’s General Motors PowerTrain Plant remains under investigation. According to reports, Bedford Firefighters were sent to the plant, which brought all three stations and other shifts in to be able to fight the blaze. Smoke billowed from the fire and could be seen for several miles from the plant. It took Firefighter’s a couple of hours to bring the blaze under control. The area where the fire was located was evacuated but the rest of the plant remained working and in place during the blaze. No one was injured in the blaze. According to employees, the fire started in a die cast machine and the fire went up into the ventilation system. Firefighters used an aerial truck to bring the fire under control. Bedford Fire Fighters were assisted by Bedford police and IU Health Bedford Ambulance Service.
A Brown County State Park visitor was bitten by a Copperhead snake Saturday. According to the park, the girl was playing with her friends at her campsite when she ran to the edge of the woods. That’s when she was bitten on the ankle by the snake. She was taken to Riley Hospital in Indy to be treated and expected to be okay. Copperhead venom is one of the least toxic of snake venoms in North America, but it can kill you if you don’t act quickly treat a copperhead bite.
The Dubois County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public’s help as deputies attempt to locate a stolen vehicle. The vehicle stolen is a grey 2008 Pontiac Torrent SUV with an Indiana plate number of MG171.The SUV taken during the early morning hours Saturday from a residence on County Road 735E, near Dubois-Cuzco Road, northeast of Dubois. Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Dubois County Central Dispatch at 812-482-9111. Anyone who sees the vehicle should report it to their local police agency, according to the sheriff’s office.
Friday, July 12th, 2019
Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced today that the state of Indiana is requesting a U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretarial disaster designation for 88 counties due to losses caused by flooding and excessive rain this planting season. The request was made today in a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and signed by Gov. Holcomb, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and Indiana Farm Service Agency Executive Director Steven Brown. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data shows that the past 12 months have been the wettest on record in the United States. A USDA disaster designation can be requested when at least 30 percent of one crop is damaged or lost in a county. Of the state’s 92 counties, 88 counties have reported data meeting that threshold. The designation would allow emergency low-interest loans to be made available to farmers. The low-interest financing can also be made to counties contiguous to counties in the disaster zone. The counties in our area included in the requested designation are: Orange, Crawford, Dubois, Jackson, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, and Washington Counties.
On Wednesday, Indiana State Troopers were conducting a traffic stop along SR 54 just west of Avoca on a 2007 Kia passenger car. Troopers immediately detected indicators of criminal activity. While a Trooper was speaking with the driver, identified as 32 year old Victor Roberts, of Owensburg, observed was the passenger, 39 year old Julia (Jacobs) Sowders, of Owensburg, reach on her person to attempt to hide a fairly large bag. Sgt. Day then opened the passenger door and asked Sowders to produce the bag. Sowders complied and when she did so, observed was a smaller plastic baggie with a crystal like substance sticking out of it. Further investigation revealed approximately 5 grams of methamphetamine packaged in baggies for sale, items of drug paraphernalia, digital scales, and several empty smaller baggies commonly used for drug packaging. Both Roberts and Sowders were arrested and booked into the Lawrence County Jail.
Jasper Police had to administer an overdose medication to an unresponsive driver following one car crash Thursday. According to Jasper Police, at around 11:55 a.m, they were dispatched to Westwood Boulevard and Village Court intersection following a report of a car-versus-pole accident. Officers arrived to find a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am facing east in the northbound lane of Westwood Boulevard. The car’s occupant, 36 year old Chase Langdon, of Jasper, was unresponsive and not breathing normally. Based on Langdon’s demeanor, he appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Officers then administered NARCAN, a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose, and Langdon then came back to a more normal state. Officers determined Langdon had used heroin just prior to driving and was also still in possession of heroin and a syringe. After being medically cleared, Langdon was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 4:28 p.m. on preliminary charges that included a Level 5 felony count of unlawful possession of a syringe, a Level 6 felony count of heroin possession and a misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated.
Thursday, July 11th, 2019
In May of this year, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police began an investigation into methamphetamine dealing taking place on Wesley Chapel Road. After receiving information that meth was allegedly being dealt there by 52-year-old Jerry Lemmons, Lawrence County Police Officer Andrew Tillett, and Indiana State Police conducted an exhaustive investigation that ended in the arrest of Lemmons. The lengthy investigation involved traffic stops, surveillance and multiple controlled buys of methamphetamine, resulting in probable cause that was established for the arrest. On July 9, Officer Tillett, along with ISP detectives, and troopers executed a search warrant at the Wesley Chapel Road residence. At the time, Lemmons was home and officers during the investigation, located a total of just less than 10 grams of meth and it was seized from Lemmons. Once the search warrant was executed, Lemmons was placed under arrest and booked into the Lawrence County Jail on charges of dealing meth, possession of meth and being a habitual offender.
Legendary Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight has purchased a home just three miles from Assembly Hall, where he coached for 29 years. Knight and his wife, signed property records last week for a 4,840-square-foot home in the Shadow Creek subdivision across from College Mall on Moore’s Pike. The home is a 5-bedroom, 3 and a half bath house and was purchased by the Knights on July 3. It’s unclear whether the Knights will be living in the home full time.
Wednesday, July 10th, 2019
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a fatal off-road vehicle accident near Eckerty in Crawford County. At approximately 11 a.m. yesterday 80 year old George Williams of Jeffersonville was traveling eastbound on Kaiser Road in a Bush Hog 440 side-by-side style ORV and was attempting to cross State Route 64 when he pulled out in front of a Dodge Caravan being driven by 77 year old Lawrence Gale Basham of Tell City who was traveling northbound on S.R. 64. Basham attempted to avoid the collision, but collided with Williams. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene. Basham was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital with leg pain. Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted by Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and EMS.
An Ambulance crew’s near collision Tuesday night led to an arrest of a man for impaired driving at the Dubois Crossroads in Dubois. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office an ambulance heading westbound on State Road 56 toward Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center reported dodging and narrowly avoiding a collision at 11:42 p.m. with a Ford 250 pickup truck that had been northbound on State Road 545. The truck came into the ambulance’s lane before speeding off westbound on State Road 56. Police stopped the pickup truck near U.S. 231 and County Road 400N after observing it going left of center and failing to signal a turn. According to police the driver 59 year old Nicholas Leidgen of Jasper showed signs of being intoxicated and the officer detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. Leidgen failed field sobriety testing and had a blood alcohol content that tested .136% on a portable breath test. Leiden declined to take a certified test. Leidgen was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 12:48 a.m. this morning on a misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated.
Police arrested an Evansville man into on a failure-to-appear warrant in a reckless driving case on Monday in Jasper. 24 year old Bryton Tucker of Evansville was summoned into court in March on a misdemeanor count of reckless driving after he was clocked traveling at 111 mph on Interstate 64 near the Ferdinand by an Indiana State Police trooper in the Dodge Neon he was driving on Jan. 23. His car did not have a license plate and Tucker did not have a driver’s license at that time and he was traveling with a small child in the vehicle. A warrant for failure-to-appear was issued on April 22 nd after Tucker didn’t show for two hearings in the case. Tucker was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 6:25 p.m. on Monday on the warrant. During a court appearance yesterday a court sentenced Tucker to four days in jail with a two-day jail credit. He was ordered to pay fines and costs in the amount of $221 as well.
Monday, July 8th, 2019
A Lawrence County woman was seriously injured in an off-road vehicle (ORV) accident Saturday in Martin County. According to conservation officers, 22-year-old Tyler George, of Springville, was operating a 2013 Polaris Ranger in a private field near Bear Hill Road in Shoals on Saturday at approximately 11 p.m. when the vehicle rolled over and threw 21-year-old Kaitlyn Pund also of Springville from the vehicle. Pund suffered serious injuries and was flown by Air Evac to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville for treatment. Pund was not wearing a seat belt when the incident occurred. The other two occupants were wearing seat belts. Assisting agencies at the scene were deputies with the Martin County Sheriff’s Dept., firefighters and first responders with the Shoals Fire Dept., Air Evac, and a Martin County Ambulance crew
One person was killed and another seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday morning in southern Spencer County. Indiana State Police report the crash that resulted in the death of an adult male occurred on State Road 161 near Spencer County Road 300S. Death notifications have been made but authorities have not yet released the identity of the person. The driver of the second vehicle in the accident reported just after 8AM also suffered life threatening injuries and was airlifted from the scene. Indiana State Police Detective and accident reconstructionist Josh Greer and Trooper and accident reconstructionist Ross Johnson were sent to the scene at the request of the Spencer County Sheriffs Department to assist with reconstructing the crash. The volunteer fire departments from Ohio Township and Luce Fire Territory, Spencer County Emergency Medical Services and STAT Flight also assisted.
Lt. Governor Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs has awarded five communities a grant to help celebrate Downtown Development Week. Downtown Development Week, will take place Oct. 7 – 12, 2019, and will honor Indiana’s cities and towns’ commitment to preserve and invest in their downtown. Communities across the state will host various events and activities to showcase the uniqueness of their downtowns and city centers. Five projects were selected from 16 submitted applications and will receive a grant to help fund the activities listed. City of Bedford, was awarded $1000.00 to Bedford Revitalization, Inc. It has planned a week-long celebration on the Downtown Square to celebrate the heart of Bedford and highlight the completion of the Stellar Communities projects which began in 2014. The events feature city and county government, local merchants and the County Museum that will bring the entire community together. Also 4 other communities, Edinburgh, Jeffersonville, Knightstown, Monticello were awarded monetary grants as well for projects in their communities. For more information, visit www.in.gov/ocra/2896.htm
Friday, July 5th, 2019
On Tuesday at 2 p.m., The Indiana State Police were dispatched to the area of the Washington County Fairgrounds in Salem after a report of an officer-involved shooting involving Salem city police officers. The initial evidence and investigation revealed that shortly before 2 p.m., two Salem City Police officers arrived on fairgrounds property to investigate a suspicious person call involving a male subject. Officers eventually located the subject, now identified as 53 year old Mark Naugle of Scottsburg, standing in the creek which borders the property. During the encounter, Naugle approached the officers brandishing a hammer and refused repeated commands to drop the hammer and stop approaching, prompting at least one Salem police officer to fire their weapon, striking and killing Naugle. Both police officers have been placed on administrative leave. This investigation is ongoing. Indiana State Police units were assisted by the Salem City Police Department, The Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Washington County EMS, and the Washington County Coroner's Office.
Around 10:30 a.m Thursday morning, a fire from a deep fryer caused significant damage to Pinky’s Pub on Paoli’s North side of the square. Paoli and French Lick Firefighters arrived on the scene to put out the blaze. According to business owner Bryan Wellman, a fire in a deep fryer caused the fire. He said he had the fire extinguishers as well as the fire suppression system to the deep fryer inspected last week and for some reason the fire suppression system to the deep fryer did not work. Wellman also said that he doesn’t know how long he will be closed. Wellman said he started the business in July of last year. Firefighters remained on the scene to make sure the fire did not spread to other business’s in the area. The Paoli Police Department and Orange County Police Department directed traffic around the square while firefighters worked the blaze. Orange County Emergency Management and Orange County EMS also responded to the blaze.
Wednesday at 1:00 pm, two people were arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop by an Indiana State Trooper on I-65 near Crothersville that led to the discovery of methamphetamine. The investigation began when Trooper Randel Miller conducted a traffic stop on a white 1991 Chevrolet truck on I-65 Northbound near the 36 mile marker in southern Jackson County for a traffic infraction. During the course of the traffic stop, Miller became suspicious of criminal activity. He deployed his drug detection K-9 Jinx, who alerted to the odor of drugs coming from the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, troopers located approximately 28 grams of suspected methamphetamine in the vehicle. Miller arrested the driver of the vehicle, 33 year old Ryan Plessinger of North Vernon and his passenger 57 year old Rose Victorino, of Crothersville. After being transported to the Jackson County Jail, Victorino was found to be in possession of approximately 40 additional grams of suspected methamphetamine that was concealed on her person. Both Plessinger and Victorino face felony charges of Dealing Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine.
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019
The suspect from a Monday night armed robbery at a gas station in Huntingburg was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon in Jasper. Jasper Police located the vehicle of the suspect identified as a 2007 Suzuki Forenza near the Sure Stay Plus hotel in Jasper at 3:03 p.m. The Jasper officers performed a traffic stop and took the suspect, 20 year old Collin Thomas of Spurgeon into custody. Police allege Thomas who was wearing a mask and all black clothing that included a Disney hoodie turned inside out, entered the Fast Track at 8:16 p.m. on Monday armed with a pump shotgun and demanded money from the register. He also allegedly attempted to break into the clerk’s office door until the clerk surrendered the cash drawer. Thomas allegedly took the cash and fled the scene before officers arrived. Police reviewed the security cameras and identified Thomas and the vehicle he was driving. Thomas was taken to the Jasper Police Station for questioning and then booked into the Dubois County Jail at 4:50 p.m. on a warrant charging him with a felony count of robbery, pointing a firearm and theft and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief.
Police charged two people with neglect of a dependent and failure to make a report after an investigation from an earlier child molesting case. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office while working with Child Protective Services from an earlier investigation that found 52 year old John Davis of Jasper charged with a felony count of child molesting and three felony counts of child molesting on April 29. Two of the people interviewed in the investigation 33 year old Shane Phillips of Jasper and 30 year old Brittney Kitchell of Dubois had care of one or more juveniles involved in the case. Warrants were issued charging Kitchell and Phillips with felony counts of neglect of a dependent and misdemeanor counts of failure to make a report. Police booked Phillips into the Dubois County Jail at 5:09 on Friday and Kitchell was booked at 5:34 on Saturday. They have both posted bond.
A Bedford man was arrested after police carried out a traffic stop on Tuesday at 22nd Street and Mitchell Road in Bedford. When police pulled over the vehicle for improper headlights they were given consent to search the vehicle and the two individuals. Officers found that passenger 37 year old Casey Garrison of Bedford had a straw with a crystallized substance on both ends that later tested positive for methamphetamine. Nothing else was located and the driver was released to leave with a warning. Garrison was arrested on charges of possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019
At 8:45 P.M Monday night Orange County 911 Dispatch received a call reporting an ultralight plane had crashed in an open field in the northern part of Orange County. Initially, Orange County Sheriffs Deputies responded to the scene and located the ultralight along with one occupant still entrapped. Shortly thereafter, Indiana State Troopers from the Jasper Post, EMS and the Orange County Rural District 2 Volunteer Fire Department also arrived on scene. Orange County Coroner Aaron Kemple pronounced the occupant of the ultralight 42 year old Adam Hill of Orleans dead at the scene. The FAA was notified and will investigate the cause of the crash. Indiana State Troopers were on scene to secure the crash overnight.
A Three vehicle collision Wednesday afternoon west of Hillham left two of those vehicles in need of a tow. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office 34 year old Kaci Minton of Dubois, was eastbound on State Road 56 at 4:34 P.M in a 2011 Jeep Liberty east of County Road 960E. Minton had stopped in traffic to make a left turn when her SUV was rear-ended by a 2005 Toyota Tundra driven by 59 year old Kenneth Sanders of Paoli. Police noted that Minton’s turn signal was activated and her brake lights were visible at the time of the collision. 34 year old Melissa Joffee of French Lick who was trailing in a 2011 BMW 328i said she did not see any brake lights or slowing by the truck before the collision. She was unable to avoid to avoid the collision and her car rear-ended the Toyota. A Uebelhor & Sons wrecker towed the Sanders and Joffee vehicle from the scene. Total damage to all three vehicles was estimated between $2,500 and $5,000.
Bedford Police were called to the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County on Monday after a report of a 9-year old girl who had knives and was threatening others at the club. Staff had already removed three knives and a box cutter knife from the girl’s backpack before police arrived. According to Police the juvenile said she brought the knives because they were cool. She then said a boy had threatened her last week and decided to bring the knives to threaten him back. Officers found that the girl showed off the knives to some friends and then made comments to hurt them if they told anyone. The mother of the girl was contacted and the child was issued a summons to appear in court on a charge of intimidation with a deadly weapon.
Monday, July 1st, 2019
On Sunday, Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 911 call in Hardinsburg in reference to a possible drowning. When officers arrived they found a 2 year old male who was found in a swimming pool, not breathing. The subject was transported by Washington County EMS to IU Health Paoli Hospital where he was declared to be dead. The incident is still under investigation at this time. Assisting Washing County Sheriffs Department was, Indiana State Police, Posey Township Fire Dept., Orange County Coroner’s Office
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