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Friday, June 24th, 2016

A Lawrence County woman was arrested Thursday on heroin charges.
According to police reports, a probable cause affidavit filed in Lawrence Superior Court I states a confidential informant told police Kern could sell heroin. Then on June 9, the informant then went to Kern’s residence where she was with an infant and an adult male. After leaving the house, the informant gave officers a cellophane wrapper that contained a substance that field- positive as heroin. The informant told police that, while inside the residence, Kern had injected herself with heroin and did it in the presence of a child. On June 14, the informant returned to Kern’s residence and later gave police a substance that field-tested positive for heroin. 23 year old Stacia Kern, of Bedford, is charged with two counts of dealing in a narcotic drug, a Level 4 felony; two counts of possession of a narcotic drug, a Level 5 felony, and one count of maintaining a common nuisance, a Level 6 felony and remains without bond in the Lawrence County Jail. She was booked in at 3:09 p.m

ABC's 20/20 will air "Looking for Lauren," featuring investigative correspondent Brian Ross and former FBI agent Brad Garrett, at 10 p.m. on RTV6 Indianapolis and WHAS 11 Louisville tonight. Spierer, a 20-year-old sophomore from New York, vanished from downtown Bloomington after a night of partying as she was walking home to her Smallwood Plaza apartment around 4:30 in the morning on June 3, 2011 and has been missing for more than five years. Anyone with information on the Lauren Spierer case should contact the Bloomington Police Department at 812-339-4477 or by email at policetips@bloomington.in.gov The website www.findlauren.com is dedicated to search efforts and offers an email address, helpfindlauren@gmail.com. A post office box for tips in the case has been established at Find Lauren, P.O. Box 1226, Bloomington, IN 47402. The Spierers have also hired private investigators from New York City's Beau Dietl & Associates to assist in the search. They can be reached at 800-777-9366 or through the website www.investigations.com

A Lawrence County woman was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly injured a person at 60's Eastside gas station. According to a Lawrence County Superior Court I probable cause affidavit, on May 28, Mitchell Police Department received a panic alarm at 60's Eastside. Shortly after, a clerk from the gas station reported two women were involved in a fight. When officers arrived, a woman claimed 34-year-old Paula Ely of Mitchell, put her in a headlock while she was standing in the checkout line. Ely began screaming profanities at her while she was being choked, then Ely pushed her to the floor. The victim complained of trouble breathing from being choked and pain to her neck and back. She also suffered scratches to her arms and a wrist.Police reviewed video footage from a security camera at the store, that video showed Ely putting the woman in a headlock and trying to push her onto the floor. Ely was arrested on a warrant for battery resulting in bodily injury and strangulation.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Bedford Police Department arrested a Lawrence County woman Monday on accusations she was dealing methamphetamine.
According to a Lawrence Superior Court I probable cause affidavit, 32 year old Melissa Phillips of Bedford met with a BPD confidential informant on two separate occasions in June. Over the course of the meetings, Phillips sold the informant nearly 3 grams of meth.On Monday, officers stopped Phillips’ vehicle near Ruler Food Store, on 16th St. Phillips consented to a search of her vehicle, where police located two pipes with drug residue, a scale and $413. She admitted to officers she had sold meth. Phillips also told officers she had more meth hidden in her clothing. A female jail officer retrieved more than 16 grams of meth from Phillips’ clothing. Phillips was arrested and charged with three counts of dealing methamphetamine and two counts of maintaining a common nuisance. She was booked into the Lawrence County jail Monday. Her bond set at $200,000 surety and $20,005 cash.

A Lawrence County man was arrested on drug charges after officers served a warrant on him Tuesday. On Tuesday, Bedford Police Department officers went to a residence to serve a warrant on 34 year old Viking Wright, of Bedford. When officers knocked on the door, Wright ran to the back of the house and he was later found hiding in a bedroom closet. Police found narcotics in Wright’s possession, the release stated. Police discovered a substance that tested positive for meth, according to a Lawrence Superior Court II affidavit. Officers also found marijuana.Wright was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. In addition, he was wanted on a Monroe County warrant for failure to appear in court. He was booked into the Lawrence County jail Tuesday and being held at the jail with his bond set at $7,500 and $755 cash.

The Daviess County Sheriff’s Office reports remains that were found back in 2015 have been positively identified as a missing person from 1981. They are now investigating this case as a homicide. Officials report the remains were found on April 7, 2015 in Odon. The remains have been identified as Ira Freeman Kemp, who was reported missing on or about Jan. 25, 1981. The remains had to be sent to the University of Northern Texas for extensive DNA testing. It was on April 8, 2015 when we originally reported remains were discovered in a drainage culvert in Odon. At the time officials reported that two young men playing in the drainage culvert off of Grove Street when they found the remains. A source close to the investigation explained a gun was found alongside the remains. At that time in the investigation, officials did not believe foul play was involved. But now, this is a homicide investigation.

Wednesday, June 22d, 2016

Police in Bloomington were called to the apartment in the 1000 block of South Basswood Circle at 10:20 p.m. Tueday evening, after two maintenance men told police they were confronted by a 1-year-old with a 9mm Glock handgun.   Police reports say  the men were at the apartment to fix a pipe when the toddler climbed on a dining room counter, tucked an item under his arm and climbed down.  The boy then reportedly pointed the handgun at one of the men. The men took the gun away from the toddler and called police.  The boy's father, who was home with the boy, told police he keeps the gun in a bedroom dresser, and he accused the men of removing the baby gate that keeps the child away from the room, however the maintenance men died it.   Bloomington police sent case reports to the Monroe County Prosecutor's Office for review. Officials from Indiana's Department of Child Services were also contacted.

Someone is sitting hay bales on fire in Lawrence County,  Hay was sit on at Springville Judah Road and Cobb Lane Sunday.   At 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department firefighters were called to a hay bale fire, . Firefighters were at the scene until 5 a.m. to control the fire and move hay bales with a tractor.  A large drink bottle that had been filled with gas was found.    Then at 1 p.m. Sunday, Perry Township VFD were called back to the field again to extinguish the burning bales which firefighters say was purposely relit.   At 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Perry Township responded to more hay bales on fire in the same field, according to the release.    More than 40 firefighters and 15 trucks from multiple fire departments -- battled the blaze. Firefighters didn't leave the scene until about 2 a.m. Monday.   Firefighters say someone poured gasoline onto five of the bales.  At 4:30 a.m. Monday, Perry Township VFD responded to a fourth hay bale fire,and were on the scene until 10 a.m.  Anyone with information regarding the fires is urged to call Lawrence County Police Department's tip line at (812) 277-2020

Just in time for the forecast of severe weather, it’s national lightning awareness week.  Much of Indiana should see plenty of lightning today and the first sogn of a storm is when you should get inside..  There have been four lightning deaths in Indiana between 2006 and 2015. 

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

A Bedford man received  serious injuries after a head-on collision on State Road 60 Sunday morning.  According to Washington County Sheriff Roger Newton,  the accident occurred at 1:52am on Ind. 60 West, just east of Campbellsburg .   Both vehicles were destroyed and it took crews more than an hour to free 48-year-old Pouya Rezvani, of Bedford, from the wreckage.  Police say Rezvani, was traveling east in a 2001 Volvo, when 22-year-old Chelsey Hicks, of Springville, was westbound in a 2016 Chevy Cruze and crossed the centerline and crashing into Rezvani's car.  Both drivers were flown from the scene by air ambulance to University of Louisville Hospital. Rezvani ws critically injured. 

Two separate motorcycle crashes over the weekend near Salem resulted both drivers being flown to hospitals.  On Sunday, 34 year old Jorge Pangle of French Lick lost control of his 1982 Honda and crashed.  He was flown from the scene. A  crash on Saturday  occurred on Walnut Ridge Road, just off State Road 135 South.   According to police 47-year-old Thomas Schocke, of Salem, lost control of his 1981 Harley Davidson, ran off the roadway and crashed.

The Paoli school board last week approved hiring Chad Johnson as principal at Paoli High.  His first official day will be July 1, but he will begin now familiarizing himself with the school and staff.   Johnson succeeds Todd Hitchcock, who accepted a job as assistant superintendent at Greater Jasper Schools after having served three years as PHS principal and three years as assistant principal before that.  Kyle Neukam will serve as assistant principal.   Wes Whitfield was named principal at Paoli's Throop Elementary School, succeeding Jan Van Emon, who retired. Whitfield also will be transportation director for Paoli schools. Amanda Crews will continue in her role as assistant principal at Throop.

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Indiana Department of Conservation divers recovered the body of 36-year-old Lloyd Wilson from Salt Creek, south of Oolitic this morning.
An autopsy is being conducted at this time to determine a cause of death and Lawrence County police are assisting with the investigation. According to the Lawrence County police, they received a call of a person struggling in the water of Salt Creek behind a residence located near the 1100 block of Lafayette Avenue in Oolitic just after 10 a.m. The caller reported hearing a splash and someone yelling that the victim couldn’t swim. A resident at that home tried to go out to the creek to rescue the man, but wasn't able to reach him. Conservation officers recovered Wilson's body 10:58 a.m. in approximately 4 feet of water. Officer Jet Quillen, DNR Law Enforcement, says officers are investigating the reasoning for the victim to be in the water at this location and what events could have caused him to go under the surface of the water. Lawrence County police, Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital ambulance, Coroner Rob Herr, conservation officers and Oolitic Volunteer Fire Department assisted in the recovery.

A Dubois County man has been charged with aggravated battery after an incident Friday night at a local tavern.
Jasper police say 42-year old Jason Bohnert of Jasper, has been charged with a Level 3 felony count of aggravated battery after he allegedly struck another man in the face with a glass beer mug. When police arrived at “Snaps” in the 1100 block of Main Street, officers say they found a male victim bleeding from a cut lip. Police say they made contact with Bohnert at his home a short time later after he was positively identified as the suspect in the assault by the victim and two witnesses. In addition to the aggravated battery charge, Bohnert is also charged with a Class A misdemeanor count of Disorderly Conduct.

Sunday at approximately 4:40 pm, Trooper Randel Miller conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on I-65 near Seymour which led to the seizure of drugs, guns, and money and resulted in the two occupants being arrested on numerous charges. The investigation began when Trp. Miller stopped a Dodge Ram truck traveling southbound on I-65 near the Seymour exit for having expired registration plates.  During the course of the investigation, Trp. Miller witnessed numerous indicators of criminal activity and obtained probable cause to search the vehicle.  During a search of the vehicle, Trp. Miller located over 10 grams of cocaine, nearly 300 grams of marijuana, two handguns, and nearly $1,500 in US currency. The driver of the vehicle, 55 year old John Foree Jr, of Frankfort, Kentucky was arrested on felony charges of dealing in cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of a handgun by a serious violent felon, and maintaining a common nuisance as well as misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  The passenger in the vehicle, 67 year old Kenneth Satterly, of Bethlehem, Kentucky was arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of a handgun without a permit and possession of marijuana. Both Foree and Satterly were transported to the Jackson County Jail. Trp. Miller was assisted by Trp. Zachariah Ruble, Indiana State Police, and Corporal Jason Alberring and Officer Gilbert Carpenter with the Seymour Police Department.

Friday, June 17th, 2016

While investigating an unrelated case at the Eldorado Motel in Loogootee,
Martin County Deputies smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage on an underage male, which resulted in an arrest. This past Tuesday at 11:54 PM, Martin County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Reed was conducting a follow-up investigation at the Eldorado Motel in Loogootee. In passing, Officer Reed detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from a male subject who he recognize d as Logan Kelsey.Martin County Sheriff’s Sergeant Keith Keller was assisting Deputy Reed and also detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Kelsey’s person. Sergeant Keller advised Loogootee Police Officer Jim Floyd that Kelsey drove away in a gold Pontiac passenger vehicle. Officer Floyd located the vehicle, traveling southbound on US Highway 231, and observed that the license plate light was not functioning properly. Officer Floyd turned around on the Pontiac and proceeded to follow the vehicle where a traffic stop was conducted at the intersection of South Kentucky Avenue and East Washington Street. Sergeant Keller arrived moments later to assist Officer Floyd. Sergeant Keller requested the assistance of Daviess County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Luke Harmon and K9 Focus.Deputy Luke Harmon and K9 Focus arrived a short time later and began the free air sniff. K9 Focus indicated positively on the vehicle by showing a distinct change in behavior.Officers located two plastic baggies containing a total of 106 pills that were identified as Xanax. An additional plastic baggie was found that contained a substance that field tested positive for Methamphetamine.Kelsey was taken into custody and transported to the Martin County Jail without incident.

A phone charger is being investigated as a possible cause for the fire that killed one person at a home on West Brook Street in Mitchell early Saturday morning, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. 27-year-old Jarrod Randolph died last Saturday when his home caught fire. His wife and children escaped. IDHS investigators say they have determined the fire originated in the southeast corner of the living room, where there was a phone and charger that could not be ruled out as the cause of the fire, that according to an email from the IDHS public information office. Still not figured out is why Randolph did not wake up, that according to Mitchell Assistant Fire Chief Fred Cassidy.

An intoxicated man was transported to a hospital Thursday after his mo-ped crashed on Rabbitsville Road in Mitchell. According to Police reports, At 6:45 p.m., 54 year old Sean Hawk of Mitchell, was traveling north near the 2400 block of Rabbitsville Road on his mo-ped. A witness said Hawk was looking west as he traveled, then drove off the side of the road in that direction and laid the scooter on its side after traveling off the road. Hawk, suffered a head injury and was bleeding from his face. Hawk was not wearing a helmet. Police say he also had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.17 and a breathalyzer test found Hawk to be under the influence of alcohol. A StatFlight helicopter crew was called to the scene, but Hawk became combative and refused to be airlifted to a hospital. The helicopter crew also refused to transport Hawk because of his combative behavior. Hawk was transported by Seals ambulance to St. Vincent Dunn Memorial Hospital. Hawk was not immediately charged with a crime.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

After being determined by two doctors that he is competent to stand trial, 34 year old Nathan Baker of Shoals will have a third psychological evaluation at the public's expense before standing trial for multiple charges
, including two counts of murder. He is accused of killing 82 year old Allan Sims, and 52 year old Tom Tharp, whose bodies were found Aug. 26 in the area of Dover Hill and Trinity Springs. He is represented by David A. Smith and Patrick J. Smith, both of Bedford. David Smith filed a request for a third evaluation. At a hearing about the matter on May 10, Steiner agreed that further testing is necessary to determine if he can pursue a life without parole sentence. Judge Lynne Ellis approved the request on May 25.

Two people suffered injuries in a crash Wednesday on Breckenridge Road in Lawrence County.According to police reports, at about 7:52 p.m., 17 year old Madison Bex, of Avoca, was driving on Breckenridge Road near N Street in a blue 2007 Pontiac Vibe, according to a Bedford Police Department accident report. She said she was nearing a curve when her vehicle began to slide. She was unable to steer the car straight, then she struck a red 2015 Volkswagen Jetta driven by 32year old Kayla Philpott of Oolitic. Philpott, complained of head pain, and a passenger in her vehicle 29 year old Karmin Shutters, of Bedford, complained of pain in her elbow and lower arm. An ambulance arrived at the scene, but both refused medical treatment.

A woman was transported to a hospital after her vehicle was struck in a head-on collision Tuesday in Oolitic. According to police reports, at 4:33 p.m., 53 year old Randy Turner, of Bedford, was driving on Main Street in Oolitic near State Road 37 in his white 1998 Mercury Mountaineer. Turner said he was traveling east on the road when he either looked down or fell asleep and when he looked up, he had crossed over the center line, then hit a vehicle in the westbound lane. 58 year old Marsha Gardner, who was driving a red 2000 Dodge Ram, said she watched Turner cross the center line, then hit her truck head-on. Gardner, of Bedford suffered pain to the head and neck and was taken to IU Health Bedford Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Turner did not report any injuries, according to the report.

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Nancy Stewart and Donna Wininger were reelected to the French Lick-West Baden Chamber of Commerce Board at the annual meeting held at the Legendz Sports Bar and Grill  Monday night. About 50 business people attended the event and elected Legendz owner Larry Kalb as a new director to replace retiring director Sandi Woodward. Chamber president Steve Stewart, of Big Splash Adventure, introduced the board and announced that the winners of the Alan Barnett Scholarships are Valley seniors Carson Stailey and Sydney Livingston. President Stewart introduced the featured speaker, Lloyd Arnold, Executive Director of the Orange Co. Economic Development Partnership. Arnold, who is also District 74 State Representative, explained how the Economic Development Partnership can help new businesses in Orange County.:   “We have a revolving loan program that can help People here in Orange County to start up a new business or help an existing business, to help get them on the ground or just to continue to move forward.  One thing I wanted to talk about…you know 7 or 8 years ago if you wanted to get an SBA loan it could take months. It was an arduous process to get that done, but nowadays, even people who may not have the greatest credit or the exact amount of capital down, SBA loans have become so much easier. Sometimes you can get those approved in as little as 24 hours. That’s a great case scenario, but even a week for an SBA loan is a great thing. So anybody who wants a $100,000 or less, or even a $200,000 or smaller loan, it goes well. But if you’re talking larger million dollar loans you’re talking weeks or maybe months to get those approved. But there are so many programs available through the state that we can guide people in that direction to help them out

According to the Dubois County Emergency Management Agency, the report of a possible funnel cloud aloft was reported to the Dubois County Communications Center at approximately 3:45 p.m. by Zach Eichmiller, a member of the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department.    According to the Dubois County Free Press,  he funnel cloud was located near 2777 N. State Road 545 near Dubois and at the time of the report Dubois County was under a thunderstorm warning issued by the Louisville National Weather Service.   The area that the funnel cloud was reported did have downed trees, power lines and tree limb debris. Photos and reports were sent to the National Weather Service for review.   No major damages were reported to the Emergency Management Agency.

Five arrest Sunday on drug charges after a Mitchell police officer police spotted some suspicious activity on Lawrence Street.    Around 6:30 p.m. the officer noticed a person sitting in a vehicle. When the officer stopped to see what was going on 34-year-old Travis Barlow came out of a home at 916 Lawrence Street. During a conversation with Barlow, he gave the officer permission to search his home and garage.  The officer searched and found baggies, marijuana cigarettes, white pills, a grinder and marijuana, a zipper pouch that contained eight syringes, a tie off, spoon and a baggie meth with residue, Suboxone, a scale with meth residue and a weight counter.   Barlow was charged for dealing meth and marijuana, possession of meth and marijuana, possession of legend drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.  Four others facing charges are:  Shanon N. Hardin, 30, Mitchell,·   Christine L. Riggs, 42, Mitchell,·  Trent E. Grissom, 37, Orleans, and   Ethan R. Terrell, 24, of Bedford.

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

The Bedford Police Department was asking for help Monday evening in the search for a 14 year old missing girl.   Anjel Rose Snyder was last seen Sunday in Bedford.  She has brown hair and eyes and is possibly wearing a red tank top with denim shorts and carrying a white bag with zebras on it.  Any information about Snyder’s whereabouts, contact Bedford Police at 275-3311

Santa Monica, California police still are not sure why a man from New Albany had three assault rifles and a bucket of material that could have been used to make bombs.  James Howell had that in his car when he arrived for the LA gay pride festival.  Police say there’s no connection to the mass murder in Orlando.

Today is Flag Day, a day for displaying of the flag .  Q-100 will broadcast sponsored salutes throughout the day with interesting facts on the American Flag.  The French Lick American Legion will have a flag disposal ceremony today .  Anyone can bring in worn and tattered flags for correct proper disposal up to 4pm.  The Public is welcome to attend the ceremony. 

Monday, June 13th, 2016

A Lawrence County woman was arrested Sunday after her 8-year-old daughter wandered into St. Vincent Dunn Hospital looking for her.
According to Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley officers were called to the hospital emergency room at 6:44 p.m. after the child walked to the hospital from her home at 1718 24th Street looking for her mother. Officers went to the hospital and then to the home looking for 43-year-old April Edwards. When officers arrived at the home they found the door and all the windows open in the house. Officers entered and didn't find Edwards, but did find the house in disarray. Police were able to locate the child's grandparents who then went to the hospital to pick her up. At 8:05 p.m. officers found Edwards at a neighbor's home and she was arrested on a charge of child neglect.

A Lawrence County woman was arrested Sunday morning after Bedford Police found her with heroin,
a syringe and other drug paraphernalia. At 11:45 a.m Sunday, police were called to a home in the 100 block of Quail Ridge Road after a report of a woman's mother voiced concern about drugs in her home. Police arrested 32-year-old Sara Gilstrap on charges of possession of a narcotic drug, heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance and other unlisted charges. According to Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley officers found a syringe and foil both with heroin inside and alprazolam pills which Gilstrap did not have a prescription for.

A Jackson County man was arrested Saturday after his 3-year-old son wandered from his home while he was sleeping.
Jackson County Sheriff's Department and Crothersville Police officers were called to the 6000 block of County Road 1025 East, just outside of Crothersville after a report of a toddler wearing only a t-shirt was spotted wandering along the roadway. The boy was about 1/10 of a mile from his home. Officers took the child back to his home but could not get anyone to answer the door. The child ran back inside the residence. At that point, officer believed the child was home alone. Officers entered the home and found poor living conditions throughout the house as they continued to look for anyone who was caring for the toddler. Police found the toddler's 11-year-old brother in a bedroom on the second floor. The brother told police that both of them were home alone and he didn't realize his younger brother had left the home. The older boy also told police the family had no phone so he couldn't call any adults who lived there. As officers continued to check the home they found the children's father 49-year-old Raymond Davis II, of Crothersville asleep in a room on the third floor. He had to be awakened by the officers. He told police he didn't know he had been left to watch his sons after the grandparents had left. Officers arrested Davis for neglect of a dependent. He is being held without bond in the Jackson County Jail.

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded at 10:24 a.m. today to a fire at Sunset Apartments, 675 Giesler Road in Jasper.
The occupants of Apartment 208 were temporarily displaced by a stove fire but there were no injuries. Jasper Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang said smoke detectors were found to be disconnected in the unit occupied by Arbella Ramirez and Guillermo Perez. The fire could have been avoided had detectors been operational. An Indiana State Police trooper was among the first authorities on the scene scrambling to ensure no additional complex occupants were in danger. A language barrier involving the fire victims was also reported to have existed. The fire vented into a hallway between units, but it didn’t spread to the other units and a hole had to be cut in the roof to allow the fire to vent. Damage to the apartment estimated at $10,000. Personnel from Jasper Municipal Utilities, the Jasper Police Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and Indiana State Police were reported to be assisting during the fire. Five fire trucks and 32 firefighters responded to the fire. The fire department was on the scene for about 50 minutes.

New York Police are investigating the death of an IU student who was found dead by his roommate.
The student, 20-year-old Robert Liu, was living in the Greenwich Village dorm in New York while working at a summer internship in the city, according IU Spokesman Mark Land. A roommate found him hanging from a closet door with a belt looped around his neck inside their Lafayette Street dorm about 10:30 p.m. Monday. No note was found, and Liu didn't have a history of depression, according to police. Liu was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say they are investigating the death, though they do not suspect foul play. Liu, from Columbus, Indiana, who was a finance major was slated to start his senior year at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Bloomington Police seized almost 40 grams of heroin, cocaine and a stolen handgun after they served a search warrant at an apartment in the 3300 block of East Longview Avenue late Wednesday night. According to a press release, the departments Critical Incident Response Team arrested 27-year-old Marvin Clark on felony charges of dealing narcotic drugs and receiving stolen property. His bond is set at $60,000 surety, $500 cash. According to Capt. Steve Kellams, police had been investigating Clark since March. Police used confidential informants to purchase heroin from Clark. During their investigation police learned Clark had firearms. During their search officers found a stolen 9mm handgun that was loaded.

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

A Crawford County woman was jailed after she was medically evaluated and cleared at Jasper Memorial Hospital Thursday. According to Jasper Police Department reports, officers were advised at 3:30 a.m. today that 35 year old Jennifer Froman, of English, had been brought to Memorial Hospital from Crawford County in reference to a suspected bath salts overdose. Prior to the officers’ arrival, authorities located what was suspected to be methamphetamine and two pipes for smoking in Froman’s purse. Police arrived and spoke with Froman, who allegedly admitted to smoking the synthetic drug known as bath salts and spice, which is synthetic marijuana. She also allegedly advised officers that the other substance in her possession was methamphetamine. Froman after being released from the hospital was booked into the Dubois County Jail on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of methamphetamine possession and preliminary misdemeanor counts of paraphernalia.

A Dubois County man was arrested Wednesday evening and accused of possessing a synthetic cannabinoid.
According to Dubois County Sheriffs Department, Authorities at the Dubois County Community Corrections Center received a tip at 7:10 p.m. that 22 year old Elmis Lopez, of Huntingburg, a participant in the center’s work release program, was smoking a synthetic cannabinoid in the dorm bathroom. A subsequent investigation allegedly found Lopez to be hiding three small baggies of a presumed synthetic cannabinoid; a hand-rolled, previously burned cigarette; rolling papers and a lighter in a body cavity. Lopez was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 8:38 p.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of possession of a synthetic cannabinoid. He was also charged with violating the terms of his work release agreement.

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

A Northern Indiana photographer’s chance decision to capture a sunset over a cornfield is now featured on a Forever Stamp commemorating Indiana’s Bicentennial.  According to the U.S. Postal Service, the state’s fertile soil has long made it ideal for crops like corn, which remains a staple of Indiana’s agricultural economy. It is therefore fitting that the Indiana Statehood stamp features a  photograph of the expansive cornfields near Milford, Indiana.   The photographer, Michael Matti, grew up in Milford and had driven past that view hundreds of times until one day he decided to pull over, stand on top of his car, and take in the beautiful sunset.   The Indiana Statehood stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

A Campbellsburg man was injured after he crashed his pickup on Ind. 60 near Lawrenceport Road.  According to a Lawrence County Police report, on Tuesday morning,  56-year-old Jeff Jenkins was traveling eastbound on Hwy 60 near the Lawrenceport Road when his 2002 Chevrolet S-10 pickup cut across the westbound lane, ran off the roadway and down an embankment into a tree line. A witness told police they stopped and helped Jenkins get out of the vehicle because they thought the vehicle was on fire, but according to police it was steam being released from the vehicle.  Jenkins suffered an abrasion to his elbow and lower arm and was taken by a Seals ambulance to IU Health Hospital for treatment.   Jenkins told police he was suffering from high-blood sugar and may have fallen asleep while driving.   Assisting at the scene was Marion Volunteer Fire Department and Mitchell Police Department.

The Oolitic Festival begins Thursday evening running through Saturday.  At 6pm Thursday.   The Crowning of the festival princesses and queen at the Oolitic Middle School gym.  Rides and food venders will open.  A 3-point shootout at Oolitic Community Center.  Idol duets on Main St.  A parade on Saaturday at noon, starting on Main St.

 
Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

The former manager of the now closed Hub restaurant in Mitchell - Tammy G. Mann - has plead guilty to stealing more than $100,000 in cash, gift cards and equipment from the restaurant.   Mann pleaded guilty in a negotiated plea agreement. Under the terms of that agreement Mann will be sentenced to two and a half years with the Indiana Department of Correction. That sentence was suspended with one year to be served on supervised probation and the remaining one and a half years on unsupervised probation.  Mann was hired by Hub owner Howard Hinman to manage the restaurant in December 2013. She and her husband   Rodney Mann took over the restaurant's operations. They previously operated the Maple Street Restaurant in Orleans, but shut it down a few months before they came to the Hub.  Mann then discovered that Tammy had been stealing from the restaurant and reported the crime to the Indiana State Police.  Police estimated $67,000 was stolen in the form of equipment and gift cards.   Hinman has since sold the Hub building . 

Monroe Lake is hosting the second leg of the International Bowhunting Organization's (IBO) National Championship Triple Crown tournament on June 10 to 12 at Fairfax State Recreation Area.  
The Triple Crown of Bowhunting consists of three tournaments hosted in separate states. National championships are awarded for various age, gender and equipment classes. Around 1,200 bowhunters are expected to participate at Fairfax SRA.   Participants will shoot at 3D targets in woods and fields in ways that simulate hunting.

A driver who fell asleep behind the wheel early Monday morning crashed into a home near Ireland.   29-year-old Bond Weissmann of Washington was traveling eastbound on State Road 56 near County Road 600 West around 5a.m. when he fell asleep. His 2010 Toyota crossed the centerline, ran off the north side of the highway, struck a mailbox and continued through a yard before colliding with a house in the 6100 block of State Road 56.  Weissmann was able to safely exited the vehicle. He declined to be transported by an ambulance for treatment.  No one in the home was injured, according to authorities.  Total damage to the property and to Weissmann's car was estimated at $30,000.

Monday, June 6th, 2016

A Lawrence County man was arrested Friday after he allegedly raped, choked and hit a woman. According to a Lawrence County Superior Court I probable cause affidavit, on Friday a woman reported at 3 a.m. Friday, that 19-year-old Zachary Thompson, came to her house and she told him to leave. She then claims Thompson grabbed her and pulled her down to the ground in her front yard. She struggled to get away and continually told Thompson to stop. Thompson then smacked her in the face, knocking her back to the ground and forced her to have sex. Police say during the incident Thompson choked her with both hands until she could not breathe. Bedford Police arrested 19-year-old Zachary R. Thompson, of Bedford on charges of rape, strangulation, battery resulting in bodily injury, criminal confinement and illegal consumption of alcohol. He’s being held in Lawrence County Jail on a $50,000 surety or $5,005 cash bond.

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an ATV crash that killed a Camby woman Sunday night. According to police, 44-year-old Paula Boyden was operating a Polaris Sportsman 450 ATV on a county road near her home in Camby around 9 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle in a curve. The vehicle left the roadway, causing the ATV to flip and roll over on her. Boyden was not wearing a helmet or any other protective gear. She was pronounced dead after being transported to St. Francis Hospital in Mooresville. Indiana Conservation Officer Kendrick Fuhrman is investigating the crash. Alcohol and speed are suspected to have played a role in the crash. An autopsy was scheduled today. Assisting agencies include Morgan County Sheriff Department, Madison Township Fire Dept and Morgan County Coroners Offic

Friday, June 3d, 2016

A former Hispanic minister in Washington , Indiana has been sentenced to 80 years  for child molesting.  56 year old Armando Morales Bruno lived with a family whose male child was the victim.  The crimes occurred in the boys home from 2007-2008 and from 2010-2013.  Daviess County Judge Dean Sobecki said the child’s age of 12 and damaging and harming the victim and violating the family’s trust resulted in his decision. 

Indiana will celebrate out state park system’s centennial year this weekend by charging park visitors only ten cents to enter any of the state parks.  Admission is normally $7 for in-state vehicles.  Ten cents was the admission price in 1916.   Also,, free fishing this weekend in the Hoosier state.  Those 18 and over required to have a fishing license can fish free this weekend.   Local lakes included are Patoka and Monroe Lake. 

The third event In the “Slices of Orange County” is open to all in Orange County, will be on Sunday at 2pm at the Leiesic Community Center.  Sponsored by the Orange County Bicentennial Committee,   the “Slices Sessions” encourage people with ties to a given location to return, reunite and reminise.  Those attending are encouraged to bring along memorabilia from Northeast Township.  Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Scott County-Yesterday, shortly before noon, a trooper saw Anthony Craig Fortner near Lake Iola in Scottsburg
. Anthony Craig Fortner was wanted on a warrant out of Scott County for removing the home incarceration bracelet he was on.  When Fortner saw the trooper, Fortner took off running trying to elude the trooper. The trooper called for assistance and a perimeter was set up with other troopers. During a search of the area, Fortner was located in a creek and wooded area south of Lake Iola.  Before Fortner was taken into custody a taser was used on him due to him resisting troopers.Anthony Craig Fortner, 44, from Scottsburg, IN, was incarcerated at the Scott County Jail for Escape and Resisting/Fleeing Law Enforcement. 

Over the past five years, more than 5,000 people have been killed in crashes involving teen drivers during the "100 Deadliest Days," the period starting at Memorial Day when teen crash deaths historically climb. As the summer driving season begins, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is releasing a follow-up study confirming that nearly 60 percent of teen crashes involve distractions behind the wheel. The research also finds a disturbing trend showing that texting and social media use are on the rise amongst teen drivers. An average of 1,022 people died each year in crashes involving teen drivers. The average number of deaths from crashes involving teen drivers ages 16-19 increased by 16 percent per day compared to other days of the year. The AAA Foundation analyzed the moments leading up to a crash in more than 2,200 videos captured from in-car dash cameras. Talking or attending to other passengers in the vehicle: 15 percent of crashes; Talking, texting or operating a cell phone: 12 percent of crashes; Attending to or looking at something inside the vehicle: 11 percent of crashes. Researchers found that how teens use their cell phone when behind the wheel changed significantly over the course of the study. In the moments leading up to a crash, teens were more likely to be texting or looking down at the phone than talking on it. Fifty-five percent of teens spend time every day texting, sending an estimated 80 text messages per day.   Research by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that texting creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.   Keeping cell phones out of the hands of teen drivers is a top priority for AAA

Loogootee police arrested two people Sunday on drug charges.  49-year-old Candace L. Hawkins and 25-year-old Lacy Hawkins both of Shoals were charged after an investigation involving a k9 unit, the Martin County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police and the Department of Child Services. Candace Hawkins was charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana, visiting a common nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia.Lacey Hawkins faces charges of maintaining a common nuisance, possess of drug paraphernalia, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and neglect of a dependent. Both are being held in the Martin County Jail.

Monday, May 30th, 2016

A Sunday drug tip and an indication on a vehicle by a Jasper Police Department K-9 resulted in a heroin-dealing arrest.
According to police, it was an off-duty Huntingburg Police Department officer’s tip that resulted in the 12:15 p.m. in the arrest of a Jasper man. The Huntingburg officer said a hand-to-hand drug transaction had possibly taken place at the Wendy’s restaurant in Huntingburg and the officer advised one of the vehicles involved was a silver Nissan with a Texas license place and it was northbound on U.S. 231. A Jasper officer located the 2016 Nissan Versa, driven by 24 year old Matthew Stephens, of Jasper in the 1100 block of Bartley street and conducted a traffic stop near 13th and Maute streets after the car allegedly went left of center on 13th Street. During the stop, Jasper K-9 Aries did a free-air sniff around the exterior of the Nissan and allegedly indicated to the presence of an odor of a controlled substance near the driver’s door and the open window where Stephens, the driver, was sitting. Police asked the vehicle occupants to exit the car. A search then located two white pills identified as hydromorphone and methadone hydrocloride, both Schedule II controlled substances. Also, tucked between the driver’s seat and the center console, was a set of finger scales. After the search, during an interview with Stephens, police said it was learned he had concealed heroin on his person. Police said Stephens recovered the items and gave them to officers. Allegedly recovered were two baggie that contained about 6 grams of heroin. Authorities booked Stephens into the Dubois County Jail at 3:55 p.m. on preliminary charges of heroin possession, a Level 5 felony; dealing in a Schedule I controlled substance (heroin), two counts of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a common nuisance, all Level 6 felonies; and possession of paraphernalia, a misdemeanor

A bobcat kitten is back in the wild after a long recovery from being hit by a car. It was put back into the wild in a forest near Lake Monroe by Wildcare Inc. staff. The kitten was hit last November as she tried to cross a Bloomington-area highway. The kitten then underwent surgery for a fractured pelvis at the University of Illinois' College of Veterinary Medicine.

Over 200 tickets were donated to Indianapolis Public Schools for students to attend the Indy 500 race Sunday. Lacey Johnson purchased the tickets out of his own pocket so the kids could go, with hopes of creating more racing fans. The IPS principal let students with perfect or near perfect attendance go to the race.

Friday, May 27th, 2016

A tip from the public about a possible intoxicated driver has resulted in the arrests of two people early Friday morning
. Jasper police say the caller described driver as being  all over the road at varying speeds; almost striking curbs. Police then located and stopped the car in the 1900 block of Newton Street. A subsequent search of the car found marijuana and a controlled substance belonging to the passenger in the car, 25-year old Mark Irons of Jasonville. Police also learned of and confirmed an active arrest warrant for Irons out of Greene County for battery, residential entry and criminal trespass. Irons is charged in Dubois County with misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and possession of a controlled substance and police did not release any details about the driver of the car or of any charges filed. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, including the department’s K-9 Karma, assisted with the traffic stop and is being credited with discovering the found drugs in the car.

Police say a Nashville woman stole almost $300 using three ATMs in Bartholomew and Brown counties. Police arrested 29-year-old Kenya Roberts on a warrant charging her with a Level 6 felony charge of fraud. Brown County Sheriff's officials say officers began their investigation on April 6 after meeting with a woman who said she had her entire paycheck -- and then some -- stolen from her bank account. The theft caused her account to go into the negative. The victim told police that Roberts and a man had stayed with her for about a week before the theft. The caller says Roberts knew her pin number, but did not have permission to use her debit card. Police secured gas station security video which showed Roberts using the ATM with the stolen debit card. The victim was able to identify Roberts in the video.

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Two people were arrested Monday by the Lawrence County Drug Task Force on multiple drug charges.
According to Lawrence county Police reports, At about 5 p.m. Monday, the task force and a Bedford Police Department SWAT team served a search warrant at an apartment in the 1700 block of M Street that was being rented by 39 year old Timothy J. Ortiz Jr. and 51 year old Kellie Phillips. The drug task force received information the apartment contained meth, pills, marijuana and paraphernalia. During the search, officers found 2.4 grams of crystal meth, marijuana, multiple prescription medications, needles, glass smoking devices and other paraphernalia, Branham said. Ortiz Jr and Phillips were arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a legend drug, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance. Ortiz was booked into the Lawrence County Jail at 5:36 p.m. and Phillips was booked into the jail at 5:52 p.m. She has no bond set because she was on probation at the time of her arrest.

Wednesday evening, Indiana State Troopers arrested a Washington County man after police found drugs in his vehicle. Troopers stopped 46-year-old Robert Nunley of Salem, on a traffic violation on State Road 60 near State Road 335 in Washington County. Troopers search the vehicle after K-9 Riggs alerted officer to possible drugs inside. Troopers found heroin, meth and several items of drug paraphernalia. Nunley is facing charges of maintaining a common nuisance, dealing in a controlled substance,possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic needle. He is being held in the Washington County Jail.

A man riding a stolen motorcycle led police on a chase that began Monday afternoon in Seymour and ended with his arrest near the Jackson/Jennings County line.
Police arrested 45-year-old Jamie Jon Mantel of Brookfield, Wisconsin on Level 6 felony charges of theft and resisting law enforcement with a vehicle after the incident that began when Seymour police were called to On the Rox at 214 S. Broadway Street to investigate a report of a stolen motorcycle.At the time of the call at 12:45 p.m., Capt. Carl Lamb reported seeing a motorcycle matching the silver Harley Fatboy that had been reported stolen leaving the city eastbound on Tipton Street near U.S. 31. Mantel was arrested a short time later.

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Memorial Day weekend traditionally starts off the summer travel season, and this weekend is shaping up to be the busiest in the Hoosier State in years. With the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Race this weekend, along with lower fuel prices, travelers can expect a record number of motorists on the roadways.   Law enforcement throughout the state, including the Indiana State Police, will be participating in the Click it or Ticket Campaign and Operation CARE, or Combined Accident Reduction Effort. Troopers will be looking for aggressive drivers, impaired drivers, and those that don’t buckle up. According to NHTSA, (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) seatbelts reduce your risk of injury and death in a crash by 50%.
With the expected increase in traffic, it’s important that motorists follow the safety tips below:
•Obey all speed limits and always use your turn signals.
•Never drink and drive. Always have a designated driver.
•Make sure everyone is buckled up and children are properly restrained in child seats.
•Watch for and expect slowed or stopped traffic when approaching construction zones.
•Make sure you are well rested. A fatigued driver is as dangerous as an impaired driver.
•Avoid following too close. Use the two-second rule. Maintain following distance in construction zones.
•Don’t text and drive.
•SLOW DOWN AND MOVE OVER for emergency, utility and highway service vehicles.
Motorists are encouraged to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1. Give a vehicle description, location, and direction of travel. Never follow an impaired driver.

WHITE RIVER) - Two men stranded on a sandbar in the East Fork White River in the northeastern part of Jackson County were rescued early Monday morning.   The two Seymour men, 36-year-old Jeremy Howard and 19-year-old Devin Ball, told police they became stranded after their boat lost power and they lost their oars, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. The men told dispatchers they were wet and cold, but they did start a fire.  County officers Rick Meyer and Jesse Hutchinson walked about a half-mile before finding the two men on the sandbar just south of the Bartholomew County line.

A Paoli man was arrested after a semen sample connected him to a voyeurism crime.  Paoli Police arrested 30-year-old Joseph Biondi on May 18th on a charge of voyeurism with a prior conviction,  According to a Paoli Police Department press release, on February 1 police received a call from a man who said he witnessed someone looking into his daughter's window while she was getting dressed. Officers went to the home, and they were able to collect a sample of what appeared to be semen from beneath window.  That sample was sent to the Indiana State Police lab for analysis.  On May 12, police received new information from ISP lab and applied for and obtained an arrest warrant for Biondi, in addition to a search warrant for his DNA. 

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

A young bobcat, hit by a car around Thanksgiving, recovered from surgery to her pelvis and was released near Lake Monroe by WildCare Inc.  Saturday.  She required months of physical therapy and care before she was ready for release.  Wildlife Inc. treats an average of 2,000 patients a year, from eagles to bobcats, and everything in between.

A stabbing during the early morning hours Saturday at Shorty's Bar & Grill in Bedford.   Just after 1am Saturday, police were called and found Keith McVicker in a vehicle suffering from a knife wound to the head. He told police he had been jumped by three men.  According to Chief Parsley, McVicker says he was outside talking to a man he told police he did not know.  That man then punched McVicker in the face knocking him to the ground.  Another man jumped on him and began punching him," "Mr. McVicker attempted to block those punches and that is when the man pulled out a knife and slashed Mr. McVicker on the head."   The men then fled in a white car. He is is pain from cuts and broken bones.   The case is still under investigation and any one with information is asked to call the Bedford Police Department at 812-275-3311

A Vincennes school teacher injured after being attacked by a student is recovering.  Cheryl Clemens suffered a broken nose, swollen eyes and head injuries after she was assaulted after school on May 11th by a 16 year old.  The juvenile is facing various charges. 

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

A drug investigation Sunday morning ended with the recovery of numerous types of narcotics, firearms, and a Washington resident arrested on 10 different criminal charges. Early Sunday morning, Trooper Mitch Wier began an investigation into possible drug activity at 1776 Maxwell Avenue in Washington. Trooper Wier, after obtaining enough information and probable cause, applied for a search warrant through the Daviess County Circuit Court. After receiving the warrant, Wier, with members of the Washington Police Department and Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, searched the residence owned by 38 year old Steven W. Lyford. During the search, officers were able to find an estimated 14 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 17 grams of marijuana, small amounts of heroin and morphine, and 31 firearms. Of the guns seized, one handgun was entered into computers as stolen through Knox County, Indiana. Officers later learned that Lyford had in fact been dealing methamphetamine. Lyford was transported to the Daviess County Jail without incident.

A Lawrence County man was injured in a one-vehicle accident Sunday. According to police reports, at around 5:18Pm, 74 year old Lee Schmidt of Mitchell was traveling north on State Road 37 in his 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis when he went off the east side of the road into an embankment. The vehicle jumped the embankment and continued airborne in a northeasterly direction of Wesley Chapel Road. The vehicle came down in the embankment and overturned on the driver’s side. Shmidt suffered cuts and bruises to his chest and was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital.

Friday, May 20, 2016

David Carrender of Martinsville plead guilty Wednesday morning to killing his son Wyatt Carrender. Carrender admitted to killing 19-year-old Wyatt during an argument.
The incident happened on October 13, 2013 with the the argument beginning over a football game. Carreneder agreed to plead guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter with a deadly weapon, a class A felony. Carrender's plea agreement calls for a cap of 25 years to serve, the time to be determined by the judge. Carrender will be formally sentenced 8 a.m. June 14. A juror's misconduct resulted in a mistrial in the case of a Morgan County man who was accused of shooting his 19-year-old son to death. David Carrender had been convicted in the October 2013 death of his son in April but the verdict was overturned after one of the jurors admitted that she violated the judge's orders by reading news stories about the case in the middle of the trial. The verdict was rendered invalid.

Plans remain in the works for the restoration of the once-endangered First Baptist Church building in West Baden Springs. The building will be the site for gospel music beginning at 2 p.m. tomorrow. The event will feature a cappella singing by the Spiritual Wonders. The church is known historically as the West Baden Springs Colored Church or the Negro Baptist Church. In May 2014, it was named by the nonprofit preservation organization, Indiana Landmarks, as one of the state's 10 Most Endangered places. The building was acquired by the Indiana Missionary Baptist Convention’s Southeastern District Association and Anthon Toran, moderator for the association saw an opportunity to restore and reopen the church. According to Toran the have gutted the building and the next project is to straighten the walls. Toran said the association is fortunate to have carpenters, electricians and those with other relevant skills who are part the various congregations and they have put a lot of hard work into the project. Once the church has been restored Toran says, we will place a minister there and the church will be functional and operating on a weekly basis for people of all races, creeds, colors and walks of life. The building was acquired by the town of West Baden who acquired it from the West Baden Historical Society after the church dwindled to one member and they sold the building for One Dollar to the society.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Lawrence County Superior Court Judge Michael Robbins sentenced a Lawrence County man to 16 years in prison for dealing meth and a narcotic drug.
54 year old Bradley Bundy, of Bedford plead guilty to two Level 3 felony counts of dealing meth and one Level 3 felony count of a narcotic drug. On the two charges of dealing in meth, Judge Robbins ordered Bundy to spend 10 years at the Indiana Department of Correction with two years to be served on electronic monitoring, two years to supervised probation and two years on unsupervised probation. On the dealing narcotic drug, a different case. Bundy was ordered to six years in prison with no time suspended, and received credit for 333 days already served. Judge Robbins ordered the two sentences be served consecutively. Several charges were dropped in the negotiated plea agreement.

The investigation of a domestic dispute and battery charges led officers to arrest seven people Tuesday on a total of 29 criminal charges. At 1:55 p.m. Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents, Loogootee Police Chief Kelly Rayhill and Officer Keith Kelly went to a home at a home at 502 South Kentucky Avenue in Loogootee after receiving a call about a domestic dispute that had become physical. The homeowners, James and Deborah Stewart, with their children were in the yard when police arrived. Officers spoke to the family and then left. No one was arrested at that time. A short time later, Trooper Lents received a message to contact Deborah Stewart, because she wanted to file battery charges against her husband. So Trooper Lents and Officer Keller returned to a home, but no one would answer the door. They knew from being on scene earlier that a family member had come out of 422 South Kentucky Avenue, so officers went to that address and knocked on the door. James Stewart hastily exited the residence and attempted to immediately close the door. In the process of his stepping outside, Lents could smell the odor of burnt marijuana from inside the home. Lents opened the door and ordered all of the occupants out of the residence. Six additional adults exited, along with two small children and a 17-year-old juvenile. Lents quickly checked the residence to make sure no one else was inside. When he did he found marijuana on a table and a glass smoking pipe on a sofa in the living room. Lents contacted the Martin County Prosecutor's Office and applied for and obtained a search warrant through the Martin County Circuit Court.While searching the home, officers found numerous items of drug paraphernalia in a bedroom and in a safe in the same room, more drug paraphernalia with white powder that field tested positive for meth. Police arrested: James Stewart, 48, Loogootee, domestic battery, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, visiting a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent; Brittany M. Staats, 19, Loogootee, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent, possession of meth; Christian Williams, 21, Loogootee, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent, possession of meth; Joanna M. Hurst, 41, Loogootee, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent, resisting law enforcement; Jordan T. Brown, 23, Loogootee, on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance; A 17-year-old juvenile, of Loogootee, on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance; A 17-year-old juvenile, of Loogootee, on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance. The five adults were arrested and taken to the Martin County Jail. Two juveniles were summonsed in appear in court. The State Police was assisted by the Martin County Sheriff's Department, Loogootee and Shoals Police Departments, and the Department of Child Services.

Troopers from the Indiana State Police Jasper Post will be conducting a sobriety check point at an undisclosed location in Dubois County on Friday, May 20, 2016. Those drivers passing through the check point area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers, and will only be detained briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary. The purpose of the sobriety check point is to remove those motorists from the highways who are alcohol and/or drug impaired and poses a danger to all who use the roadways.  Impaired drivers are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage, personal injury, and death annually.Reminders so motorists do not find themselves “Over the Limit and Under Arrest”:

•        Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before consuming alcohol.
•        Don’t drive your vehicle if you’ve been drinking alcohol.  Call a taxi or sober friend.
•        Take care of your friends.  Never let a friend drive while impaired.
•        If you are hosting a party, always offer non-alcoholic beverages.  Make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver.
•        Never provide alcohol to anyone under the legal drinking age of 21.

Motorists encountering another vehicle being operated erratically are encouraged to dial 911 or call the Jasper Indiana State Police Post at (812) 482-1441 or (800) 742-7475.  Be prepared to give a description of the vehicle, location, and direction of travel.

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces lane closures for the State Road 37 Bridge spanning the Lost River near Paoli.  Beginning on or around Monday, May 23, contractors will begin work on a pavement overlay project that will reduce traffic on the bridge to one 17-foot lane. Work will begin in the southbound lane and switch over to the northbound lane at a later date. Traffic will be controlled by a temporary signal.  During construction, the restrictions will be in place around the clock. Work is expected to take until mid-August depending upon weather conditions. INDOT urges the motoring public to slow down and stay alert near crews.  

Almost five years and checking out the more than 3,500 tips, the Bloomington Police Department says it is still working "diligently" to determine what happened to Lauren Spierer.  The 20-year-old Indiana University sophomore has not been seen since the early morning hours of June 3, 2011.   Despite national attention and years of investigation, no arrests have been made in the case, and the cause of her disappearance remains unknown, but Bloomington Police have never considered or labeled the Spierer case as a "cold case" and investigators still want to hear from anyone with information about the case.

Indiana Department of Transportation officials strongly urge motorists to avoid traveling southbound State Road 37 Thursday between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. between Martinsville and Bloomington.  A giant transformer weighing 200 tons is scheduled for delivery from rail yards at Martinsville to Hoosier Energy's Bloomington Transmission Substation. Alternative routes are suggested as it will occupy both southbound lanes on Hwy 37, traveling slow at about 10mph and take about 31/2 hours to complete

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Troopers from the Indiana State Police Jasper Post will be conducting a sobriety check point at an undisclosed location in Dubois County on Friday, May 20, 2016 . Those drivers passing through the check point area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers, and will only be detained briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary.   The purpose of the sobriety check point is to remove those motorists from the highways who are alcohol and/or drug impaired and poses a danger to all who use the roadways. Impaired drivers are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage, personal injury, and death annually.

In Bedford, the Milwaukee depot will be moved on Wednesday, rain or shine.   The public can watch the proceedings.   The depot project is part of the city of Bedford's Stellar Communities grant. The limestone building, which opened in 1900, is 130 feet long and weighs 350 tons. A Wolfe employee will direct the moving using a wireless, radio remote control system.  Crews will move the depot to the edge of the street on Tuesday in preparation of the move on Wednesday. The depot will be moved d to a lot at 14th and J streets that is about 1,200 feet south of its current site.   Kirk says it will take a couple of days to move the depot. On the third day they will place it on its foundation at the new location. Once the depot is placed on its new foundation, Tri-County Builders will resume work on the interior. The project will be completed by November.

Police have arrested a Salem man on a charge of attempted murder.
According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, 37-year-old Ken Ross Anderson was arrested after he allegedly fired shots at a vehicle on Saturday morning in Washington County.  The shooting happened on Voyles Road, just south of State Road 60.around 5:45am.  Authorities say the alleged victim was traveling north on Voyles Road and came up behind Anderson's vehicle and stopped.  when both vehicles were stopped, Anderson allegedly fired several shots at the victim. No one was injured during the incident.   Investigators say Anderson and the alleged victim did not know each other, and the shooting does not appear to have been provoked.  If anyone has any information about the incident or the third vehicle, please contact the Washington County Sheriff's Department at (812) 883-5999 

Monday, May 16th, 2016

A Dubois County man was arrested Sunday evening after police responded to a domestic disturbance involving a gun.
According to Huntingburg police, they responded to 617 E. Fourth St. at about 8:44 p.m. for the domestic disturbance report. When they arrived, they made contact with 49 year old Carl Young,of Huntingburg, and an adult female. During the course of the investigation, Young was placed under arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a Level 4 Felony. He was transported to and booked into the Duboi s County Jail .The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of Child Services also responded to the scene.

Dubois County Police arrested a man after he was extricated from the SUV he crashed on County Road 1100S in Dubois County Sunday afternoon. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, they were responding to several calls about a red Ford Explorer being driven recklessly on U.S. 231 at about 3:25 p.m. While they were searching for the SUV, deputies received a call about a crashed Ford Explorer on County Road 1100S between U.S. 231 and County Road 200W. When deputies arrived on scene they found the SUV on its side with the driver trapped. Saint Henry Volunteer Firefighters had to extricate the driver, identified as 49 year old Andrade Mora Prisco, of Robards, Ky., from the vehicle and he was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital by ambulance. The SUV was recovered by a Sternberg’s wrecker. It was totaled in the crash. After being treated, Prisco was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .32 percent and operator never licensed and was booked into the Dubois County Jail.

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a boating accident that occurred on a private lake at the Land and Forest Club in Jackson County Friday night.  24 year old Joshua Smith of Greenwood, was severely injured after crashing a personal watercraft while his passenger, 23 year old Bridget Smith of Clayton, IN suffered non-life threatening injuries. Just before 8:30 p.m., witnesses observed Joshua Smith traveling at a high rate of speed on a Honda PWC with Bridget seated at the rear.  The PWC struck a dock, and both occupants were ejected, while Joshua was knocked unconscious.  Neighbors who heard or witnessed the collision, including a medical doctor, quickly rushed to the scene and rendered aid to Joshua, who was found floating face-down and unresponsive in the water.  Both were airlifted to local hospitals for multiple injuries. Alcohol is believed to have been a contributing factor; the incident remains under investigation by Indiana Conservation Officers.  Assisting agencies at the scene included Jackson County EMS, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, and Brownstow

Friday, May 13th, 2016

This morning, at approximately 12:40 a.m., the Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on US 31 near County Road 500 South in Jackson County that claimed the life of a three-year-old Seymour girl.
The initial investigation by Trooper Jacob Tolle indicated that a 2006 Jeep Liberty being operated by 21-year-old Brent A. Sawyer, of Crothersville, was traveling southbound on US 31 when he lost control of the vehicle. Sawyer's vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of a 2003 Ford Windstar being driven by 30-year-old Devin P. Bevers, also of Crothersville,that was traveling northbound on US 31. The vehicles collided nearly head on in the center of the roadway. As a result of the collision, Bevers' daughter, 3-year-old Tavaya A. Bevers, who was a back seat passenger in Bevers' vehicle, sustained fatal injuries in the crash. She was transported by ambulance to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Indiana where she died from injuries sustained in the crash. Tavaya Bevers was believed to be have been properly restrained in a child restraint when the crash occurred. Both drivers were checked out at the scene by medical personnel after sustaining minor injuries in the crash.The investigation into the crash is ongoing. Toxicology tests on both drivers are pending.

An 18-year-old Medora High School student faces an intimidation charge in connection with an incident Thursday in which he threatened to shoot students and turn the gun on himself.
Police arrested Willis Abell of Medora in a parking lot near his home, just a few blocks away from the school on George Street. Jackson County Police were called to the school at 3:20 p.m. According to police, seven minutes before school was dismissed Abell became upset and told a teacher he was going to go get an AK-47 and come back and shoot students and then himself. The teacher reported the incident to the principal, who then called police and the school went on lockdown. Police found Abell a short time later in a parking lot near his home. No weapon was found. As soon as Abell was located, the buses and students were allowed to leave. Abell was booked into the Jackson County Jail at 4:53 p.m Thursday and is being held without bond pending his initial hearing.

All three of the people arrested in the robbery and slaying of a Seymour man in April 2015 have now been sentenced to prison.
22-year-old Jessica L. Jarrell of North Vernon recently received a 20-year-prison term from Jackson Circuit Judge Richard W. Poynter after she agreed to plead guilty to robbery resulting in serious bodily injury in connection with the death of 42-year-old Gilbert Engle. 26-year-old Andrea M. Hollin, also of North Vernon, received a nine-year prison term from Poynter after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the incident that led to Engle's death. Judge Poynter sentenced 33-year-old Daniel Combs to 16 years in prison for a Level 3 felony conviction on a possession of meth charge in connection to the incident that led to the death of Engle.Combs was ordered to spend four additional years in prison for a second conviction on a Level 5 felony charge of assisting a criminal. The sentences will be served consecutively, and state law requires Combs to spend at least 15 years in prison before becoming eligible for release. Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott says investigators believe Combs shot and killed Engle during an incident at Engle's second-floor apartment in the 200 block of North Chestnut Street after a night of using heroin and other drugs. Engle's body was found by his roommate.

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

A Lawrence County man was taken to a local hospital after he suffered a neck injury in a multi-car collision Wednesday in Bedford.
According to police reports, at about 2:48 p.m., 18 year old Makayla Ruland, of Bedford was facing south and was stopped at the intersection of Fifth and W streets in her 2005 BMW. Meanwhile, 92 year old William Arthur, of Bedford was traveling west and approaching the intersection in his silver 2013 Buick. Arthur said Ruland’s vehicle pulled out in front of him and struck his vehicle in the front passenger side. Ruland said she was attempting to turn east onto Fifth Street, and she did not see Arthur’s vehicle before the collision. Arthur complained of pain in his neck and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Earlier this morning, Worthington Town Marshall Randy Raney requested Troopers with the Indiana State Police to assist him with a narcotics investigation.
During the investigation a traffic stop was conducted on 35 year old Eric Word, of Switz City who was operating a red Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck.  During the course of the traffic stop, Trooper Klun deployed his Narcotics K9 “Loki” who gave a positive indication for the odor of a controlled substance inside of the vehicle. Discovered inside the truck were numerous items of drug paraphernalia, marijuana, LSD, methamphetamine and items indicating the distribution of narcotics.  Word was also discovered to be in possession of a loaded firearm during the traffic stop. Word was booked into the Greene County Jail on the following charges: Dealing Methamphetamine while in Possession of a Firearm – Level 4 Felony, Possession of Methamphetamine while in Possession of a Firearm – Level 5 Felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance while in Possession of a Firearm – Level 6 Felony, Possession of Marijuana – B-Misdemeanor, Possession of Paraphernalia – C-Misdemeanor. Units assisting were Indiana State Police Troopers Caleb Garvin and Nicholas Bartalone along with Worthington Police Officer Russell Walls.

As the crossroads of America, Indiana relies on first-class roads and bridges to continue to grow our economy and keep drivers safe. This year, the General Assembly worked with Gov. Pence to pass $1 billion in new road funding without raising taxes or acquiring new debt. This money is in addition to the $2.6 billion the state already projected to spend on roads over the next two years. Each local government has an account that the state uses to distribute local income taxes. Since the economy has grown following the Great Recession, and because of the way the state distributes this money to the local governments, extra funds have accumulated in many of these reserve accounts over the past few years. In communities in and around Senate District 47, over $8.3 million was distributed to our local governments. The figures below, listed by county, reflect the total funding that city, town and county governments received in our area: Crawford County: $159,135, Dubois County: $4,437,591, Orange County: $404,727, Washington County: $1,741,970

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

A Bloomington man charged in February with robbing two banks in Columbus is now accused of robbing three more - two in Bloomington and one in Terre Haute.   The Herald Times reports a federal grand jury has indicted 49-year-old Stephen M. Lee, 49, of 6717 S. Harmony Road, on five federal bank robbery charges.   He had jailed at the Bartholomew County Jail on $300,000 bond in connection with the two Columbus robberies since his arrest during a traffic stop in Bloomington around 2 a.m. Feb. 17.   Bloomington Police arrested Lee about 12 hours after the Main Source Bank at 529 Washington Street in Columbus was robbed.   Columbus police arrived at the bank around 1:30 p.m. Feb. 16 after a man with gun walked in and handed a note to the teller demanding money.   The Lee got away with some cash, and police released surveillance images of the crime.   Police say Lee may also be responsible for a second robbery in Columbus at the Jackson County Bank on November 2, 2015

Jasper police are asking the public for assistance in locating Walter Salgado Lopez, 27, of 112 E. 35th Street, Jasper.   According to an article in the Dubois County Free Press,   Lopez is being sought on three counts of battery and one count of interfering with a crime for allegedly battering a woman in Jasper on Sunday, May 8. Police were called to the incident but when they arrived, Lopez had fled the scene.   The victim was taken to Memorial Hospital by ambulance for treatment. She was released.  An arrest warrant has been issued by the Dubois County Superior Court.Police ask that anyone with information contact the department at 812-482-2255 or on the anonymous tip line at 812-481-2677 (COPS).

An elderly Petersburg woman died as a result of a  a single-vehicle accident on State Road 56 Monday morning.       Indiana State Police say that 89 year old  Carolyn Bennett  was a passenger ina car which ran off the highway at about 8:20 a.m. near County Road 1100E in Pike County.   Sharon L. Cannon, 54, of Petersburg, was driving a 1996 Chevrolet east on State Road 56 approaching CR 1100E when, for unknown reasons, Cannon’s vehicle left the roadway on the right side. The car entered a ditch and struck an embankment before stopping.   Cannon was not injured but Mrs. Bennett and her husband Edward Bennett, 93, were taken to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville where Mrs. Bennett died from her injuries. Mr. Bennett was treated for a head injury.  The Bennetts are the parents of Kyle Bennett, CEO of Memorial Hospital in Jasper. 

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

A suspended Washington School employee has been arrested on multiple counts of child seduction.    Washington City Police officers arrested 25-year-old William A. Breeden, of Washington Friday on four counts of child seduction.   According to a probable cause affidavit, police say Breeden is accused of four incidents involving a 17-year-old female student at Washington High School where Breeden was employed and had supervision over the girl.  Police began investigation the allegations on April 11, 2016, after a student reported an improper student-teacher relationship to High School Principal Leanne Kelley and Assistant Principal Troy Zollars.  A detective interviewed Breeden, who was working as a non-certified school employee dealing with credit recovery in the school's Resource Department, when the alleged events happened.   .The student reported she would meet Breeden at the top lake boat dock at the Eastside Park. The girl says the two engaged in sex acts on at least four occasions between Feb. 1 and April 11 of this year.  Breeden is free on $7,500 bond. No trial date has been set.   Breeden was placed on administrative leave following an internal school investigation on April 12 and he has been barred from school grounds since that time

Taxpayers are reminded that the Spring installment of property taxes are due today. Payments postmarked or made in person after today will automatically incur a penalty.

Background checks for gun purchases are soaring in Indiana.   The South Bend Tribune reports that for the first four months of this year, more than 730,000 background checks were conducted.  That’s more than twice the number from a year ago..  






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