Friday, July 31st, 2015
A Bedford man was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison for two cases involving methamphetamine. Joshua G. Woods appeared before Judge William Sleva for a sentence hearing in Lawrence Superior Court II. Woods, 26, 2600 Sixth St., pleaded guilty to dealing methamphetamine, a Class B felony, in December, and in April, he pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of meth, Level 6 felony, that stemmed from a separate incident. Charges of possession of meth, Class D felony, maintaining a common nuisance, Class D felony, and possession of paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor, were dismissed. He received credit for 336 days already served. During a hearing lasting five minutes, Sleva ordered Woods, represented by public defender Debra S. Andry, to eight years in the Department of Correction for the dealing methamphetamine charge according to a plea agreement. Two years were suspended, and two years will be served on probation. Sleva also recommended him to participate in the therapeutic community at the DOC and ordered him to participate in ADAPT. For the second case, Sleva ordered Woods to serve two years in prison, and the sentences will be consecutive. Neither Andry nor deputy prosecutor Katie Kleihege presented evidence, testimony or arguments.
Police in Jasper are asking the public for help in identifying the person or persons involved in setting a fire on the pedestrian bridge of the Jasper Riverwalk. Jasper Police were notified of smoke seen coming from the bridge at about 6:40 a.m. Friday. When officers arrived, they found boards on the bridge were smoldering and appeared to have been smoldering for some time. A hole was burned through two of the boards. Officers determined burning paper material had likely caused the damage. Police are asking that anyone with information about the incident, please contact the department at 812-482-2255 or on the anonymous tip line at 812-481-2677 (COPS).
Huntingburg Police on Wednesday arrested a Dubois County woman following an investigation into money reported stolen from a local business. Officers were investigating the report of an undisclosed amount of money being stolen from Casey’s, in Huntingburg by 32 year old Alicia Higgs of Huntingburg, an employee of Caseys. Higgs was identified as a suspect in the investigation. During the investigation, officers determined Higgs has a warrant for her arrest out of Gibson County for aggravated assault, a probation violation, and family strong-arm. Officers waited at Casey’s for Higgs to arrive at work to serve the warrant for her arrest. When she drove into the parking lot, officers took her into custody on the warrants. During the arrest, they noted a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on Higgs. She was taken to Jasper Police Department for a certified chemical test which indicated her blood alcohol content was .113 percent. Officers also determined Higgs’ license was suspended. She was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated and driving while suspended. The investigation into the theft from the store is ongoing. Jasper Police Department assisted with the incident.
Thursday, July 30th, 2015
A routine police patrol led to the arrest of a Lawrence County man early this morning. According to police reports, 20 year old Kody Moody, of Bedford, was in a parked vehicle on Moose Lane, west of Mitchell. Lawrence County Police Department Sgt. Lonnie Johnson was patrolling in that area when he passed by the vehicle. When the vehicle’s lights flashed, Johnson pulled over to talk to the people in the car. Moody, who was wanted on warrants, was being handcuffed when Johnson saw him throw a pack of cigarettes. When he checked the discarded package, Johnson discovered 0.4 grams of methamphetamine and hydrocodone pills, a Schedule II controlled substance, inside. Moody was booked into the Lawrence County Jail on charges of possession of meth and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. The warrants are for fraud and theft and he remains in jail with no bond set.
Huntingburg officers arrested a Dubois County man Monday for possession of paraphernalia and marijuana. According to Police reports, Huntingburg police were looking for 52 year old Terry Hall at about 10:30 p.m. Monday, in reference an incident that occurred on Shelby Street. After receiving a tip he was at Ron’s Place, they located him there a short time later. Police then located a glass smoking pipe and marijuana on Hall. He was charged with class C misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia and class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana and booked into the Dubois County Jail. Dubois County Sheriff’s Department also assisted with the incident.
The Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg received a complaint of burglary and theft from the National Guard Armory located in New Albany, IN on November 18, 2014,. During the theft several items were taken including; police style tasers, taser cartridges, police style pepper spray and other police/military style items. Shortly after this, items like the ones taken started appearing on social media sites for sale. Detective Rachel Abbott from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg was able to recover these items. During her continued investigation she was able to find other items that had been stolen totaling to approximately $10,300.00. As the case progressed, Detective Abbott was able to obtain enough probable cause to request an arrest warrant out of the Floyd County Circuit Court in New Albany. As a result of the request on May 13th an arrest warrant was issued for 23 year old Cody Proffitt, of New Albany. The arrest warrant was for Theft, a Level Six Felony. Proffitt was arrested early this morning and is being housed at the Clark County Jail awaiting extradition to Floyd County. Although an arrest has taken place, troopers are still searching for several items that have not been located. There are seven tasers along with more police style pepper spray and numerous live and training style taser cartridges, a USB Data Download Port and several pouches that are used to hold the police style pepper spray when not in use. Anyone with information on the missing articles is encouraged to contact Detective Rachel Abbott at the Sellersburg State Police Post at 1-800-872-6743 or 812-246-5424. All callers can remain anonymous.
Monday, July 27th, 2015
Lawrence County and Bedford police detectives are investigating a robbery that took place late Thursday night at the Marathon on 16th Street in Bedford. The two owners were closing the store at 11:31 p.m. when a man approached them as they were getting in their vehicles. The only description they could give was a male and that he had a handgun and asked for money, according to police. The owners gave him a German American bank bag containing more than $1500.00 and he ran south behind the business. The two victims, who were not hurt, immediately called 911, and two officers in the area responded, along with a police dog. Police are reviewing video footage from the store and are asking anyone with information about the man or the incident to call the Bedford Police Department at (812) 275-3311.
Jasper Police have arrested a man who threatened to drown his children. According to Police reports, Jasper Police arrested 21 year old Jacob Hundley of Jasper, Sunday morning after his girlfriend notified them he was making threats. Hundley allegedly told his girlfriend he was going to drown his two children, ages 2 and 4, and then harm himself. Police were then called to Hundley’s residence at about 4:11 a.m. and attempted to make contact with Hundley. He initially opened the door to the home and then closed it to go back into the residence. Officers were able to arrest him, but after handcuffing and as an officer was walking Hundley to the police car, he repeatedly attempted to pull away, and became aggressive, making threats towards an officer at the scene. Hundley was charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and two Level 6 felony counts of Intimidation. Hundley also had a warrant for his arrest out of Spencer County. He was then booked into the Dubois County Jail.
Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department arrested 34 year old Joseph Dion Ater, Jr, from Washington County Sunday. The arrest came after Detective Scott Stewart from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg was notified by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department in December of 2014 of a female being allegedly molested by Joseph D. Ater, Jr. After completing the investigation Detective Stewart turned the case into the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office who sought and received an arrest warrant for Joseph D. Ater, Jr. The arrest warrant was issued out of the Washington County Circuit Court for Child Molesting, Felony.
Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
Two adults were LifeFlighted and two children treated for injuries after a head-on collision east of the Dubois Crossroad Wednesday afternoon. According to police reports, 57 year old Brian Baker of West County Road 325 North, West Baden, was eastbound on State Road 56 in a 2005 Honda CRV at about 5:55 p.m. when, for an unknown reason, the vehicle crossed the center line. The Honda traveled into the path of a westbound 2008 Toyota Prius driven by 54 year old Jeannine Martin of Jasper, and the two vehicles collided. Baker and Martin had to both be extricated from their vehicles before being transported to Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Both were then flown by helicopter to St. Mary’s Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. According to deputies, Baker suffered an upper leg injury and Martin complained of chest and abdominal pain. Two children in Martin’s Toyota were also injured and taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital by ambulance for treatment. A two-year-old in the car sustained an abrasion to his chin and a 10-month-old was bruised from the seatbelt, according to police. Both vehicles were destroyed in the accident and authorities believe the use of seatbelts by all occupants greatly reduced the severity of the injuries. The accident is under investigation. Indiana State Police, Dubois Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor and Sons wrecker assisted at the scene.
Two drug dealers tried to sell dirt as Heroin according to Bedford Police. Bedford Police arrested 38 year old Damien Carter and 35 year old Lindsey O Brien were arrested Wednesday by police. According to Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley, it was determined that they had been selling what they were presenting as heroin but it turned out that it was dirt. Carter of Indianapolis, was charged with conspiracy to deal heroin, conspiracy to deal heroin more than 1 gram, conspiracy to deal heroin more than 5 grams, conspiracy to deal heroin more than 10 grams, dealing in a lookalike substance, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license and a prior conviction. O’ Brien of Avon, was charged with conspiracy to deal heroin, conspiracy to deal heroin more than 1 gram, conspiracy to deal heroin more than 5 grams, conspiracy to deal heroin more than 10 grams, dealing in a lookalike substance, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia. Bedford Police said the arrests came after they received a report Wednesday evening that a possible drug deal was happening in the area of 16th Street and Becky Skillman Way. Police were given a description of a vehicle that was believed to be involved and found it on the parking lot of the Casa Brava restaurant. Carter and O’Brien were in the vehicle when police arrived.
A man is arrested in connection with an overnight arson and explosive devices found in Evansville. According to the Vanderburgh County Jail website, 25-year-old Caleb Loving is facing a long list of charges including at least two counts of manufacturing, transporting and distributing explosives. The chain of events began around 1:30 Thursday morning when authorities responded to a fire at the Sugar Mill Creek apartment complex. No one was hurt, but authorities suspected arson as the cause. Police say Loving, who lives at the apartment complex, is charged with arson in connection with the fire. Around 8:30 Thursday morning, the Evansville Police Department says officers were sent to the McDonald's in the 3300 block of N. Green River Rd. after a customer called 911 and reported a man wearing a bullet proof vest, later identified as Loving, had walked inside with a suspicious bag. Police say the restaurant was evacuated and that area of Green River Rd. was closed off. The area reopened around 3 p.m. Loving was taken into custody near the McDonald's not long after police arrived at the scene. The EPD Hazardous Device Unit was then brought in to check out the bag. EPD says a Molotov cocktail and a pipe bomb were discovered inside. Police say the bomb squad was able to safely dispose of both of those devices. Police say they don't suspect terrorism or federal charges at this point.
Monday, July 20th, 2015
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an ATV accident that led to a Dubois County woman being hospitalized Sunday night. 29 year old Zachery Linne, of Dubois, was driving a Polaris Razor side by side ATV with 26 year old Amanda Jones, of Dubois riding as a passenger. While headed eastbound on Dubois Cuzco Road, the ATV left the roadway and then re-entered the roadway rolling on its side. The passenger Amanda Jones was ejected onto the pavement and suffered facial injuries, abrasions and road rash. She was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital for treatment. The only safety gear being worn by either subject was a seatbelt by the driver. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the cause of the accident. Responding agencies included the Dubois County Sheriffs Department, Indiana State Police, Dubois EMS, Dubois Fire Department and Indiana Conservation Officers. Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage the use of protective equipment such as helmets, gloves and riding boots while operating an ATV.
A second suspect has been arrested in a June 28th kidnapping. 31 year old Jacob Bunch of Bedford, has been charged in connection with a kidnapping that occurred on June 28. He is the second man to be arrested in the case. Bunch, of Bedford previously had not been identified in the case and has been referred to in earlier Times-Mail stories only as the driver of the vehicle that was used in the incident. The other suspect 31 year old Michael Montgomery remains without bond in the Lawrence County jail. Bunch was booked into jail at 2:16 p.m. on Friday and remains in custody. His bond is set at $2,005 cash or $20,000 surety. He is charged with aiding, inducing or causing a kidnapping, a Level 5 felony; aiding, inducing or causing criminal confinement, a Level 5 felony, and driving with a suspended license, a Class A misdemeanor.
A Lawrence County driver escaped injury Sunday when the brakes on his Jeep failed and the vehicle crashed into the Jim Day building. 36 year old James Byrd, of Springville told police he was driving west on State Road 158 and was attempting to turn in to Revere’s Food and Fuel convenience store. He said that, when he applied his brakes, the vehicle didn’t stop. He angled the vehicle into the parking lot and drove through the southernmost bay at the JimDay car wash. After going through the car wash, Byrd made a U-turn to avoid going onto State Road 450. The 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee then struck the building’s northwest corner. Byrd was wearing a seat belt, police said. He was cited for operating a vehicle without proof of financial responsibility.
Friday, July 17th, 2015
One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday in Bedford. According to Lawrence County police reports, at around 5:01PM, 41 year old David Brown of Bedford, was driving south on L Street near 13th Street. At the same time, 28 year old Eric Lamar, of Williams, was driving a 2003 Subaru Legacy Outback station wagon west on 13th Street. He told police he was stopped at a stop sign and did not see the Chrysler approaching the intersection. His passenger 40 year old Kristy Brown of Bedford, was leaning forward, blocking his sight of the minivan. Brown then told police that the station wagon pulled out into the middle of the intersection, and Brown was unable to avoid the accident. Kristy Brown complained of pain to her hip area and a Seals ambulance took her to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is joining the race for Rep. Todd Young's seat in Congress, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Those filings show the Republican candidate will make a run for Indiana's 9th District House of Representatives seat. Zoeller has not yet publicly announced his candidacy. In a statement, Zoller says it is only appropriate to announce his public announcement after Young makes his. State Sen. Erin Houchin has announced her candidacy for Young's house seat on Wednesday.
A U.S. Department of Agriculture report says roughly one-quarter of Indiana's corn and soybean crops are in poor shape following the state's wettest June on record. Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt says the federal agency's latest report rates 25 percent of Indiana corn as being "very poor" or "poor." The report says 26 percent of Indiana soybeans are in similar conditions. Purdue has estimated losses for corn and soybean crops are nearly $500 million. The State Climate Office has said Indiana's average June rainfall of 9.03 inches was a new record for the month. Many fields that had begun to dry out were again drenched last week.
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
Two boaters were found safe after they had boat trouble on White River early Thursday morning. According to the Lawrence County Sheriffs Department, they received a call at 1:15 a.m. reporting that 22-year-old James Bales and 20-year-old Chad Phillips, both of Orleans, had launched their boat at the Rivervale boat ramp. But at 11:30 p.m. one of the men contacted a family member saying they were having motor trouble and were going to attempt to paddle back to the dock. But after two hours, family had not heard from them. Family members then began their own search and told police they were driving up and down the roadways near the river looking for the missing boaters but couldn't find them and reported they were still attempting to contact the men, but cell service in the area was spotty. The sheriffs department then says the men were unable to paddle the boat to shore, so they jumped out and swam to shore. Department of Natural Resource officers, Marion Volunteer Fire Department firefighters and a Seals ambulance team were called to the area to assist in the search. At 2:05 a.m. the family member reported they had heard from the men and the two had made it out of the water near the Buddha bridge. A Lawrence County officer found the men walking along the Buddha Bypass.
A Lawrence County man was flown to an Indianapolis hospital after being hurt in a two-car crash Wednesday at the junction of State Road 54 and State Road 58 in Lawrence county. According to a Lawrence County Police Department report, at 11:42AM, 66 year old Janet H. Leighty of Springville, was driving a 2007 Dodge Caravan east on State Road 54. Meanwhile, 72 year old Larry Williams, of Bedford was driving a 2011 Chevrolet LTS sedan west on State Road 54. Williams told police he did not see the Leighty’s Dodge and tried to turn left onto State Road 58. The Chevrolet turned into the path of the Dodge, and the two vehicles collided. Williams suffered internal and head injuries. A Seals ambulance was called to the scene to take Williams to a local hospital. He was then flown by a helicopter ambulance to Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis.
Lane restrictions are in effect on the bridges spanning Spider Creek on State Road 37. The closings are part of a pavement overlay project. The Indiana Department of Transportation reports contractors will begin paving both bridges on the divided highway and performing maintenance on the bridges’ substructure. During the work, both bridges will be restricted to one lane around the clock and will have a 14-foot maximum width restriction. Arrow boards and a barrier wall will be in place to control traffic. Depending on weather conditions, the work is expected to last until mid-September.
Friday, July 10th, 2015
Three juveniles have been charged with burglarizing a local youth sports concession stand. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, three teenagers are facing Level 5 felony counts of burglary and misdemeanor counts of theft and criminal mischief after they allegedly burglarized the Ireland Youth Sports concession. The break-in was discovered Monday morning. Two of the teenagers are from Jasper, the other is from Huntingburg. A window air conditioning unit was destroyed when it was pushed through a window to gain entry to the building. The building, which is located east of Ireland Elementary school was also ransacked and some concessions including candy and sodas were taken. A witness helped police locate the three teenagers who were found walking along County Road West 300 North a short time later. The three were released to the custody of their parents.
Thursday, July 9th, 2015
A rural Dubois man has been arrested for child molesting. Indiana State Police say 48 year old Michael Hobbs was arrested Tuesday charged with a Level 4 Felony count of Child Molesting with a Minor Under the Age of 14. ISP says during what is called a forensic interview that took place earlier in the day on Tuesday, a female juvenile victim told officers she had been sexually abused by Hobbs for years. Police says the victim was younger than 14 when the alleged abuse began. If found guilty, a Level 4 felony count of child molesting carries a prison term of two to 12 years. The Dubois County Department of Child Services assisted in the investigation.
The Jasper Police Department says it is looking for anyone who witnessed a two-car accident that happened early Wednesday morning. Jasper Police say 41-year old Maria Duncan of rural Jasper was driving southbound on Clay Street shortly before 6:00AM when her car was struck by a car that was westbound on Second Street. Police say the driver of the westbound car, 33-year old Lena Alton of Petersburg, told officers she was stopped at the intersection and then proceeded. She told police Duncan’s car did not stop and drove into her path and the two vehicles collided. Duncan told police she did stop before proceeding westbound and she thinks Alton disregarded the stop sign and drove into the side of her car. Duncan complained of left leg pain and refused to be transported to the hospital. Jasper Police is asking for anyone who witnessed the accident to 812-482-2255 or you can call the anonymous tip line at 812-481-COPS (2677).
Jasper police say 26-year old Rogelio Lopez-Luria of Washington was arrested Tuesday afternoon on a federal warrant charging him with possession of a firearm by an illegal alien.The Jasper Police Department say they assisted U. S. Homeland Security agents in taking Lopez-Luria into custody at his place of employment in Jasper. Lopez-Luria was taken to the Dubois County Security Center. Custody was later transferred to U. S. Federal agents.
Monday, July 6th, 2015
A Lawrence County man was injured after his motorcycle went down on its side Saturday on Breckenridge Road in Lawrence County. According to a Lawrence county Police report, at around 3:07PM, 28 year old Joshua Ingram of Springville, was operating a 2002 Honda Shadow and was traveling west on Breckenridge Road. Ingram told police the motorcycle went down on its side and skidded on the roadway. He also said he had just left work and believed he had debris from his workplace on his boot, which caused his boot to slip off the foot peg and then caused the rear wheel of the motorcycle to slide. Ingram complained of shoulder and arm pain. He was treated at the scene by a Seals ambulance crew and declined ambulance transport to a hospital
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an ATV accident that occurred late Friday night in Jackson County. Police say 27-year-old Zachary Bowers of Medora was unconscious and was flown by helicopter to St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis with multiple injuries after apparently striking a dog in the roadway. Just before 11:30 p.m. a motorist found Bowers face-down on County Road 825 West near Curry Road. An Indiana Conservation Officer arrived shortly afterward and discovered Bowers' ATV over an embankment. Police say Bowers struck and killed a dog in the roadway before flipping his ATV multiple times. Alcohol is believed to have been a contributing factor; toxicology results are pending. Bowers was not wearing a helmet or any safety equipment.Assisting agencies at the scene included the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Jackson County Medic 6, and Carr Township Fire Department. The incident remains under investigation by Indiana Conservation Officers. Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage riders to always wear a helmet and necessary safety equipment when operating an ATV.
Indiana and 16 others states have reached settlement with Dollar Tree. They believe the move ensure marketplace competition following word of Dollar Tree‘s merger with Family Dollar stores. The settlement requires Dollar Tree to sell more than 300 Family Dollar stores to a new competitor as part of the acquisition deal. The stores will be sold and re-branded as DollarExpress locations. One store in Fort Wayne, two in Gary, and two in Indianapolis will be sold to Sycamore Holdings and rebranded as DollarExpress in Indiana. Dollar Tree is also required to report or notify the Indiana Attorney General‘s Office of future store acquisitions, relocations or closings. Family Dollar has stores in Paoli, Mitchell, Bedford, Salem and one being built in Birdseye.
Friday, July 3rd, 2015
Two were injured in a motorcycle accident early this morning on Oolitic Road, and one was flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. According to police reports, 54 year old Mark Allam, of Ellettsville, was driving a 2007 Harley-Davidson motorcycle northwest on Oolitic Road near the Salt Creek Bridge at 12:19 a.m. He went off the north side of the road, and the motorcycle struck a guardrail. The motorcycle continued down the length of the guardrail and eventually flipped over the guardrail. Allam suffered a cut to his face and was bleeding, and a passenger, 42-year-old Billie Ellis of Mitchell suffered pain to her back and was incapacitated. The police report indicated Allam and Ellis were thrown off the motorcycle. Neither of them was wearing a helmet. Assisting Lawrence County Police at the scene were an IU Health Bedford Hospital ambulance, along with the Shawswick Township and Oolitic volunteer fire departments. An IU Health medical helicopter also was called to fly Ellis from IU Health Bedford Hospital to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. At the scene Allam was given a portable breath test, and it gave a positive result for alcohol. Police also then obtained a blood sample from Allam and sent it to the Indiana State Department of Toxicology for analysis. Results are pending.
A carnival employee has been arrested in Otwell after police identified the man in surveillance video showing he had stolen money from a Jasper business. According to Jasper Police Thursday, police were called to a Jasper business about the theft of $140 from a cash register that had happened on Tuesday. Police after reviewing the video surveillance, which showed a patron later identified as 39 year old Bernard Johnson, of Louisville, accessing a cash register when an employee stepped away. Police then learned Johnson may be part of the traveling amusement ride company in the area for Otwell’s 4th of July celebration. A Jasper police officer and Indiana State trooper went to the celebration and located Johnson working as an attendant on a ride. Police arrested Johnson and charged him with theft. He was then booked into the Dubois County Jail.
A Dubois County driver said she lost control of her vehicle when it crashed and ended up blocking part of the railroad tracks south of Huntingburg Wednesday afternoon. Police say 18 year old Allison Ash, 18, of Huntingburg, was eastbound on Ferdinand Road NW when according to Ash, the 1990 Buick Century she was driving slid on the wet pavement. Ash overcorrected and went off the right side of the road where the vehicle struck a railroad crossing sign post and electrical transformer. The Buick stopped partially on the railroad tracks. Train traffic was held until it was removed. Ash complained of pain to her lower leg and was taken by personal vehicle to Jasper Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released. The Buick had about $500 in damages; the electrical transformer belonging to the City of Huntingburg had about $1,500 in damages; and the railroad sign belonging to Norfolk Southern had about $250 in damage. Norfolk Southern Railroad, Huntingburg utilities and a KARS wrecker assisted at the scene.
Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
On June 30th, 2015 the Orange County Drug Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant at 2515 South County Road 500 East in Paoli which was occupied by Eric Osborn and Courtney Mcclure. The search warrant also included the business of “Magnificent Mushrooms” which was owned by Eric Osborn and was located on the property near the residence. Upon execution of the search warrant officers located approximately 5 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms and approximately 7 pounds of marijuana “butter”. Officers also located several items used to facilitate the manufacturing of psilocybin mushrooms. Eric Osborn is facing charges of manufacturing a schedule I controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and maintaining a common nuisance. Courtney Mcclure is facing charges of manufacturing a schedule I controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and maintaining a common nuisance. These operations would not be possible without the tips and information received from the citizens of Orange County. We would again like to thanks the citizens for assisting us in our efforts to keep Orange County a safe and healthy community to live. As always, please contact your local Police or Sheriff’s Department if you suspect illegal activity in your area
A Lawrence County woman was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for dealing methamphetamine, along with other charges. 32 year old Tricia Terrell, of Bedford had met with a confidential informant twice during May at prearranged locations to sell the informant meth, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Lawrence Superior Court II. The informant first met with Terrell to give her money. Then, the two met in the parking lot of Englewood Baptist Church, where Terrell gave the informant the drug. After that first purchase, the informant turned over 0.17 grams of crystal meth to Lawrence County police officers. A 2-year-old was in Terrell’s vehicle when the exchange took place. During the second controlled buy, the informant met with Terrell at a prearranged location, and the informant again gave Terrell money. The informant told police “that Terrell was supposed to take the money and then return a short time later with methamphetamine. The informant received text messages from Terrell asking questions, which the informant answered, but then the informant was not contacted by Terrell again. Terrell is charged with two counts of dealing meth, possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance and a motion to revoke bond. No bond was set because Terrell was out on bond at the time after she was arrested Oct. 3 on warrants for forgery and theft.
The 18th and Final Suspect in Operation Double Trouble has been Taken into Custody. On June 4, 2015, local law enforcement officers began serving arrest warrants for drug dealing offenses stemming from an investigation known as Operation Double Trouble. Ten warrants were served as part of Round 1 of Operation Double Trouble. Seven warrants were served during Round 2 of Operation Double Trouble on June 24, 2015. One warrant from the operation remained outstanding after the second round until today. 29 year old Charity Bratcher, of, Owensboro, is facing four Level 6 felony counts of dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance. She is also charged with one Level 6 felony count of unlawful sale of a legend drug in the Spencer County Circuit Court. Also, another Operation Big Brother defendant, Joseph W. Christmon, 42, Birdseye, entered into a plea agreement this morning in the Dubois Superior Court. Mr. Christmon pled guilty to Dealing in Cocaine as a Class B felony. He is set to receive a 16-year prison sentence at the Indiana Department of Correction. He will also be responsible for paying a fine and court costs, as well as for the payment of $240.00 in restitution to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Community Strike Fund. Christmon is set for sentencing on July 27, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
The Governor’s office has announced that Gov Pence is expected to visit downtown Orleans this Saturday, July 4th. The Governor is expected to make brief remarks at around 10:15am on the main stage in conjunction wit the “Orleans 200 Homecoming” events taking place in historic Congress Square. Indiana ranked first in the nation for cost of doing business, as well as eighth for its economy, in the recent CNBC “America’s Top States for Business 2015” scorecard. “In a world where competition for job creation is tougher than ever, Indiana stands as the number one state for business affordability,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Businesses choose Indiana because growing here means focusing on job creation and investment, not taxes, regulation or other job-killing expenses. Today Indiana is on the cusp of reaching a historic peak employment level because companies grow here with confidence, making the Hoosier economy one of the strongest in the nation.” According to CNBC, cost of doing business scores are based on each state’s tax climate, state-sponsored incentives and utility and rental costs. Economy rankings consider economic growth, job creation, consumer spending, major corporation headquarters and the residential real estate market. In addition, the economic ranking serves as a measure of each state’s fiscal health based on credit ratings and outlook, state revenues and budget projections.
While responding to a domestic call for assistance last Thursday afternoon, a Spencer Police Officer encountered a male and female fighting inside a vehicle near the intersection of Main and Morgan Streets. As the officer approached the vehicle and asked the driver to exit, the vehicle was placed into gear and the driver attempted to flee.The officer attempted to shut the vehicle off by removing the keys; however the officer’s arm became entangled in the door and steering wheel. The driver refused to stop and drug the officer for approximately 100 feet before he could break free. The officer was not injured. The Spencer Police Department would like to ask your assistance in locating two persons of interest in this case.; Any information, please contact the Spencer Police Department at (812) 829-3932
Monday, June 29th, 2015
A Dubois County man was arrested after car sale disagreement allegedly led to intimidation with a knife Saturday afternoon. According to police reports, Huntingburg officers responded to 511 N. Washington St. at 3:58 p.m. in reference to an act of intimidation with a deadly weapon. 45 year old Ramon Segura, of Birdseye, told Huntingburg Police that 20 year old Tony Laws, of Birdseye, had come at him with a knife then tossed it in the back yard prior to officers’ arrival. Officers then located the knife in the yard during the investigation. Police said that Laws admitted to having it but denied Segura’s claims. Police arrested Laws on a Level 5 felony count of intimidation with a deadly weapon. A witness at the scene told police Laws had been operating the motor vehicle involved in the incident. Based on this, police charged him with an additional count of misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle while never having been licensed since records indicated Laws had never been issued a drivers license. Police booked Laws into the Dubois County Jail.
Investigators reported alcohol was believed to be a factor in a head-on collision between an ATV and pickup truck that severely injured a Birdseye man Sunday evening. According to Indiana Conservation officers, 19 year old Aaron Huff, of Birdseye, was operating an ATV shortly before 6 p.m. near the Chapin Road and October Road intersection in Perry County when he ran head-on into a pickup truck. Huff was not wearing a helmet or any safety equipment at the time of the accident. Huff was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital with severe head trauma and broken bones. The driver of the pickup, Richard Lawrence of Ferdinand, received minor injuries. Assisting agencies at the scene included the Perry County Sheriff’s Department and Perry County Emergency Medical Services. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor; the crash remains under investigation by Indiana Conservation Officers and Indiana State Police. Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage wearing a helmet and necessary safety equipment when operating an ATV.
Jasper police are asking for assistance from the public in identifying the vehicle that struck a parked white 2001 Buick Park Avenue sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. Saturday. The Buick was parked at Walmart, on North Newton Street and sustained damage to the right rear. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jasper Police Department at 812-482-2255 or on the anonymous ti line at 812-481-2677 (COPS).
Friday, June 26th, 2015
Winning a big lottery amount is one thing , but winning twice is awesome. Orleans resident John "Philip" Kaiser walked into Hoosier Lottery headquarters and presented a winning Scratch-off ticket . This time around, Kaiser claimed one of six $500,000 prizes on the Wild $10 game after purchasing the ticket at Smoker Friendly, 201 Gospel St. in Paoli. In 2011, Kaiser claimed one of eight $1 million top prizes available on the $80 Million Spectacular game. He had bought the winning ticket at Casey's General Store,.. in Salem. Another hoosier had dipped the lottery twice. Robert Hamilton of Indianapolis claimed two $1 million prizes.
Hoosiers can cut firewood in designated areas of Indiana State Forests to help heat their home and reduce utility bills. Starting July 1, permit holders will pay a fee of $10 per rick of firewood. The increase of $7 per rick is the first fee increase in more than 30 years for firewood permits. "State Forests have a long tradition of offering economical firewood opportunities for home heating," assistant state forester Dan Ernst said. "The fee increase helps us continue the program and cover part of the program costs." A rick is about the size of a standard pickup truck load. A volume discount that costs $25 for three ricks is also available. A rick of cut firewood in parts of southern Indiana costs about $45 to $55, and about $10 more for delivery.
The designated cutting areas are on portions of forest where managed timber harvests have been completed. No standing trees may be cut. Wood available includes oak, maple, yellow poplar, hickory and other woods
Thursday, June 25th, 2015
Someone broke into the Bedford Free Methodist Church in Bedford and the police are looking for them. Sometime during the early morning hours of Tuesday the vandals entered the building at 402 Bellback Road and destroyed tables, chairs, ceiling panels and broke a water line. They then set fire to the inside in an apparent attempt to burn down the shelter house. Police are asking for the public's help. If you know who caused this damage to submit an anonymous tip by calling 275-3311
A Mitchell man was injured after falling asleep at the wheel and striking a utility pole early Wednesday morning after he allegedly fell asleep while driving early Wednesday morning. 31-year-old Christopher Bockting was traveling south on Meridian Road near Yockey Road and told police he must of dozed off. His Plymouth Voyager veered over the center line striking a utility pole. The impact broke the pole off at the base causing electrical lines to fall into the roadway. Bockting, who only lived a short distance from the crash scene, then drove the vehicle home and called police. Later He returned to the crash site, but driving another vehicle. He complained of neck and right shoulder pain and was treated at the scene by Seals Ambulance and Marion Volunteer Fire Department first responders.Duke Energy was called to replace the pole and remove the utility line from the roadway
In Daviess County, Gosport resident , 42-year-old Denise M. Smith pled guilty in Daviess County Superior Court to unemployment insurance fraud, a Class D felony. She is accused of bilking the Indiana Department of Workforce by drawing unemployment checks while working full time. The investigation began when an Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) employee confirmed Smith was working and receiving wages while claiming unemployment insurance benefits. Smith was ordered to repay $27,805 in restitution to DWD for the benefits she fraudulently collected. She was also sentenced to one year probation. DWD receives wage reports and new hire data from Hoosier employers documenting who is employed and receiving compensation. The agency uses this information to ensure people are not collecting unemployment insurance benefits while working
Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
Madison County has been declared a public health emergency. The move allows the county health department to establish a syringe exchange program to help reduce the spread of Hepatitis C. Madison County is the second Indiana county declared a public health emergency after Scott county was declared in May due to an HIV breakout.
Some Indiana guard members will respond to a devastating earthquake without waiting for one to take place. Today’s earthquake exercise is training with a unit from Israel. The quake drill was expanded this year to include fire departments from Bloomington, Columbus and other cities. US Marines and rescue units from Colorado, Illinois and West Virginia will participate.
Maxim Healthcare is having a job fair at Work One in Jasper today from 9am to 4:30pm. They are looking for nurses and home health aides. For an appointment call 475-8466
Tuesday, June 23d 2015
A Petersburg man was arrested by troopers Sunday morning after an investigation into the burglary of a residence and the battery of one of the home’s occupants. Around 8:43 am Sunday, , Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents responded to Memorial Hospital in Jasper on the report of a male who had been battered earlier in the morning. Lents learned that Brent T. Miller, 39, Petersburg, had been staying with a friend, Sarah N. Thomas, 35, Winslow, at her Winslow home. Around 7:00 this morning, Thomas’s estranged husband, Billy D. Thomas, 40, Petersburg, forced his way into the home, went to the bedroom, and began striking Miller numerous times in the face before fleeing the residence. Lents, along with Master Trooper Scott Miller and officers from the Petersburg Police and Pike County Sheriff’s Departments, located Mr. Thomas at 111 7th Street, Apartment 202, and placed him into custody. He was taken to and lodged in the Pike County Jail without incident. Miller sustained nasal and facial fractures as a result of the battery. Under Indiana Code, a burglary takes place when a person enters a residence with the intent to commit a felony, which in this case was battery resulting in bodily injury
Stealing soybean plants puts three Seymour residents in jail. Three Seymour residents were arrested after a report of people stealing soybean plants from a farm field in Hamilton Township. The three, 35-year-old Amy Rivera, 30-year-old Mark Sanchez and 25-year-old Cynthia Gonzalez, face charges of theft and criminal trespassing after police found them with trash bags containing soybean plants. The plants reportedly were taken from a field in Hamilton Township . According to police, officers were called to the field Friday after a report from a woman saying there were people in the field picking what she thought was corn. The caller told police the three people were in a black car, had loaded three trash bags full of the plants into the car and left. Reserve Deputy Scott Davis was patrolling that area and stopped the car on County Road 700 North. . Police also found the trash bags were filled with soybean plants. The farmer had not given the three permission to take the plants or be in his field. One of the women told police they were going to use the plants to make soap. The three were arrested on misdemeanor charges of theft and criminal trespassing. Reviera was also charged with operating a vehicle without ever receiving a driver's license. All three were released from the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown over the weekend after posting $705 bonds.
Police in Bloomington are looking for a man that entered the Marathon on North Kinser Pike, with a gun and robbed the business. The robberty occurred early Sunday morning just past 1:30am. The man was armed with a silver semi-automatic handgun. He ordered the clerk to place all the money from the business into a black backpack and then fled. He was last seen going around the north side of the building. Police are looking for a black man, 6 feet 2 inches to 6 feet 4 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a white cloth over his face, had on an orange-hooded sweatshirt, gray sweatpants and a black toboggan hat, black-and-white tennis shoes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Bloomington Police Department at (812) 339-4477.
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