Friday, April 24th, 2015
A woman was arrested Thursday on a warrant for dealing methamphetamine at the Budget Inn. According to Police reports, a informant told Lawrence County Police where methamphetamine could be purchased from . Police say the informant told Det. Chris Roberts of the Lawrence County Police that meth could be purchased from 31 year Cassandra Emons, also known as Cassi Jaggers. Roberts then met with the informant twice in early April, provided the informant with money and gave the informant a recording device. The informant, each time, met with Emmons in a room at the Budget Inn. Each time, the informant returned to police with baggies containing methamphet amine . 31 year old Cassandra Emmons of Bedford was then arrested Thursday and booked into the Lawrence County Jail.
Two men involved in a serious assault last weekend at Jasper Rubber Products Plant No. 1, in Jasper , were arrested yesterday/Thursday on felony warrants. According to Jasper Police, they were called to the plant at about 8:45 p.m. last Saturday for the report of an altercation involving three men. After an investigation, police determined an argument between 24 year old Christopher Barrett, of Huntingburg and an unidentified victim turned violent when Barrett struck the victim in the back of the head. Barrett then pulled a knife and began repeatedly cutting the victim, with most cuts landing on his raised arm. During the fight, 23 year old Kelvin Brown, of Jasper, also struck the victim in the back with a pole. The victim was able to pull out a stun gun and tazed Barrett during the fight allowing him to flee the plant. He was soon located by officers and taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital for treatment of his numerous injuries. Police reported the victim required stitches for his wounds. Warrants were issued in Dubois Circuit Court for the arrests of Barrett and Brown following the investigation. The two were arrested without incident and booked into the Dubois County Jail. Barrett is being held on a $7,500 cash bond and Brown was able to bond out.
One last day of the Orange County Rabies clinic.
Saturday April 25th
Dr. Cooper 10:00 AM - 11:00AM Springs Valley High School Gym & 12:00 PM –1:00 PM (Office)
Dr. McDonald 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Office) & 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Valeene Shelter House at Park & 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Pine Valley Parking Lot
Thursday, April 23, 2015
A change of venue has been requested in the case of Raymond Spicer because of possible pretrial prejudice. Spicer who is 70, is facing one charge of child molesting, a Class A felony; sexual misconduct with a minor, a Level 4 felony; three counts of child molesting, aClass C felonie; attempted sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class B felony; and sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class C felony. His trial is set for Sept. 18. Spicers attorney ,has filed a motion for change of venue from Lawrence County in Lawrence Superior Court I "due to highly prejudicial pretrial publicity," the document states. A Times-Mail article about Spicer published on April 9 "has created irreparable prejudice to Spicer on several levels according to his attorney.
A pregnant driver was injured Wednesday on after her car was rear ended on US 231 in Jasper.According to Police reports, 18 year old Kiersten Morton, of Huntingburg, was southbound in a 2004 Pontiac on Main Street/U.S. 231 and had slowed to turn east on 19th Street when her car was struck from behind by a 2002 Mercury driven by 27 year old Stephanie Mathies, of Huntingburg. Morton, who is 21 weeks pregnant, complained of pain in her abdomen and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Mathies complained of pain from the seatbelt was but declined medical treatment. Morton’s Pontiac sustained about $3,000 in damages and had to be towed from the scene. Mathies’ Mercury had about $2,000 in damages and she was able to drive it from the scene.
A Dubois County motorist was uninjured after he stuck a concrete barrier at a local service station in Ferdinand Wednesday . According to Police reports, 56 year old David Schwoeppe of Huntingburg driving a 2014 GMC Sierra, struck a concrete barrier at the Southside Circle A in Ferdinand around 6PM. He struck it as he was pulling away from the gas island . The truck had about $1,500 in damages. No damages to the concrete barrier were reported.
Wednesday, April 22d, 2015
There are a number of large tents being set up at the Pete Dye Golf Course for the Senior PGA Tournament May 21st thru 24th. More than 25,000 people are expected to attend the event which will have a purse of $2.75 million. The French Lick champion will receive $495,000. Steve Ferguson, Chairman of the Board of the Cook Group said the resort will have a net expense of about $1.5 million to host the event and stated “Last year the resort paid over $50 million in wages and benefits. If you had up the economic impact of construction, purchases and wages since we opened, it’s been $1.3 billion generated for these communities our of the resort”
Five new cases of HIV have been confirmed in Jackson County. Jackson shares a border with Scott county, which is under a declared public health emergency. As of Tuesday, there were 129 confirmed cases of HIV and another six preliminary cases throughout southeastern Indiana. The oubbreak has been linked to IV drug use and sharing of needles.
There was no job growth in Indiana last month but the unemployment rate for March was 5.8 percent, a drop of a tenth of a point from February. The rate fell slightly even though the state lost 800 private sector jobs during the month, mainly due to a drop in the Professional and Business Services sector.
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
The Lawrence County Vietnam Veterans Group Inc. and the Lawrence County Veterans Service Office will host a Welcome Home/Appreciation Day celebration for Vietnam War veterans Saturday, May 9 on the Lawrence County Courthouse lawn. According to Lawrence County Veterans Services Officer Brad Bough, who will emcee the event, activities will pay tribute to the millions of military veterans who served during the Vietnam War. "These military veterans did not get a proper welcome home after the war," Bough says. "They didn't receive the recognition they rightly deserved. The welcome home event will remember the thousands that died fighting in the war and is being held to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the official ending of the Vietnam war." The event will feature a motorcycle ride, salutes to the veterans, food and family entertainment. Bikers participating in the ride should arrive at Revere's Food & Fuel at 9 a.m. The ride commences at 10 a.m. and concludes at noon on the courthouse square. Following a series of salutes and speeches, local bands Loose Ends and No Expectations will perform at Harp Commons until 8 p.m. For further information about the event, call (812) 275-641
Orange county Rabies Vaccination Clinic runs through April 25th. This evening Rabie shots are available:From 6-7pm at Dr. Coopers office, Hwy 37 north of PaoliFrom 5:30pm-6:30pm, Dr. Kirk will be at Orangeville Community BldgFrom 3-5pm at Dr. Mcdonald’s office, Hwy 150, HardinsburgFrom 6-7pm Dr. McDonald at Bill Breeden’s, 5966 W Cr Rd 75 S French Lick (by Moore’s Ridge Church)Indiana and local laws require dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies, cost is $8 per animal.
Indiana DNR says the annual rainbow trout stockings are complete and ready for anglers. 24,000 trout were stocked in inland lakes in 14 counties. Each treat was 9 inches long. Trout season officially opens Saturday and runs through the end of the year. All trout fishing spots are listed at dnr.IN.gov.
Monday, April 20th, 2015
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an ATV accident that occurred early Sunday morning. According to authorities, 21 year old Nicole Recker, of St Anthony was driving on Saint Anthony Road North and started to brake. When she did so, the ATV flipped and landed on top of her. A subject on a second ATV behind her stopped and quickly removed her from underneath. She was taken to a private residence and then transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. Recker suffered facial injuries and was later transported to St. Marys Hospital in Evansville by ambulance. Alcohol may have been a contributing factor and protective gear was not worn. The incident is still under investigation. Assisting agencies included the Dubois County 911 Dispatch Center, Dubois County Sheriffs Department and Indiana Conservation Officers. Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage the use of protective equipment such as helmets, gloves and chest protectors while operating an ATV.
Jasper police arrested a man at El Maguey Restaurant after he chased customers around the restaurant while brandishing a knife Sunday evening. According to Police reports, Jasper officers, Dubois County deputies, and Indiana State trooper responded to the restaurant at 3570 Newton Street at 9:34 p.m. after receiving the call that 29 year old Rudy Villarreal, of Ferdinand, was threatening to kill patrons at the restaurant. When officers arrived at the restaurant, there was a short standoff between them and Villarreal but he was eventually apprehended without any further incident. Police say Villarreal had a blood alcohol content of .243 percent. During the incident, he allegedly urinated in a trash can in the restaurant and took a $7 tip and a cellphone charger. Villarreal was charged with Level 5 felony intimidation with a deadly weapon and Level 6 felony resisting law enforcement and misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, public indecency and public intoxication and was booked into the Dubois County Jail
The deadline for submissions to the State of Indiana’s bicentennial book is fast approaching. The Bicentennial Celebration next year will include the release of a 240-page coffee table book filled with 14 chapters of short essays by Hoosier authors as well as photos and anecdotes about the state. Photos are still being accepted for inclusion in the book titled Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State. Photos can be submitted to http://mtpublishing.com/index.php/default/indiana200photos
The photos must be taken in Indiana and should reflect in some way one or more of the following aspects of the state:
Images must be uploaded in .jpg/.jpeg format with high quality (at least 300 dpi) and the content of an image must not be altered. Use of photos will not be compensated, but photographers will receive a photo credit in the book.
Friday, April 17th, 2015
Three vehicles were involved in chain-reaction accident that resulted in one motorist complaining of pain in Jasper. According to Police reports, 29 year old Megan Johnson, of Jasper was eastbound on 15th Street in a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu at about 4:15 p.m. when she stopped for an automatic traffic signal. After she stopped, her car was rear-ended by a 1998 Ford Windstar minivan driven by 53 year old Karen France of Jasper. The impact pushed Johnson’s car into the rear of a 2014 Toyota Highlander driven by 39 year old Emily Hemmerlein of Jasper. Johnson complained of abdomen pain after the accident but declined to be transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Damage was estimated at $1,000 to Johnson’s car, and $250 each to France’s minivan and Hemmerlein’s SUV. Police cited France for following too closely.
Indiana State Trooper William Brown, from the Bloomington Post, was recognized for his extraordinary conduct in a lifesaving effort. On June 25, 2014, Trooper William Brown was assisting with 4-H activities at the Community Center in Freedom Indiana. Various activities were being conducted for many children and at one point during the activities, one of the children began choking on a piece of watermelon. The child was outside the Community Center building and came inside looking for help. Trooper Brown, who was off duty and attending the event with his family, was alerted by others that a child was choking and in need of assistance.Without hesitation, Trooper Brown went to the aid of the child who at the time was not breathing or making any noise. Trooper Brown began performing the Heimlich maneuver on the child and he slowly began making verbal choking noises. Knowing there was some air movement for the child at that point Trooper Brown took the opportunity to radio fire department personnel for medical assistance. For his actions, Trooper Brown was commended for his extraordinary conduct in saving the life of a fellow human being. According to Lt. Paul Bucher, Commander of the Bloomington Post This life saving event represents what the Indiana State Police do every day. Trooper Brown is a fine example of all the employees at the Bloomington Post.
Salem Police are searching for the driver of a red Dodge Dakota that struck a parked vehicle at Salem schools last Thursday night and fled the scene. Police in Salem say the truck struck a Pontiac Vibe so hard, the car parked on Harrison Street was pushed over the sidewalk and into the grass in front of the superintendent's office. No one was in the vehicle at the time of the collision. Police estimate damages to the Vibe at an estimated $5,000 to $10,000. A witness told police the truck was traveling southbound on North Harrison Street at 8:15 p.m. when the truck struck the Vibe head-on. After impact the driver of the truck turned onto Bristol Street and fleeing the scene. Witnesses told police the red Dodge Dakota had white stripes down the sides of the vehicle. Anyone with information about the driver of the red Dodge Dakota or about the truck is asked to call the Salem Police Department at (812) 883-2834
Thursday, April 16th, 2015
A Lawrence County man has been charged with with mail fraud, money laundering and filing a false federal tax return after an investigation by the United States Secret Service, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division and the Indiana State Police. According to reports 32 year old Blakely A. Clements, 32, Bedford, has been charged. Officials said Clements, former financial director of the Daviess County Long Term Recovery Committee, took grant money intended for flood victims. The court paperwork alleges that, between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2010, Clements participated in a scheme to defraud the Daviess County Long Term Recovery Committee and to obtain money under false and fraudulent pretenses using the U.S. mail. According to the mail fraud charge, Clements submitted the invoices to benefit flood victims but instead used $89,500 to buy home improvement materials and other items for his own use. The court paperwork also charges Clements with money laundering. Also, Clements is charged with filing a false federal tax return for the year 2010 because he did not report as income any of the funds from the committee. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd S. Shellenbarger, who is prosecuting the case, Clements faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the mail fraud; a maximum of 10 years in prison for the money laundering, and a maximum term of three years in prison for the filing a false tax return. An initial hearing will be held in Evansville before a U.S. magistrate judge at a later date.
Dubois Strong has committed $10,000 over a two year period to the Mid-State Corridor project, formerly called the Interstate 67 project. This venture would link Dubois County directly to Owensboro and Indianapolis, connecting the county via the proposed new road’s intersection with I-69. The money will be used for pre-engineering work and design and bring in experts to determine how the road can be funded.
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Scott County health officials say a new needle exchange program is working. Health officials say the program was put into place because of an HIV epidemic that, thus far, has infected 106 people. .The governor authorized a clean needle exchange program in his 30-day Public Health Emergency Declaration for Scott County. More than 1,500 clean needles have been distributed, while 580 dirty needles have been turned in. Public health nurse Brittany Combs says they are offering the people who come in substance abuse referrals and some have been able to get into treatment. As of Monday the county also started taking the needle exchange program door-to-door. Officials can only keep the program running until April 25. That's when the governor's executive order ends.
In accordance with a presidential proclamation, Gov Pence is directing flats at state facilities statewide be at half-staff today in honor of President Abraham Lincoln. Gov Pence also ask businesses and Hoosiers to lower their flats to half-staff as well.
With only two weeks remaining until the new Thunderbird roller coaster opens at Holiday World, an edible version is rolling into grocery stores in 27 states. "Thunderbird Ice Cream is a fun collaboration between Holiday World and Prairie Farms," says Holiday World Vice President Eric Snow. "We sampled a lot of creative flavor combinations and ultimately decided Thunderbird Ice Cream should be a delicious combination of vanilla ice cream with loops of caramel and spicy 'scorched' pecans." Thunderbird Ice Cream will be available at Holiday World this season, plus in half-gallon cartons at grocery stores that carry Prairie Farms Ice Cream in the Midwest, East Coast, and South. Thunderbird, America's first launched wing coaster, features a zero-to-60 miles-per-hour launch in 3.5 seconds, followed by multiple inversions including a 14-story launch, loops, rolls and overbanked turns.
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
There will be a town-wide clean-up for the town of Paoli running April 27th thru May 1st. Curbside pickup will be made on the regular trash run day.
Work in progress today by the Indiana Dept of Transportaion resurfacing a section of Hwy 56 this week in downtown French Lick-West Baden. The project should be finished by mid-May. About 1.6 miles of roadway will be resurfaced on 56 to Hwy 145 to just west of 150. Traffic will be affected coming both directions. Flaggers will be present and motorist should anticipate delays..
The Indiana Senate is backtracking on plans to authorize new hunting preserves in Indiana. Recently, the Senate appeared ready to vote on a bill clamping regulations on Indiana’s four high-fence hunting preserves and any new ones. But on a voice vote, senators have instead moved to ban any new preserves. The four open now would be subject to new rules, including inspection sby the State Board of Animal Health and the DNR.
Monday, April 13th, 2015
A joint investigation conducted by officers from the Paoli Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State police on April 6, resulted in the seizure of Methamphetamine, drug lab precursors and apparatus used to ingest and manufacture Methamphetamine. The investigation led officers to 7880 South County Road 675 East in Hardinsburg where the Owner of the residence, 33 year old Katrina Balasty, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of precursor chemicals, maintaining a common nuisance and manufacturing methamphetamine. While at the scene, officers also located firearms including an assault rifle and a loaded handgun. Possession of weapons while in possession of illegal drugs enhances drug offenses under the new Indiana Criminal Code enacted in July of 2014. Balasty was then booked into the Orange County Jail following her arrest.
Two Lawrence County men face a variety of drug-related charges after Mitchell police officers discovered prescription drugs and methamphetamine in a vehicle after making a traffic stop early Saturday morning. According the Mitchell Police Chief Mike Hardman, officers Britni Webster and Blake Wade pulled 46 year old William Speer of Bedford over as he was driving on Main Street, near the former Carpenter property, because they could not see a license plate on the vehicle. 24 year old Brandon M. Edwards of Mitchell was a passenger in Speer's vehicle. . When they approached the vehicle, they learned the vehicle had a dealer's plate, but it was not displayed properly, and Speer was not carrying his driver's license. While radioing in the information to see if Speer was a valid driver, Webster and Wade also called for one of the Lawrence County Police Department's canine units to respond because Speer and Edwards were acting suspiciously. Officer Jordan Wheelock and his canine located meth and six different pills in the vehicle that neither of the two men had prescriptions for. Speer the driver faces preliminary charges of possession of meth, two counts of possessing a legend drug, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance. He was given tickets for not possessing a driver's license when required and the improper display of a license plate. 24 year old Brandon M. Edwards,of Mitchell, was jailed for possessing meth, two counts of having a legend drug, possession of paraphernalia, visiting a common nuisance and trafficking with an inmate. Both men were taken to the Lawrence County Jail. Edwards was booked into jail, officers found him in possession of another prescription pill, and the additional charge of trafficking with an inmate was added. Speer's bond is set at $755 cash, and the bond for Edwards is set at $2,005 cash.
Parents in a southwestern Indiana town now face big fines if their kids leave their toys behind in the community's streets. The Fort Branch Town Council approved a ban W ednesday on toys on its streets that will cost offenders $50 for their first offense and $100 for the second one. The Princeton Daily Clarion reports the town's police department will determine what the penalty will be for a third or subsequent offenses. Marshal Rick Sides told council members he recently saw two streets in the town about 20 miles north of Evansville where pieces of steel and a pipe were set up as ramps for skateboarders. He says kids have also been playing hockey and basketball in the streets and the problem is worsening, posing a public safety threat.
Friday, April 10th, 2015
Indiana State Police say they found a convicted sex offender living in a home with drugs and a 5-year-old. According to a news release, 41-year-old James Walton was being investigated on possible drug charges and for not registering properly as a sex offender. Police say he was living in a home on S. Pixley Knob Road in eastern Washington County with 31-year-old Jonathan Hayes and 25-year-old Eva Campbell. Inside, investigators say they found meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Campbell's child was also in the home, according to the release. All three were arrested and face several charges
The Indiana Department of Transportation will be resurfacing a section of State Road 56 next week in downtown French Lick/West Baden. Weather permitting; crews will begin work on April 14 with the goal of being finished with the project by mid-May. About 1.6 miles of roadway on will be resurfaced on S.R. 56 from S.R. 145 to just west of U.S. 150. Traffic will be affected in both directions. The road will not close, but flaggers will be present. Motorists should expect delays.
Thursday, April 9th, 2015
Firefighters from Marion and Shawswick Volunteer Fire Departments extinguished a garage fire Thursday morning near Bedford. According to Lawrence County Sheriffs department reports, the blaze was reported at just before 7 a.m. at 1577 Dixie Highway. No one was home when firefighters arrived. According to neighbors, they told firefighters the homeowners were on vacation. The garage was a total loss and firefighters are still investigating the cause. A Seals ambulance crew and Tabernacle of Praise Emergency Services were also on scene.
Federal prosecutors say a multi-county operation involving several law enforcement agencies broke up a large meth ring operating in Indiana and included arrests in Martinsville and Dubois. The bust resulted in 14 arrests after authorities served warrants in Marion, Vigo and Morgan counties early Wednesday morning. According to federal prosecutors, the operation began in June 2014 and continued working until Wednesday's raids. As a result of the investigation, law enforcement seized 24 guns and 13 pounds of meth. Investigators said the suspects arrested in the case received meth "on consignment," taking the money from a source without paying for it or making only a partial payment at the time. They would then sell the drugs and pay their supplier in full once they had distributed the meth and received payment from their customers. Arrested from Dubois was 30 year old Amanda Dill along with 13 others from Indianapolis, Mooresville, Martinsville, Terre Haute and El Salvador in Central America. The investigation involved investigators from the FBI, DEA, Indiana State Police, Vigo County Drug Task Force, Vigo County Prosecutor's Office and the Morgan County Prosecutor's Office. Federal prosecutors said all suspects face decades in prison if convicted
Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
Flash Flooding Tuesday morning forced the evacuation of some residents of the Pine Valley area on Hwy 37 South of Paoli. The evacuation begin around 9am. Andis Logging was affected as water from the rising Hogs Defeat Creek spilled into the logging yard. Cedar logs valued at more than $8000 were swept down the creek. Hogs Defeat empties into Patoka River near the logging yard.
A Paoli couple was arrested following a traffic stop on West Main St. In Paoli Monday. An officer had stopped a vehicle which had ran a stop light. The driver, 48 year old Scott Strange was found to be wanted on a warrant for check deception and the passenger, 45 fyear old Melissa Strange, was also wanted on a warrant for failure to appear. During an inventory of the vehicle, assisted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Dept, officers found two corner baggies with a white powder residue that tested positive for methamphetamine. After a search of the Strange’s residence, several other items were found that tested positi9ve for meth as well. Both were booked into the Orange County Jail and bonded out the same day.
Loogootee: A tip phoned into the Indiana State Police Post in Jasper on Monday evening revealed drug information with an unfortunate twist.
Monday evening, Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents received information from a citizen concerned about possible drug activity going on at 214 Southeast 1st Street in Loogootee. The citizen was additionally concerned about the activity because a two year old child lived at the residence.
At 7:15 P.M. Monday, Senior Trooper Lents, with Trooper Mitch Wier, Loogootee Officer Rick Norris, and the Indiana Department of Child Services arrived at the Loogootee address to follow up on the information. Officers were met at the door by William Bradley, 28, Loogootee. Officers could immediately smell the odor of marijuana from outside the door, with the odor becoming overwhelming after stepping inside. Once inside the residence, officers found Joshua Lee Cropp, 24, Bedford, IN, and a two-year old male. After Trooper Lents applied for and received a search warrant for the residence through the Martin County Court, officers and Martin County Deputies searched the residence, finding a combined total of nearly one and a half pounds of marijuana, as well as a legend drug. Bradley and Cropp were placed into custody and transported to the Martin County Jail.
A third person, Traci L. Hall-Johnson, 20, Loogootee, arrived at the residence while officers were on scene; she was additionally taken into custody since she was a resident of the home. The two-year old child was placed with a relative. This case remains under investigation. The Indiana State Police continues to ask citizens to call the State Police Post when they have information on possible drug activity, especially if it is occurring around children.
Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
Senior PGA Tournament Planning Meeting held Monday night. A Senior PGA Tournament planning meeting was held at the French Lick Resort last night. The purpose was to inform local business leaders about the major event to be held at the Pete Dye Golf Course May 19th through 24th. About 25 to 30 thousand visitors are expected that week. Visitors will park their cars at the French Lick Airport and free shuttle service will be available throughout the day Tuesday through Sunday of the event. On Friday night, May 22nd, Kitchen Aid will have a cooking demonstration at the French Lick town Green from 3 ‘til 6:30. It will be followed by a Wright Brothers performance from 6:30 ‘til 9:30. Other bands will play Saturday and Sunday evening, May 23rd and 24th. Dean Blackburn, Director of Hotel Operations, announced that about 900 cars are already registered for the Porsche Convention to be held at the French Lick Resort June 21st through 27th. Dean said the hotel is sold out that week and announced a very interesting Porsche parade the last day of the convention. It will begin at 1:30 Saturday afternoon, June 27th, with about 400 Porsche cars driving from the French Lick Resort around the Paoli Square and back. The final public planning meeting for the Senior PGA Tournament is set for Monday, May 4th at 6pm at the French Lick Resort
On Sunday around 11pm, Officers from the Paoli Police Department arrested James Taylor of Bloomington for dealing in Heroin over 5 grams, possession of a scheduled IV controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia and OWI. Officers received information from a concerned citizen of a possible intoxicated driver heading into Paoli. Police observed the vehicle speeding and conducted a traffic stop. Officers observed several signs of impairment. Several baggies containing heroin weighing over 7 grams in total, $559 in cash, multiple pills identified as a schedule IV substance, a syringe and paraphernalia were seized during the vehicle search
A Layfayette man is behind bars after he allegedly pulled a knife on his own mother over a Social Security check Sunday morning. 31 year old Jason Farris was arrested at their home after arguing with his mother. He is now spending time at the Tippecanoe County jail.
Monday, April 6th, 2015
A routine traffic stop for a headlight being out ended with a Dubois county man in jail for charges including illegal possession of a firearm. According to a dubois county Sheriffs Department report, an officer stopped a 1986 GMC 1500 along Cathy Lane near Kellerville Road at 1:30 a.m. Sunday for the headlight issue and while speaking with the driver, 47 year old Edward Strange Jr., of Jasper, the officer suspected the presence of marijuana in the vehicle. A Dubois County Sheriff’s Department K-9 arrived at the scene and indicated the presence of drugs in the truck. During a search of the truck, the officers found marijuana, paraphernalia and a .45 caliber pistol. Strange was charged with Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana and Level 6 felony possession of paraphernalia, both charges elevated due to priors. He was also charged with a count of Class A misdemeanor illegal possession of a firearm for not having a permit to carry. Strange was then booked into the Dubois County Jail
Friday, April 3rd, 2015
The over 2 inches plus of rain has caused flooding and that is causing driver problems. US150/SR56 at Kellams Curve is down to one lane and the as you approach the Y in Prospect that is down to one lane as well. SR 337 is closed and Sheriffs Department officials are asking that you do not drive around the barricades. Also, heavy rainfall has flooded Interstate 64 in Southern Indiana. Several tractor trailers that tried to drive through became stuck in the water and some ended up stranded on the side of the road. State police say I-64 was flooded and closed at the 67.5 mile marker near Jasper.
Last Saturday Bedford resident 5-year-old Lincoln Strauser was injured after a vehicle jumped the curb at a rest stop in Macon, Georgia. According to Police reports, The family was on their way home from vacationing in Florida when the accident happened. Police say , Lincoln was pinned between the bumper and a concrete picnic table at a Rest Stop after the driver of the vehicle, an elderly woman, claimed to have pressed the gas pedal thinking it was the brake. Lincoln remains in stable but guarded condition with several broken ribs and punctured and collapsed lungs at the Children's Hospital in Macon Georgia. The vehicle also hit three other people including Lincoln's grandfather Claude Ritchey.
An early morning traffic stop ended with a Louisville man being jailed on drug and weapons charges Thursday. At 12:31 a.m., Trooper Ross Johnson was patrolling I-64 east of the Dale exit when he observed a red Dodge Charger traveling westbound at 88 mph. Johnson pulled over the vehicle and noted the odor of marijuana while he spoke with the driver, 18 year old Tyler A. Martin, of Louisville. During a search of the vehicle, small amounts of marijuana were found on the front floor board. Additionally, a glass jar containing approximately 34 grams of marijuana and a loaded .22 caliber handgun were found in the trunk. Martin did not possess a permit for the weapon. Martin was charged with misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of a handgun without a permit. He was booked into the Spencer County Jail.
Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
On Wednesday March 25th, at approx 6:30PM, the OC Drug Enforcement Unit consisting of ISP, OC Sheriffs Department, Paoli Police, French Lick Police and Orleans Police Department executed a search warrant at the residence of 39 year old Christopher Basinger located at 5657 S SR 37 Paoli. When Police arrived Basinger was not home. A search of the residence turned up methamphetamine, a firearm, synthetic marijuana, drug paraphernalia and items commonly used to deal meth amphetamine. While officers were finishing the search of the property, Basinger arrived and was arrested without incident. Basinger was transported to the OC Jail where he faces charges for dealing methamphetamine while in possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine, possession of synthetic marijuana and maintaing a common nuisance. He bonded out of jail on March 26th after posting a $2500.00 bond. The Drug Task Force says operations would not be possible without the tips and information received from the citizens of Orange County. They would like to thank the citizens for assisting in their efforts to keep Orange County a safe and healthy community to live. As always, please contact your local Police or Sheriffs Department if you suspect illegal activity in your area.
A home in Lawrence County was declared a total loss following a fire Tuesday night. According to police reports, firefighters were called at 10:34PM to 101 Brookside Drive, which is in the Brook Knoll subdivision in Bedford. The home belonging to Clipp and Jane Crosby was being remodeled and no one was home at the time. Firefighters were able to save some items from the garage area and a pickup truck in front of the home. Firefighters don’t know what started the fire and the fire is under investigation. A Seals ambulance crew and Tabernacle of Praise Emergency Service also responded to assist firefighters.
A Greene County driver was cited for failing to yield the right of way in a collision on U.S. 231 at the intersection with Hoffman Road Wednesday morning. According to Police reports, 73 year old William Sipes, of Switz City, had stopped his 2007 Cadillac Escalade at on Hoffman Road at the intersection with U.S. 231 and told police he didn’t see a 2001 Dodge Ram driven by 53 year old Angela Wilson, of Huntingburg, approaching the intersection before he pulled out to continue east on 5th Street. When he pulled into the intersection, the two vehicles collided. Wilson’s Dodge had about $4,000 in damages and Sipes’ Cadillac had about $4,000.
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
There have been protest and rallys for more than a week about Indiana’s Relibious Freedom Restoration Act. Both sides turned out to debate the law in Bloomington Tuesday. Hundreds of people were there to demand change from the Statehouse, but several Republicans also arrived to show their support for Gov Pence.
Today is “National Walk Day” and the American Heart Association is encoring you to hit the street. Animal advocates also say National Walking Day is a good excuse to grab the leash and take your pup with you.
This reminder to West Baden residents.. Friday trash pickup will take place on Thursday due to Good Friday
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
A week long drug investigation conducted by the Orange County Drug Enforcement Unit resulted in the discovery of nearly 5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $268,800. Police also found crack cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana, several firearms and ammunition, a vehicle, approximately $20,000 in cash. Five people were arrested. On March 16, the Orange County Drug Enforcement Unit, consisting of officers from the Indiana State Police, Orange County Sheriff's Department, Paoli Police and French Lick Police Department, started the investigation after a manager at the French Lick Resort contacted the French Lick Police Department to report that some drugs and money were left in a room after the occupants had checked out. When police arrived they collected the drugs and money left in the room. Then on March 17 an arrest warrant was issued for 46-year-old Brian Herrell. Officers found more than 3 ounces of crystal meth, crack cocaine, marijuana and two firearms. In Herrell's car officers found meth, marijuana, 3 high-power rifles, 2 assault-rifles equipped with night vision scopes and a 45-caliber handgun. A large bag of psilocybin mushrooms were found in a car belonging to Herrell's girlfriend 32-year-old Crystal Adamic, along with a 9mm handgun. Amadic was also arrested at the scene. A total of about $20,000 and nearly 6.6 ounces of crystal meth were recovered from the hotel room and the residence. Herrell and Adamic were both transported to the Orange County Jail. Herrell is being charged with dealing meth 10 grams while in possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms and crack cocaine. Adamic is being charged with possession of meth over 10 grams. During the investigation, officer obtained information that led to another arrest on March 21. Officers intercepted a shipment of 4.4 pounds of crystal meth and $775 from a vehicle owned by 36-year-old Carlos Gomez, a Mexican citizen living in Atlanta, GA. His girlfriend 22-year-old Fabriola Cedra Lopez, a Nicaragua citizen with an Atlanta, GA address, and their three children ages 6 months, 2 years and 3 years old were also in the vehicle along with 36-year-old Brenda Woodard, of Lithonia, GA. The adults were arrested and the children were turned over to the Indiana Child Protective Services. Carlos Gomez's 2005 Nissan SUV was also seized. Gomez and his girlfriend are charged with trafficking across state lines, dealing meth over 10 grams and child endangerment. The Orange County Drug Enforcement Unit would like to thank the Spencer County Sheriff's Department, the Indiana State Police and the DEA for their assistance in these cases. These operations would not be possible without the tips and information received from the citizens of Orange County. Police thank the citizens for assisting in their efforts to keep Orange County a safe and healthy community to live. If you have information about illegal activity call local police or the sheriff's department.
In 2014, Indiana had an estimated 6.6 million residents. US Census reports show Lawrence, Green, Orange and Martin Counties all lost people during in 2014. Lawrence Counties population fell by .4 percent to 45, 704, Orange County’s population declined by .5 percent to 19,626 residents and Green and Martin counties growth slowed by .1 percent. Monroe, Jackson and Washington counties showed growth in that time period.
After being drained almost completely last year for a restoration project, West Boggs Lake in Loogootee is full again, several months ahead of schedule. Last fall, the lake was drawn down to about 10 percent of its normal volume so that biologists from the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife could renovate the lake's fishery. The lake had been invaded by gizzard shad, which had stunted bluegill growth and caused bass numbers to decline. Last November, the first phase of fish stocking was completed. The fish stocked included 462,476 bluegill, 195,245 redear sunfish and 104,374 largemouth bass fingerlings. A total of 816 adult largemouth bass that lived in the lake before the renovation were also restocked. The bass had been salvaged by anglers in the spring during tournaments and in the fall by biologists using electrofishing. Fifty-five adult channel catfish were also returned. The lake is open to boating and fishing, but DNR fisheries biologist Dave Kittaka said anglers should keep in mind that the vast majority of fish are only a year old
Monday, March 30th, 2015
About 30 members from the Indiana National Guard left for Afghanistan Saturday. The 30 member Indianapolis based 38th Infantry Division was sent off with a ceremony. As a military police detachment, officials say they will be performing law enforcement and customs duties. More members of the unit were deployed Sunday.
A long weekend for both supporters and opponents of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Saturday started with an opposition rally on the statehouse lawn that drew thousands, and then Angie’s List announced that it’s halting it’s expansion plans due to law, and finally Sunday, Gov. Pence stood steadfast in support of the law appearing on ABC’s “This Week” in an effort to clarigy what the law does for Indiana.
The annual Orange County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner will be held tonight in the Paoli High School Cafeteria. Carryout meals served at 6:15pm, dinner at 7pm. The program will allow the dinner served by Sander’s Catering with desserts by the Orange County Republican’s Women’s Club. Tickets are $12 from any Republican precinst committeemen, vice committemen, candidates and elected officials. The speaker is Indiana State Auditor Suzanne Crouch.
Friday, March 27th, 2015
Jasper City police are investigating the death of a 30-year-old man found at the Camelot Inn Wednesday evening in Jasper. According to police reports, Jasper Police received a call about an unresponsive man at the Camelot Inn at 6 p.m. When police arrived, they found 30-year-old Gary Kidd in the room, deceased. Kidd was listed as the renter of the room. Police aren’t suspecting foul play in the death. Also assisting was the Dubois County Coroner. A toxicology report is being completed to determine cause of death.
A Jasper woman was arrested following a accident Thursday in Jasper. According to Dubois County Sheriffs Department, Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a slide off accident at the corner of Beth and Ann lanes at 5:15 p.m. When they arrived, they found 26 year old Lorryn Luttrell of Jasper, who was driving a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire, in a state of intoxication. She failed field sobriety tests at the scene and a subsequent blood draw at Jasper Memorial Hospital determined her blood alcohol content was .18 percent. Luttrell was then booked into the Dubois County Jail for Level 6 felony operating while intoxicated with endangerment. Following the accident, Luttrells two passengers a 2 year old boy and a 3-year-old girl were not injured, but Child Protective Services was called to take custody of the children. The 2005 Pontiac Sunfire was driving was not damaged in the accident. The Jasper Police Department and a Uebelhor and Sons wrecker assisted on scene
Thursday, March 26th, 2015
A Lawrence County woman was sentenced to eight years with the Indiana Department of Correction Wednesday after pleading guilty to dealing methamphetamine. Upon release from prison, 46 year old Deanna Jones of Bedford, is to report to the community corrections program. Judge Michael Robbins of Lawrence Superior Court I ordered that two of those years be served on supervised probation, and she received credit for 42 days already served. Other charges — including two charges of dealing methamphetamine, Class A felonies; possession of methamphetamine, Class B felony; maintaining a common nuisance, Class D felony; and neglect of a dependent, Class D felony — were dismissed. No one testified during Wednesday’s hearing.
Indiana’s Todd Young is considering adding “Senate run” next to “U.S. Representative” and “Naval Academy treasurer” to his political resume. Young announced Thursday he was considering a run for the Senate seat, which will be vacated by Dan Coats who announced earlier this week he will not run for re-election in 2016. Coats is serving his second full term in the Senate, serving from 1988 to 1999 and again from 2011 to present. If Young runs, he’ll face a crowded GOP Senate field, which will likely include Coats’ state director Eric Holcomb, who submitted his resignation Wednesday from Coats’ office, among fellow Republican Reps. Marlin Stutzman, Todd Rokita, Jackie Walorski and Susan Brooks. Young said he will not make an official decision to run until later.
Indiana Conservation Officers in conjunction with Federal Fish and Wildlife Officers are investigating the death of a bald eagle found in Dubois County. Indiana Conservation Officers responded to northwestern Dubois County near the Pike County line to a complaint of a possible injured eagle Thursday morning. Officer Kenny Tincher found the eagle in flooded timber and was able to transport it to a Federal Wildlife Rehabilitator. Efforts to rehab the eagle stalled as it was not able to keep food down. X-rays showed bullet fragments in the body of the eagle and it was transported to the Indiana Raptor Center in Nashville, Indiana. The eagle died while being taken to the raptor center. Conservation officers are asking for help from the public in determining if there is a nest in the area with only one parent. Please contact the local office at (812) 789-9538 or call the TIP number at 1-800-TIP-IDNR.There is a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting. Penalties for shooting an eagle can be up to 60 days in jail and a fine of $500 to $1,000 depending if the case is sent to State or Federal court.
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division has received authority to hire more than 350 new employees this fiscal year. For the first time in several years, this authority will account for a small amount of growth in the number of Crane's government employees. "In fiscally constrained times, we generally are allowed to hire to attrition, which means we maintain the same number of employees accounting for retirements and resignations," stated Ms. Nancy Maloy, director of the Corporate Operations Department. "Because our workload demand is on the rise, NAVSEA has authorized Crane to hire more personnel allowing us to increase our numbers to maintain the technical intellectual capital required to perform our mission." Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command with focus areas in Special Missions, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare. The warfare center's research and development efforts support the warfighter by providing capabilities and resources to advance technologies for the military.
The DNR are warning that springtime temperatures could bring evidence of more winter fish kills. Small ponds are most likely going to see the biggest fish kills as some northern bodies of water had 20 inches or more of ice on them. Fish kills are caused by lack of oxygen, due to thick snow and ice buildup that prevents plants from producing oxygen.
Indiana is on the brink of enacting a new energy efficiency plan to replace the one repealed last year. The House has approved a bill requiring electric companies to submit plans every three years for how they will encourage more efficient energy comsumption.
Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Work Zone Safety Week continues around Indiana. INDOT Public Information Director Nathan Riggs says the biggest thing that motorist can do is simply pay attention. Work Zone safety isn’t just for workers but for motorist as well. Dont be using cell phones while driving, obey the speed limit and put plenty of space between themselves and the car ahead.
Health officials in the southeastern part of Indiana are are attempting to contain a recent outbreak of HIV cases. The outbreaks are largely connected to illegal injection of a prescription drug, however sexual intercourse may be responsible for some cases. On Monday, a CDC team arrived in Scott county to help analyze data and follow up with contacts.
An Indiana native who was the nation's oldest woman to have served in the armed forces has died at the age of 108. Lucy Coffey was born in Martinsville, Indiana in May 1906, but while she was a young woman, she moved to Chicago and later to Dallas, Texas. The military newspaper Stars & Stripes says Coffey was working at an A&P Supermarket there when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Two years later, the Women's Auxiliary Corps was created, and Coffey quit A&P to join the service, spending time in the Pacific theater and eventually occupied Japan after the war. Coffey returned to Texas after living in Japan for 10 years, living much of the rest of her life in San Antonio
Monday, March 23rd, 2015
A Monroe County man suffered head injuries and a driver was arrested after a single-vehicle accident on State Road 37 early Sunday. According to Lawrence County police reports, officers upon arriving at the scene at 3:08AM, found a 2013 white Ford off the east side of SR 37 near Gun Club Road. The Ford was on its top in a ditch and had sustained heavy damage. The driver 30 year old Joshua Connerley of Terre Haute suffered minor bleeding and a passenger 29 year old Jordan Hilyard of Bloomington suffered incapacitating injuries and experienced heavy bleeding. According to the accident report Connerley admitted to having consumed “a couple of” alcoholic beverages before the accident. Connerley was arrested and booked into the Lawrence County Jail on a charge operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a misdemeanor and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, causing bodily injury a felony. Assisting at the scene was the Seals ambulance service and the Marion Township Rural Fire Department.
Jasper police arrested a Vincennes man for driving drunk Saturday night. According to Jasper Police reports, a Jasper officer observed a vehicle driving north on Newton Street in Jasper at a very low rate of speed at about 10:23 p.m. The vehicle then turned west on 13th Street cutting across the turn lane and across the southbound lane of Newton in an unsafe manner narrowly avoiding a collision with a southbound vehicle. The vehicle then completed an illegal u-turn to head back to the intersection and then turned north on Newton Street. The officer then stopped the vehicle in the former Salvation Army Store parking lot and determined the driver, 35 year old Jared R. Dixon of Vincennes was intoxicated. Dixon failed two of the three standard field sobriety tests and then refused to complete the third. He was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital where he refused a chemical test. A warrant to seize bodily fluids was issued and the subsequent test indicated Dixon had a .22 percent blood alcohol content. Dixon was then booked into the Dubois County Jail.
The Jasper Police Department is investigating the break-ins of several storage units in the 400 block of North Truman Road. According to Jasper Police investigators, locks were cut from several storage units and items taken from them. The incident was discovered Friday. The Community Strike Force Against Violence is offering a $750 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jasper Police Department at 812-482-2255 or leave a message on the anonymous tip line at 812-481-2677 (COPS).
Friday, March 20th, 2015
The trial of of a Paoli man has been delayed until it’s determined if he is competent to stand trial.Judge Larry Blanton of Orange Circuit Court has issued an order for Dr. Thomas Holsworth to perform a psychiatric examination of 49 year old Jeffrey Fulton to determine if he’s competent to stand trial. The judge issued the order on his own initiative.. Fulton is accused of murdering his 34-year-old wife, Michelle. The victim was reported missing in June and again in July. In October, police found human remains in a field near Fulton’s home. During a search, police located bones in a burn pit in the backyard of the residence and also in an overgrown field behind the pit. Anthropologists determined the bones were from a person’s wrist and foot.
A driver was hurt and another driver was ticketed in an accident Wednesday afternoon. According to a police report, 36 year old Erica Fender, of Heltonville, was texting while driving east on State Road 158 near Fayetteville-Owen Road in a 1993 Chrysler Fifth Avenue car at 4:40 p.m. The Chrysler went left of the center line and struck 2000 General Motors Sierra pickup truck driven by 64 year old Larry Robertson of Bedford. Robertson’s was hit on its driver’s side. The pickup truck went off the north side of the road into a ditch. Robertson complained of head pain but refused an ambulance. Fender was issued a citation for driving with a suspended license. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.
Thursday, March 19th, 2015
In the afternoon and evening hours of Wednesday, March 18, Indiana State Police continued a warrant sweep in Scott, Jackson, and Clark Counties. Their efforts resulted in the arrest of eight individuals. 42 year old Jackson McGinnis, 32 year old Brandy Ann Neace, and 40 year old Larry Eugene Huff all of Scottsburg, 51 year old Michael White, 58 year old Joe Gay Jr., 39 year old Jerry Ray Stacy, and 33 year old Taria L. Riley, all of Austin, also arrested was 34 year old Jesse Bobb of Seymour. Charges included dealing in Methamphetamine and Dealing in a Schedule I, II, or III Controlled Substance. One of the individuals arrested received additional charges after officers found him in possession of prescription pills and a handgun. The warrant sweep consisted of officers from the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg as well as officers from the United States Marshals Service, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, the Austin City Police Department, and Scott County Community Corrections. As a result of ongoing drug investigations Troopers from the Indiana State Police Post in Sellersburg have arrested 25 individuals on warrant services in just the past six weeks.
A man was arrested on a warrant Wednesday and is accused of not following house arrest rules. He’s also now facing a charge in Orange County for having methamphetamine. 27 year old Sy England, of Mitchell, was on house arrest with the Lawrence County Community Corrections, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Lawrence Superior Court I. He was scheduled to work on Dec. 29, but the place where he works was closed. He left his home at 3:20 p.m. without notifying community corrections. His whereabouts were unknown until Community Corrections learned that Mr. England was arrested and detained and was in the Orange County Jail for possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony. England remains in jail with no bond set and is facing a charge of escape, a Class C felony.
An Indianapolis man that was arrested earlier this week with almost 500lbs of marijuana in his vehicle is facing charges in Vanderburgh County. Officials say they arrested 26 year old Mark Smith II on Monday when he they say he led them on a chase that ended on U.S. 41. His charges include dealing marijuana, resisting law enforcement, and driving with a suspended license. Federal officials say they are considering filing charges as well.
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
This is severe Weather Prepardness week and two state wide tornado drills wil be conducted on Thursday using the EAS system. The first will be around 10:15am EDT and the second test around 7:35pm EDT Thursday. The test will be cancelled if threatening weather is in the area.
A reminder that effective immediately, all open burning at any time within the town limits of French Lick is hereby prohibited. All Fire, Police and code enforcement personnel are directed to enforce this order until further notice. Additionally, The Martin County Board of Commissioners have placed a 10 ton load limit on all Martin County roads until further notice..
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an ATV accident on Saturday near Pekin. Around 5:30 p.m., officers were called to the Harrison County Hospital, where the 38-year-old Jacob White of Palmyra was being treated for stomach pain. White was driving a Kawasaki ATV on Big Springs Road two days before being hospitalized when he lost control of the vehicle, which flipped over landing on him. He did not seek medical treatment at the time. An examination revealed that White had received a lacerated spleen and internal bleeding. He was transferred to the University of Louisville Hospital, and listed in stable condition. Police say that White was not wearing a helmet or any safety equipment when the accident happened
Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
Vandalism was discovered around 11am Sunday to a locked restroom at Lehigh Youth Baseball field. In Mitchell. After breaking in, vandals used a large piece of concrete to break apart the sink and toilet. Over $4000 was spent last year upgrading the bathrooms at Lehigh Baseball Fields. Volunteers worked Monday to get the rest rooms back in operation before practice begins next month. Any information, call Mitchell Police at 849-2151
In Jackson County, Indiana Conservation Officers rescued two Seymour men from the swollen White River Sunday night after their kayak capsized. 24-year-old Matthew Beem and 31-year-old Gabriel Wyatt were safely removed from the swift water by airboat after clinging to a submerged tree for about 45 minutes. Shortly before 5 p.m., Indiana Conservation Officers and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department responded to the Bell Ford Access ramp outside of Seymour, after a passerby saw the two men clinging to a submerged tree in the White River. ICO Phil Nale, with the assistance of a Jackson County Deputy, quickly deployed an airboat and removed Beem and Wyatt from the river. Both men were examined by Jackson County EMS at the scene and treated for mild hypothermia before being released. "Officer Phil Nale undoubtedly saved the lives of these two men with his bravery and boat handling skills," ICO Lieutenant Phil Schuetter says. Indiana Conservation Officers wish to remind citizens that many area waterways are flooded and extreme caution should be used when on or around them
A semi-trailer fire destroyed 40,000 pounds of peanut butter Monday. I-65 in Seymour closed the north lanes of the inter-state for about four hours. According to State Police 48-year-old Clifton Bennett Jr. of Sunman was driving a 1985 Western Star tractor/2013 Great Dane Trailer combination north on I-65 near the 44 mile marker when he discovered the trailer brakes were on fire. Bennett pulled his rig to the shoulder and attempted to put out the fire. The flames became too intense so Bennett separated the tractor from the trailer. The trailer and its contents were destroyed. Bennett was not injured. A short time later and about a mile away , a four-vehicle crash occurred in the north lanes of I-65 . Troopers say 48-year-old Richard Kermode of Indianapolis, was driving a 2005 Nissan Altima north on I-65 when his car rear-ended a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by 19-year-old Mackenzie Pritchett of Brownstown, who was stopped in the traffic back-up and \ resulted in two vehicles on fire at the same time within one mile of each other. Pritchett, York and Beatty were each treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries. Kermode was not injured.
Monday, March 16th, 2015
A Dubois man was jailed Sunday afternoon on OWI charges after planning to meet someone in the parking lot of the State Police Post in Jasper.
Around 5:50 this Sunday afternoon, 41 year old Jacob A. Zehr II, of Dubois, pulled into the parking lot of the State Police Post in Jasper, and parked his white 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier near the garage. Noticing this was a strange place for someone to park, Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents, who was working as the District Duty Officer, approached Zehr and asked if he needed any help. As Zehr was explaining that he was there as a meeting spot to drop off his two children with their mother, Senior Trooper Lents could smell the odor of alcoholic beverages. After further investigation by Senior Trooper Lents and Trooper Ross Johnson, Zehr was found to have an alcohol level of .08%. Zehr was booked into the Dubois County Jail on charges of Operating While Intoxicated with Minor Passengers and two counts of Neglect of a Dependent, all Level 6 felonies.
A Dubois County man was arrested after he turned onto a private drive and got stuck in the yard Sunday morning. According to police reports, 24 year old John W. Eckerle, of Jasper pulled the 2010 Buick LaCrosse he was driving into a private gravel drive on the 4800 block of West Division Road. Eckerle drove about 1,150 feet before going of the west side of the driveway into the yard and becoming stuck. Jasper Police Deputies took Eckerle to Jasper Memorial Hospital for a chemical test and determined he had a .21 percent blood alcohol content. Eckerle also tested positive for THC and amphetamine. Police charged Eckerle with Level 5 felony operating while intoxicated and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. He was booked into the Dubois County Jail. There were no damages to the Buick and the damages to the yard were unknown. A Sternberg’s wrecker assisted at the scene.
A Lawrence County man was arrested Friday by the Bedford Police Department on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. According to police, 24 year old Cody Allen East, of Bedford was arrested during a traffic stop. Police received a tip that that the vehicle was improperly registered and that Cody East’s license had been suspended. Officers located the vehicle in the area of Seventh Street and Norton Avenue and stopped it at 17th and J streets. Cody East was also charged with maintaining a common nuisance and was cited for three infractions: having an expired license plate, having a false registration and driving with a suspended license. A passenger in the vehicle, 27-year-old Shaun R. East, also of Bedford was arrested and was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and visiting a common nuisance. Both men have bonded out of the Lawrence County Jail.
Friday, March 13th, 2015
Four teenagers were taken to hospitals three of them to Louisville following a single-vehicle accident that occurred at 8:54 p.m. Thursday. According to the police report, 17 year old Phoenix Lindsey of Bedford was driving a 1998 Honda Accord west on State Road 158 when the vehicle went off the north shoulder for a short distance and he lost control. The Accord then crossed the center line before going into a ditch on the north side of the highway. The vehicle traveled in the ditch for a short distance before traveling back onto State 158, ultimately overturning with the vehicle coming to rest on its roof on the highway’s north shoulder. Lindsey the driver of the vehicle, was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital. Passengers in the vehicle 15-year-old Blake Lindsey and 16-year-old Braydon Wright both of Bedford were taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville. Another passenger 16 year old Elizabeth Anderson of Loogootee, was taken to Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital, after she complained of pain. Injuries of the others are not known.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Mailbox bandits have been nabbed in Jackson County. Police have arrested 63 year old Barbara Duncan and 28 year old Amber Morgan, mother and daughter. The pair have been involved in mailbox thefts across the state in the past few months.
After pushing through a bill to require mental health assessments for service members, Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly has introduced three more bills aimed at improving mental health care for veterans whether on active duty or the National Guard or Reserve...
More than 100 health advocates from around the state converge at the statehouse today. “Hoosiers for a Healthy Indiana” is promoting a dollar increase in tobacco which they claim would reduce youth smoking by 13.3 percent and save over two billion dollars in long term health care.
Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
Washington County – Two Pekin area residents were arrested Tuesday on multiple charges after a search uncovered methamphetamine and meth lab materials at their residence. Troopers from the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section received information that a possible meth lab was located at 522 South Gobbler Knob Road near Pekin, Indiana. Troopers from the Sellersburg State Police post assisted in the search after a search warrant was obtained. During the search methamphetamine along with materials commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine were discovered. As a result of the investigation, Levaughn Canaday, 27, 522 Gobbler Knob Road, Pekin, and Johnathan K. Gibson, 22, also from 522 Gobbler Knob Road were arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail
A Lawrence County man died after his after pickup traveling on Hwy 37 left the road and went over a bridge at Spider Creek. Identity of the man is not being released pending the notification of family members. The accident occurred around10:30 Tuesday morning on Ind. 37 between 29th and 16th streets. The man was driving a Ford truck southbound on Ind. 37 when he left the south side of the road, traveled more than 800 feet down the median and struck the earthen berm of Spider Creek Bridge then landing in the bottoms of Spider Creek. The vehicle exploded upon impact. An autopsy was performed and cause of death is pending the pathology report.
The town of Orleans will turn 200 today (Wed). The community will mark its birthday with ceremonies beginning at 1 p.m. in Congress Square. There will be a flag-raising, remarks by Judge R. Michael Cloud and Congressman Todd Young, the unveiling of the Bicentennial Legacy Project (the restored 1926 Orleans fire engine), performances by the Orleans High School band and choir, a balloon launch and birthday cake. A commemorative postmark will be available at the post office, and copies of founding documents will be on display at Orleans Town Hall. A pictorial cancellation is a unique postmark offered by the U.S. Postal Service to commemorate special events. Items that are cancelled using a commemorative design usually in very limited quantity are often sought after by stamp collectors and other interested in U.S. postal history. One option is pick up a free special Orleans 200 Postcards now available through both the Orleans Town offices and Orleans Library or be present for the kick-off event downtown to get your postcard. Orleans Postmaster Lora Daugherty has announced that on that one day only, from the hours of 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. and Noon to 4:15 p.m. any one may bring their card into the post office purchase a 34 cent postcard stamp and receive the special postmark that bears un-cancelled postage at the U.S. First Class rate of 49 cents. A tree-planting will take place on the northeast corner of Congress Square, and 200th anniversary souvenirs will be available for sale. For more information on these and other upcoming events about the Orleans
Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
A fire destroyed a garage containing a lot of motorcycles on Monday in the 800 block of State Road 458 in Lawrence County. Indian Creek Volunteer Fire Department arrived at 6:19 p.m. to find the 30-foot by 40-foot garage engulfed in flames. The State Fire Marshall will investigate to determine the cause.. Wright says the garage owned by Reno Riggles was a motorcycle repair shop. Oolitic Volunteer Fire Department firefighters assisted in battling the blaze.
Indiana State Police troopers have a new team member that can find bombs and other explosive devices using only her sense of smell. 18-month-old K9 Sheila and her handler trooper Daniel Smith are on the job. She is one of three other bomb sniffing dog's south of Indianapolis, and Smith says her job is necessary for the success of the team as a whole. "It's important for everybody to see the capabilities and what we can do," says Smith. "Our job is to find something that could potentially harm or kill somebody that in essence is what our job is and if she finds something and saves somebody's life or someone from getting hurt then she has done her job." Trooper Smith says Shpila will be at a variety of different sporting events, including IU basketball games
Monday, March 9th, 2015
A Lawrence County man was injured in a two car accident Sunday in Bedford. According to police reports, 54 year old Gary White of Mitchell was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Venture east in the passing lane on 16th Street. 35 year old Santos Calo, of Bedford was also traveling east on 16th Street after having just turned left from James Avenue. Calo was driving a 2004 Ford Explorer. He moved into the center turn lane, but the front passenger side of his vehicle crossed the line and struck the front section on the driver side of White’s vehicle. Both vehicles came to rest in the center turn lane. White suffered minor bleeding and did not require immediate medical attention. Calo was arrested for driving without ever having been licensed. He was cited for unsafe lane movement.
A Dubois County woman was killed in an accident on the Pennyrile Parkway Sunday morning. According to Kentucky State Police, 22 year old Alyssa Wagner, of Jasper was driving a 2004 Lincoln Aviator northbound on the highway at about 10:30 a.m. when the vehicle went off the left side of the roadway and struck an overpass support near the Hopkins/Christian counties line. The vehicle then re-entered the northbound lane, overturning onto its passenger side before stopping on the roadway. Wagner was pronounced dead at the scene by Hopkins County Coroner Dennis Mayfield. Passengers in her vehicle 22 year old Lauren Cessan, of Ogden, Ill., 23 year old Kristen Hostetter, of Bloomfield and 23 year old Jennah Banks, of Rockport, were transported to Baptist Health Madisonville for treatment of their injuries. 24 year old Passenger Jarod Daming, of Newburgh, was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville for treatment and passenger 23 year old Malcolm Webb, of Rockport, was flown to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville for treatment. Kentucky State Police is continuing the investigation.
Jasper police arrested a Orange County man for drunk driving after he drove a truck through a Jasper residence’s yard Sunday afternoon. According to police reports, 42 year old Michael R. Lagenour, of French Lick southbound in a 1996 Ford F-350 when the truck went off the roadway into a yard belonging to Jason and Jill Kelly at 303 S. Meridian Road. It struck the residence’s mailbox and then struck a city-owned light pole before stopping. Officers detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on Lagenour but he refused to submit to a field sobriety test. He was taken to Memorial Hospital for a blood draw to determine his blood alcohol content but he refused to submit to the search. A passenger in his vehicle 81 year old Eddie A. Flick, of French Lick, complained of pain to his neck, back, arm and leg. He was transported by ambulance to Jasper Memorial Hospital. Police charged Lagenour with Level 5 felony operating while intoxicated causing bodily injury and Level 6 felony obstruction of justice. He was booked into the Dubois County Jail.
Friday, March 6th, 2015
Lawrence County - Early Thursday, four men were arrested for Theft of Gasoline from the Lehigh Cement Company in Mitchell.After receiving the theft complaint from Lehigh, State Police Detectives learned the company had previously employed investigative assistance from Advanced Investigative Solutions Inc. (AIS) of Simpsonville, Kentucky. AIS was able to provide ISP Detective Zack Robbins with in depth information as a result of their investigation. With the cooperation of Lehigh and AIS, an ISP investigation ensued which included witness interviews and the execution of Lawrence County Search and Arrest Warrants.
Bryan Tolliver, 36 of Mitchell (Felony Theft)
Charles Livingston, 48 of Mitchell (Felony Theft)
Justin Henderson, 42 of Orleans (Misdemeanor Theft)
Daniel Brooks, 56 of Mitchell (Misdemeanor Theft)
All four were transported to and lodged at the Lawrence County Jail.
A group of Hoosiers says Central Time is the best option for all of Indiana. Indiana Central Time Coalition says much of Indiana is in the wrong time zone. A legislative summer study committee is to weigh the pros and cons of eastern versus central time. At issue especially is the young school children heading to school in the darkness early in the morning.
Thursday, March 5th, 2015
A long time Body Shop in Mitchell burnt Wednesday. According to police reports, Lawrence County Police Department dispatchers were notified of the fire at 5:41 p.m. Marion Township RFD was assisted by the Huron and Shawswick Township Volunteer Fire Departments. In total, seven trucks and 23 firefighters battled the blaze for about four hours at TJ Williams Body Shop, located at 4983 State Road 37 in Mitchell. Firefighters stopped the blaze from spreading to attached offices and a small shop attached to its south side, but the main body shop was heavily damaged. The fire happened after Williams closed the business about 5 p.m.
An Eckerty man was transferred from the Crawford County Jail to the Dubois County Jail after being connected to a Celestine burglary investigation. 27 year old Cody Froman, of Eckerty, was serving time in the Crawford County Jail but was brought to Dubois County Wednesday morning on a warrant charging him with a Level 4 felony count of residential burglary and Level 6 felony counts of auto theft, attempted auto theft and theft. According to authorities, Froman was implicated in the burglary and theft at a manufactured home used for hunting and summer get-aways near Patoka Lake. The home belonging to Bernie Fallon is located on an Ellsworth Road property in Celestine. The burglary investigation began after a deputy found the Ford Bronco normally blocking the lane to the home had been pushed out of the way in early February. The deputy determined someone had broken into the home. Besides missing propane tanks and clothing, food items from the freezer had been prepared and eaten and soft drinks and alcohol consumed. The Ford Bronco’s ignition switch had been tampered with and busted in what appeared to be an attempt to steal the vehicle. A 1997 Forest River Ford RV had also been taken from the property. The RV was located at Froman’s property near Eckerty.
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
On Tuesday, at 12:30PM a multi agency unit consisting of Indiana State Police, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Paoli Police Department and French Lick Police Department executed a search warrant at Lanes Motel, Room 127, located at 8483 State Road 56 in French Lick. The Motel room was occupied by 30 year old Amanda Dill, Indianapolis, 38 year old Terry Brown, West Baden Springs and two children ages 1 and 5 years old.@Dill and Brown were arrest and transported to the Orange County Jail and the two children were placed in the custody of the Indiana Department of Child Protective Services. Once the children were safe a search of the room was conducted. The search resulted in finding a large quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The investigation is ongoing and more arrest are expected.@ Amanda Dill is being charged with dealing methamphetamine over 10 grams, possession of methamphetamine over 10 grams and child endangerment. Terry Brown is being charged with dealing methamphetamine over 10 grams, possession of methamphetamine over 10 grams, possession of marijuana and child endangerment. Terry Brown was recently arrested for possession of methamphetamine and was out on bond at the time of his arrest.@ We would like to thank the citizens of Orange County for all of the tips and information received on this and other cases. Residents of Orange County are strongly encouraged to call and report any activity out of the ordinary. With warmer weather approaching, more people will be outside walking, jogging and bike riding in rural areas. The potential exists that some people may come across a meth lab or trash left behind by those who have manufactured methamphetamine. Law enforcement reminds citizens that the rash from outdoor meth labs contains chemicals that are toxic, flammable, corrosive, and acidic. When mixed together the chemicals are highly explosive. The fumes are toxic and can cause internal damage to organs.
Two women were injured in a two vehicle crash on Hwy 37 near Storage Express Tuesday morning. According to a Lawrence County Police report, 39-year-old Misty Kniesly of Mitchell was pulling out of her driveway in the 6100 block of Ind. 37 and was traveling north on Ind. 37 in the right lane when her Chevrolet Equinox was hit in the rear by a 2003 Ford Taurus driving by 30-year-old Shannon Matlock. Knielsy told police she didn't see any traffic when she pulled out of the drive, but once on Ind. 37 she saw Matlock's vehicle approaching from the rear. Kinelsy attempted to change lanes, but was unable to before the collision. Knielsy complained of neck pain, while Matlock complained of body pain following the incident. Assisting at the scene were officers from Bedford and Mitchell Police Departments, Marion Volunteer Fire Department, a Seals ambulance crew and Bedford Fire Department extrication unit.
They may not leave bruises, but words can hurt and today (Wed.), there's a reminder for people in Indiana and nationwide that the use of the word "retarded" is unacceptable. This is "Spread the Word to End the Word" day, when people are asked to remove the word "retarded" from their vocabulary. Christine Dahlberg with the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities says all people should speak, and be spoken to, with language that is respectful and inclusive. While today is focused on getting everyday people to stop using the "R-word," here are efforts to end it on a higher level as well. Senate Bill 420, now in a Senate committee, would replace the term “mental retardation” in all state statutes with “intellectual disability.”
Friday, February 27th, 2015
A crash Thursday evening just north of Dale claimed the life of a driver. At about 8:18 p.m. a 1994 Subaru Legacy had stopped along the southbound shoulder of U.S. 231 just north of County Road 2050N. When the driver of the Subaru attempted to cross the southbound lanes of US 231 to travel east on CR 2250N, the vehicle pulled into the path of a southbound 2006 Peterbilt Semi-tractor trailer driven by David 66 year old Wolfkiel, of Owensboro. Wolfkiel attempted to avoid the collision by merging into passing lane but was unable to avoid the crash. The Peterbilt struck the Subaru’s driver’s side at a right angle and pushing it into the median. The driver of the Subaru was pronounced dead at the scene. Wolfkiel had a complaint of pain to a leg but was treated at the scene and released. The name of the deceased is being withheld until family is notified. Indiana State Police were assisted at the scene by the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department, Dale and Santa Claus Police Departments, Carter Township Fire Department, Spencer County EMS and Coroner.
The Legend of French Lick estate, a house built for former Orange County high school basketball standout and one-time NBA player Larry Bird, has been acquired by Mike and Debbie Hicks of Bedford. The two will operate the property as a resort. They also operate Comfort Suites in French Lick. General manager of the resort will be Debbie Chipman. Although the property is the former home of Bird, the new owners said neither it nor the Legend of French Lick LLC is affiliated with, endorsed by or sponsored by Bird or the Larry Joe Bird revocable living trust.