***Q-100 News***


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. 

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

One person is dead and another injured following a shooting Wednesday at a muscle car repair shop just north of Paoli.
According to police reports, 30 year old Keith Wagner was in an argument with 48 year old Michael Dale Kilpatrick, of North Carolina on the north driveway of the body shop located at 1875 N. State Road 37. The argument escalated, and the two began wrestling around 10:37 a.m., according to Indiana State Police. Wagner ran away from the fight into a garage-like building and locked the door. A witness was inside behind a desk. Kilpatrick, who was temporarily working at the shop, started beating on the window of the garage. Worried Kilpatrick would break the glass, Wagner unlocked the door. Kilpatrick then entered the garage, pointed a gun at him and shot Wagner twice at point blank range — once in his neck and once in his abdomen. When the shooting began, the witness ran outside and hid behind cars. Kilpatrick ran outside, and two Orange County Sheriff’s Department police officers, who had just arrived, followed on foot. Kilpatrick reached a tree line and shot himself. He was taken to Indiana University Health Paoli Hospital by ambulance and died of the self-inflicted wound. Wagner was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital and was scheduled to have surgery today.

A Wednesday  evening traffic stop for an equipment violation in northern Perry County
landed a Schnellville woman in jail on narcotics charges. Around 8:50 p.m., State Troopers observed a blue 2004 Cadillac Escalade at the intersection of State Road 37 and State Road 62 in Tell City with an inoperable tail light on the driver’s side. After initiating a traffic stop on the Cadillac, troopers began speaking to the driver, Jonny Arnett, of Louisville, and the passenger, 42 year old Rosetta Allbright, of Schnellville, who was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the stop. Further investigation during the stop led troopers to a search of the Cadillac. During the search, the troopers found four hypodermic needles containing morphine in the front passenger seat wrapped in a hooded sweatshirt. The sweatshirt and contents belonged to Allbright. She was charged with a Level 6 felony count of possession of a hypodermic needle and a Level 5 count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. She was placed into custody, without incident, and lodged in the Perry County Jail. Arnett was released at the scene after being issued a warning for the tail light violation.

Jasper police are seeking the public’s help in locating a silver Ford F150 that left the scene of an accident at B&B Fitness, 745 Third Avenue, at 9:39 a.m. Thursday morning. According to Jasper Police, the truck struck a parked 2014 Toyota Camry owned by 49 year old Carl May, of 4694 Bern Strasse. The truck was last seen northbound on Third Avenue. The truck will have damage to the passenger side. The Toyota had about $1,500 in damages. Anyone with information on the hit-and-run incident is asked to call Jasper police at 812-482-2255 or the department’s anonymous tip line: 812-481-2677 (COPS).

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

State health officials announced today a quickly spreading outbreak of HIV in the southeastern portion of the state. There have been 26 confirmed and four preliminary HIV positive cases since mid-December. The large majority of cases are linked through injection drug abuse of the prescription drug, opana, in addition to a small number of cases linked through sexual transmission.  State health officials are working closely with local health departments, health care providers and others to contain the spread of HIV in southeastern Indiana.   For HIV testing locations and information about HIV Care Coordination, individuals are encouraged to call the ISDH HIV Services Hotline at (866) 588-4948.

By a vote of 28-22, the Indiana Senate on Tuesday failed to advance a resolution that would have embedded in the state Constitution a so-called right-to-farm. Opponents argued SJR 12 would have given agribusinesses protection from regulations. It was presented as a right-to-farm, but opponents of Senate Joint Resolution 12 in Indiana say it would have created a constitutional right to pollute. Supporters of the measure, which was voted down by the Senate on Tuesday 28-22, said it would stop future laws that unnecessarily burden farming.

The Orange County Publishing Company's Great Spelling Bee has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 15. The event which was scheduled for Saturday was postponed due to weather."The forecast was so iffy right up until the storm hit. It wasn't an easy decision, and we had to make it early enough to notify everyone," said the event's coordinator, Miles Flynn. "But the decision to postpone turned out to be the right one, and I'm glad everyone was safe at home that afternoon."   Organizers were concerned with finding a date when the Paoli High School Auditorium was available and early enough to meet the Scripps National Spelling Bee's set deadline for local spelling bees.  "In the end, the date that worked best turned out to be Sunday, March 15" Flynn added. "We'll plan to get the competition started at 2 p.m. in order to ensure that no matter how long the bee might run, there's no way it will interfere with anyone's evening church services." 

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

State Representative Steve Davisson (R-Salem) authored a resolution honoring Indiana’s Vietnam veterans. Co-authored by State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth), House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 23 also urges the Indiana Department of Transportation to establish the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway, located at S.R. 56 and U.S. 150 between Paoli and French Lick. “When many of these honorable individuals came home from Vietnam, they often did not receive the welcome they deserved,” said Rep. Davisson. “I felt this was an opportunity to thank them not just once, but every day, for their bravery and dedication to our freedom.” The Vietnam War was one of the longest wars in our nation’s history. Approximately 187,600 men and women from Indiana served in the war, and of those veterans, 1,625 resided in Orange County. During the war, a total of 1,534 Hoosiers were killed in action. In their honor, HCR 23 would rename part of Indiana S.R. 56 and U.S. 150 that converge as a single roadway as the Orange County Veterans Memorial Highway. Secondly, the bridge spanning Lick Creek, at U.S. 150 and S.R. 56, would be designated the Orange County Vietnam Veterans Bridge. Rep. Davisson represents parts of Washington, Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison Counties. Rep. Arnold (R-Leavenworth) represents portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.

Gas prices may be low, but a new survey shows consumers don’t believe prices will stay that way and they want their next car or truck to get better gas mileage. Comments from Mark Cooper, director of research at Consumer Federation of America – which commissioned the survey; and Jack Gillis, author of The Car Book. Image available: Photo of gas pump.  Gas prices will go up again. That’s the expectation of consumers, according to a new survey commissioned by the Consumer Federation of America that also finds that car buyers still have an eye on better mileage. C-F-A’s Mark Cooper says nearly 86 percent rank fuel efficiency as important when shopping for a new car or truck. Cooper says consumers also see better mileage as a cushion against the rise and fall of gas prices while trying to set monthly budgets. Jack Gillis, author of The Car Book, says no one is fooled by today’s low gas prices. The report’s research shows that consumers could easily pay nearly double for gas each month when prices rise again

A Vincennes woman was arrested this afternoon for reasons beyond the infraction she was pulled over for. Early Tuesday afternoon, Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents and Trooper Samuel Gillespie were patrolling US 50 near County Road 900 East in Cannelburg, when they observed a silver 2000 Chevrolet Impala traveling at 78 miles per hour in a 50 mile per hour zone. After pulling over the Chevrolet and speaking with the driver, Brittany Smith, 29, Vincennes, Troopers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed that Smith was in possession of marijuana. Troopers also learned that Smith had operated her vehicle under the influence of methamphetamine, marijuana, and opiates. Smith was placed into custody and lodged, without incident, in the Daviess County Jail.  

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Fridays Forecast A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 22. Wind chill values as low as -16. Southeast wind 5 to 9 mph. Warming up for Saturday and Sunday with a high in the Mid 40’s Saturday and Upper 30’s for Sunday and a calmer start to next week.

Due to the weather our current cancellations are:

Schools Closed:
Paoli Community
Crawford County Community

Also other cancellations:
* French Lick Senior Citizen Center Dinner and Dance canceled Friday Feb 20th 2015
* Entire Town of French Lick Trash Removal will be SATURDAY Feb 21st for ALL of French Lick
* The OC Homegrown Farmers Market Fund Raising Concert featuring the Lick Creek Band for this Sat Feb 21st has BEEN MOVED to March 21st 2015. Same Time and Location and all tickets honred

A multi-vehicle crash on I-65 in Columbus Wednesday injured three people. The accident involved an INDOT snow plow truck, two semi‘s and an SUV. 67-year old Dee Pedler of Tennessee was trapped inside his semi and had to be extricated. He was taken to a Columbus hospital with lower extremity injuries. Another driver suffered minor injuries, and two other drivers were not hurt. The crash closed the interstate for over three hours.

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department are conducting a homicide investigation. Sheriff Jerry Harbsteight says just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday a call came in concerning the death of Travis Woodruff of Odon.Deputy Kevin Eaton said this is a murder investigation, but would not release the name of any suspects or the address of the deceased. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

The U.S. Postal Service, is asking customers to help letter carriers deliver mail safely by clearing snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes.Customers receiving door delivery should make sure their sidewalks, steps and porches are clear. Customers receiving curbside delivery should remove snow piles left by snow plows to keep access to their mailboxes clear for letter carriers. Delivery service may be delayed or curtailed whenever streets or walkways present hazardous conditions for letter carriers or when snow is plowed against mailboxes.   

A 25 year old Seymour man was killed and two North Vernon residents were injured after a head-on collision on US 50. According to an Indiana State police report - 25-year-old Michael Healy, of Seymour was traveling west on U.S. 50 when for an unknown reason he crossed the center line and into the east lane where his vehicle struck a 1998 Chevrolet truck head-on. The SUV was lifted into the air and landed on top of the truck entrapping the occupants of both vehicles. Another motorist told police they saw Healy passing several vehicles moments before the crash. Healy was taken to Jennings Hospital where he later died. Two occupants of the pickup were flown to Louisville hospitals. after a head-on collision on US 50. According to an Indiana State police report - 25-year-old Michael Healy, of Seymour was traveling west on U.S. 50 when for an unknown reason he crossed the center line and into the east lane where his vehicle struck a 1998 Chevrolet truck head-on. The SUV was lifted into the air and landed on top of the truck entrapping the occupants of both vehicles. Another motorist told police they saw Healy passing several vehicles moments before the crash. Healy was taken to Jennings Hospital where he later died. Two occupants of the pickup were flown to Louisville hospitals. 

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

At 7:10 Monday night, Dubois Firefighters were called to the report of a chimney fire at the James and Billie Bird residence, 9380 N 1100 E.  Upon arrival, firefighters found that a pipe had come apart that led to the chimney from a free-standing fire place.  Mr. Bird stated that he was sitting in the living room when he began to smell smoke and noticed a flash coming from the dining room area where the stove is located.  Mr. Bird said that he took a bucket of water and threw it on the stove pipe not aware that the pipe had come apart at the time, and they called 911.  The water did tame the fire, and when firefighters arrived, they put the pipe back together.  A small area was charred where the stove pipe went through the wall which firefighters took apart and checked for hot spots.  Firefighters also cleaned out the stove for the couple.  Mr. and Mrs. Bird were advised to have a professional check the fireplace before firing it up again, which they were fine with.  The Bird's do have an alternative heat source which they were going to use.  There were 19 firemen with three trucks responding to the scene and were there for about 15 minutes.  There was minimal damage and no one was injured in the incident.  The Bird's did have  a smoke detector laying in their kitchen which was functional, but did not alarm during the incident.

The National Weather Service says so far this month, Indiana is colder than normal for February.. A large upper low system is bringing frigid temps down from Canada to the eastern half of the country.   Wednesday and Thursday mornings will see wind chill factors of -20 to -25. 

Indiana teens conisder suicide at a higher rate than teens in any other part of the country.   According to a report from the Indiana Youth Institute, young Hoosiers are more likely to die from suicide then ahomicide, heart disease or diabetes. 

Monday February 16th, 2015

The weather was the big story today, plenty of snow and slick roads. That led to many business, factory and school cancellations. Officially as of this hour 3 and a half inches of snow has fallen at Q-100. Snow to taper off tonite and Artic cold to take its place the next few days. A complete look at the forecast follows the news

Friday, February 13th, 2015

About 25 firefighters from Marshall Township, Indian Creek Township, Perry Township and Oolitic volunteer fire departments responded to a house fire in Springville earlier this morning. According to police reports, firefighters were dispatched to a bi level home being rented by Steve and Donna Heaton on Spencer Pike Road. When firefighters arrived on scene flames from the fire was high over the trees. The fire which started by the wood stoves in the kitchen area, spread to the attic, and part of the roof collapsed after part of a tree fell into the attic. Firefighters got the blaze under control after about two hours

Indiana State Police have arrested two men and recovered a stolen vehicle in Vincennes Wednesday.
According to police reports, they received information Wednesday that a 2000 GMC pickup truck that was stolen from Ferdinand about two weeks ago was possibly in the Vincennes area. At about 6:20 p.m., Trooper Brad Mull spotted the vehicle in a parking lot near the Fast Break Marathon gas station located on 6th Street at Executive Blvd. He approached the truck and identified the driver as 19 year old Trevor Pritchard, of Vincennes. A passenger in the truck was identified as 27 year old Brandon Weber, of Vincennes. During a search of the vehicle, troopers found a syringe and drug paraphernalia. Pritchard was charged with Level 6 felony counts of auto theft and possession of a syringe and Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Weber was charged with a Level 6 felony count of possession of a syringe and Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were booked into the Knox County Jail where they are currently being held on bond.

A Washington Indiana man was arrested after an alleged sexual assault Tuesday morning.According to police, officers were called to the Oakwood Trailer Court around 2 a.m. A woman told police she was asleep when a man dressed in black came into her bedroom with a gun. The man claimed to be a police officer and had been watching her and knew she had been involved in illegal activity. He told her if she agreed to have sex with him he would not arrest her. The man began to sexually assault the woman and when she asked if he was going to rape her, he released her and she was able to flee the home. Arrested was 45-year-old Timothy Strahle on charges of sexual battery with a deadly weapon, escape, criminal confinement, battery, possession of a firearm by a violent felon, pointing a firearm, resisting arrest, impersonating a public servant and possession of drug paraphernalia. Strahle lived in the same trailer court as the victim and was able to identify Strahle.

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

The second child injured in a Domestic Dispute Tuesday in Paoli has died. Six year old Leon Gehl succumbed to his injuries at Kosair Childrens Hospital in Louisville today. He and his 3 year old sister Addison were both shot by their father 37 year old Jeremy Gehl Tuesday after he attacked their mother 33 year old Melissa Randolph with a knife. Gehl then took his own life.

More than 50 people attended a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening at Paoli's Jay-C Park
to show support for the family involved in a shooting Tuesday evening. Friends of 33 year old Melissa Randolph and her children gathered with others as a display of sympathy and encouragement for the woman whose 3-year-old daughter was shot to death by her father, 37 year old Jeremy Gehl, then died after turning the gun on himself. Gehl also shot and critically injured the couple’s 6 year old son Leon and attacked Randolph with a knife. Following the attack, Leon was taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville and succumbed to his injuries earlier today (Thursday).

Spencer – (Owen County) A Joint Task Force investigation to find an escapee,
led State Troopers, Local and Federal Law Enforcement to a residence near Spencer earlier today. Sean P. Killion, 42 of Winslow, IN escaped from a contracted transport unit while en route back to Indiana from Florida. His escape occurred in Cartersville, Georgia. The investigation revealed information that Killion was at a residence located at 25 Ashley Drive in Eastern Owen County. Killion was wanted on Federal Warrant for Conspiracy to Deal Methamphetamine in Excess of 500 Grams (2 Federal Indictments). Killion was also wanted on an Indiana State Parole Warrant for Dealing Methamphetamine.  Agencies assisting in the investigation included the United States Marshall’s Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, Washington Police Department, Martin County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana Department of Corrections Police Department.

A Shoals man was arrested after allegedly breaking into the White River Bait & Tackle in Williams
. 26 year old Trenton Chastain of Shoals was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Lawrence County authorities after being caught in the Bait shop and held by the owners until police arrived.  

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Two Lawrence County residents were arrested early Sunday morning for possessing methamphetamine. According to police reports, at 12:38 a.m., Mitchell police officers pulled over a vehicle on State Road 37, in front of the Gasoline Alley/Marathon station, because its license plate was not visible, that according to Mitchell Police. Officers say 39 year old Jeffrey Crane and 35 year old Jami Kidd both of Mitchell, were acting suspicious when they were speaking to them. They then called a canine and a handler in to assist. The canine detected the presence of drugs. Meth was found inside the vehicle and on the suspects. Less than 5 grams of the drug possessed by each person according to the police report. Both Crane and Kidd were taken to the Lawrence County Jail, where Crane is being held on bond of $755 cash, or $7,500 surety. Kidd bonded out on the same amounts Sunday.

A Dubois County man was injured when he failed to stop at an intersection and his vehicle flipped.
According to police reports, 35 year old Kyle Burger, of Dubois, was traveling northbound on County Road 1025 East in his 2003 Mini Cooper at about 11 p.m. As Burger was approaching the intersection of County Road 1025 East at State Road 164, he failed to stop and went through the “T” intersection. Burger lost control of his vehicle and was ejected as it flipped numerous times. He was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital and was later taken to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville for cuts to his head and bruising to his body. Burger was not using his seatbelt at the time of the crash. The accident remains under investigation by the State Police. Troopers were assisted on scene by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Memorial Hospital EMS, and the Celestine Fire Department.

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Fire departments from the Guthrie, Pleasant Run and Shawswick townships in Lawrence County were called to assist crews from Jackson County in fighting a house fire Wednesday near Norman. Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 9:35 p.m and the fire was in Jackson County’s Owen Township, which is just over the line from Pleasant Run Township. Firefighters say the home’s residents were at work when the fire struck and the home is still standing, but there was pretty substantial damage. Crews remained at the scene until about midnight. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Around 10:04 Thursday morning, Master Trooper Brian LaRoche was patrolling Interstate 64 near the 61 mile marker, when he observed a black 2004 BMW sedan traveling eastbound at 103 miles per hour. Master Trooper LaRoche caught the BMW and identified the driver as 21 year old Logan W. Davis of Louisville, KY. LaRoche, while speaking with Davis, detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. Troopers Justin Mears and Philip Lubbers assisted Master Trooper LaRoche, and later found Davis to be under the influence of marijuana. Davis was arrested without incident and transported to the Spencer County Jail for Operating While Intoxicated with a Controlled Substance. Arrested and Charged was 21 year old Logan W. Davis of Louisville, KY with Operating While Intoxicated - Controlled Substance, Class A Misdemeanor

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Orange County REMC would like to warn the public of a telephone fraud that is targeting members. Several members have received calls from telephone number 800-489-7369 stating they had not paid electric bill, and were subject to disconnection. Members were then asked to make a payment immediately. Please be advised this is a scam.  Orange County REMC’s automated notification system calls members concerning prior balances, prepay accounts, planned outages and other possible situations where members need to be notified within a short period of time. Members are asked to verify they are the account holder then may then proceed to make a payment if desired.  Orange County REMC recommends anyone who has given credit or debit card information to contact his or her financial institution immediately to cancel the payment. @

Citizen’s Energy says Hoosiers could have lower home heating gas bills by keeping thermostats between 65 to 70 degrees while at home and lowering to 58 when away. This should not have any adverse effects on furnaces. Replacing furnace filters once a month during the winter keeps furnaces breathing easier will and help lower gas consumption. Also suggested is closing vents in rooms not in use.

In Martinsville, Indiana University Health is planning to let go of about 100 employees at Morgan Hospital. The permanent layoffs are expected to begin at the end of March. IU Health says it will offer severance packages and outplacement services for the displaced workers.

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Visitors to the French Lick Resort are being contacted about a possible breach on credit cards. Resort officials say the breach would affect custome4rs who were at the resort between April 23d and January 21st and used a credit card. An investigation revealed that malware was introduced to the payment system.

The federal government has given the green light to an expansion of Indiana’s health program
 for low-income residents. Individuals age 19 to 64 who make less than $16,105 annually will be eligible to enroll as well as families of four with an income of $32,913 or less. Uniinsured residents can start to sign up for health care coverage as soon as next month under the “Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0.

An Odon man injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning at the intersection of Hwy 37 and Patton Hill in Lawrence County. 53 year old Joseph Hill was driving a 95 Buick south on Hwy 37 and making a left turn onto Main Street in Oolitic. A 2008 Nissan, driven by 25 year old Estevan Ayala of Mitchell, ran a red light and struck the Buick. Police say Ayala was at fault for disregarding a stop light. 

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 

Some ice on roadways this morning,, The Orange County Sheriff’s Department warns of black ice, and reports several slide offs.. Stay home if you can,, Crawford County, West Washington and Salem Schools on a two hour delay.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Indiana farmers last year planted more acres in popcorn than ever before and produced a record crop despite abnormally wet conditions, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Farmers planted 91,000 acres of corn used to make popcorn, up 10,000 acres from 2013, according to a National Agricultural Statistics Service report produced for Purdue University. They harvested 90,000 acres, also up 10,000 acres from the previous year.  Although the amount of Indiana acres harvested in popcorn was small compared with the 5.77 million acres in corn grown for grain, Indiana is regarded as the second-largest popcorn producer in the nation behind Nebraska.

A Brownstown man was killed in a one vehicle crash Monday evening on Hwy 50 near the Jackson and Lawrence County Line. 58 year old David Mark Sterling was driving a 99 Mercury Mountaineer when he hit a guardrail, rolled over and traveled into a ravine. He was ejected and killed in the crash. US 50 was shut down for about 45 minutes.

Monday, January 26th, 2015

A Lawrence County man arrested Sunday morning after police say he entered a home in the 2500 block of Sanders Lane in Bedford and pointed a shotgun at a couple. According to Bedford Police, officers were contacted after a woman made a frantic 911 call at 4:11 a.m. reporting a man was in her home and had a gun and then hung up. Officers after arriving at the home say they saw two men exit the home and immediately placed both men in handcuffs. Officers learned that 23-year-old Patrick Gary of Bedford entered the home, walked into the couple's bedroom and pointed a loaded shotgun at them and that he was going to shoot them. Gary was arrested on charges of invasion of privacy, public intoxication, intimidation, residential entry, pointing a firearm and criminal recklessness with a weapon.

A Lawrence County man suffered arm and shoulder pain after a two vehicle crash Friday near the Lawrence County 4-H Fairgrounds. According to a Lawrence County police report, 79-year-old James Durnill of Bedford was driving his 2006 Chevrolet pickup west on U.S. 50 and was preparing to turn into a driveway in the 11000 block of U.S. 50 West when his pickup was hit in the rear by a 2007 GMC Envoy driven by 21-year-old Kaylea Mundel of Shoals. Mundel told police she was giving a child, who was in the back seat, a sippy cup and didn't see the pickup stop. Mundel's vehicle collifed with Durnill's pickup and a maibox. She and the child were not injured, but Durnill complained of shoulder and upper arm pain.

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

An Lawrence County man has been jailed on drug-related charges after an investigation by the Lawrence County Drug Task Force. According to police reports, Bedford Police officers had received information that 26 year old Reed Crane of Oolitic could be involved in illegal drug activity and also information on what type of vehicle he was in on Thursday. Officers then located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. During that stop, police made a canine search and it did alert to the possible presence of drugs in the back seat. Officers found a package with some residue in it, and the substance tested positive for a synthetic drug. Crane was then arrested and charged with dealing in a synthetic drug, possession of a synthetic drug, possession of paraphernalia and trafficking. After Crane was taken to the Lawrence County Jail, an additional search was done and authorities found two more packages of synthetic drugs in Crane’s groin area. He booked into the Lawrence County jail at 1:44 p.m. His bond is set at $20,000 surety or $2,005 cash.

Huntingburg police have arrested a woman after an insurance fraud investigation revealed that she allegedly used a false identity while receiving medical treatment dating back as far as June of 2012. Huntingburg Police launched the investigation in October after receiving a report from an insurance company involving someone going by the name Sarah Ann Hernandez. According to police reports, the investigation revealed that 42 year old Bernice Barrientos-Galcana, of Huntingburg was hired by a local furniture company under the alias of Sarah Ann Hernandez. Barrientos-Galcana allegedly had a fraudulent date of birth and fake Indiana Driver’s License under the assumed name. The insurance carrier became aware of the fraudulent identification after it was received from Jasper Memorial Hospital. Tuesday evening, Gogel, with the assistance of Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputy Jesus Monarrez, spoke with Barrientos-Galcana at the Huntingburg police station and subsequently arrested her for Level 6 felony synthetic identity deception. Authorities booked Barrientos-Galcana into the Dubois County Jail.

A bill sponsored by a State Senator from Bedford, that makes intentionally decapitating someone a crime eligible for the death penalty, has been approved by the Indiana Senate. Senators voted 45-4 on Thursday in favor of the proposal. Bill sponsor Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, argues current state law only allows prosecutors to seek the death penalty for anyone convicted of torturing or mutilation before a killing or decapitating someone who is already dead. Death penalty opponents contend the measure isn’t necessary and that capital punishment amounts to “recycling the violence.” The proposal now goes to the Indiana House for consideration.

Thursday, January 22d, 2015

Over 78,000 dollars in drug money, along with meth, marijuana and firearms were seized in a Daviess County drug raid investigation this week. 47 year old Alan Fox was arrested and is facing multiple charges.

Full time manufacturing jobs for non-college degree workers pay a wage premium of more than $37,000
annually over jobs in other economic sectors and have a significant positive impact on the economy according to a report from Economic Policy Institute. In Indiana the average manufacturing worker makes $17.67 an hour compared to $15.77 for all other workers, an annual wage difference of $3,952 for the usual 2,080 working hours in a year. In Indiana, manufacturing makes up 16.85% of jobs.

Purdue Extension and Indiana Pork have announced plans ofr this year’s Southern Indiana Pork Conference. It is slated for January 30th in Jasper.. It will run from 10am to 4:30pm and focus key issues in the pork industry like regulations, swine production and animal health. More information is available at Indianapork.org.

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Dubois County Coroner Bob Veatch, has confirmed the remains found in a burned farm home Saturday are those of a man in his 50s. Authorities presumed 56 year old Michael Bauer perished in that fire. Bauer’s family was informed Saturday night that the human remains were found in the area of the bedroom. A forensic anthropologist is working on a positive identification. Dubois Volunteer Fireman were called to a multi-structure fire on the property at 9779 North 400 east in Dubois Saturday afternoon. Upon arrival, firefighters observed the home and three barn-type structures had burned to the ground.

Bloomfield – Indiana State Police Detectives are continuing their investigation
into the disappearance of Marina Boelter of Bloomfield who was last seen on New Year's Eve getting into what was described as a four door 2009-2011 Mercury Milan near the Bloomfield IGA.  The person of interest reported as the driver of the Mercury was described as a white male, in his 40’s or 50’s and heavy set.  Investigators have exhausted these leads and need no more information or tips regarding that vehicle or the person described.  Marina Boelter was last seen wearing blue jeans with rhinestone designs on the back pockets, a black and purple jacket and Nike tennis shoes, described as white, with a pink swoosh and black trim.  Detectives and Troopers are still following up on leads and information that comes their way. Please call (812) 332-4411 and speak to the Post Commander or contact ISP Bloomington via Facebook (Curt Durnil, Indiana State Police or Twitter @ISPBloomington) with any new information.  Tips can remain anonymous.

Statistics reveal that Indiana is one of the worst states in the country for infant mortality. Hoosier infants are 25 percent more likely to die within the first year of life. Officials say this can be prevented, especially by addressing problems with smoking and obesity.  

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

At 9:26 p.m. Monday night, Dubois Firefighters were called to the Steve Stackhouse property, 8389 N Cuzco Road North. A passerby called 911 with the report of flames showing. Upon firefighters' arrival, they found an area of debris burning that the land owner had intentionally set. No one was at the property at the time of the call and the fire was extinguished. The property was the site of a house fire that occurred earlier last year and the property owner has been cleaning up what was left of the home. There were three trucks with 26 firemen responding to the scene and were there for about 15 minutes.Clean-energy supporters in Indiana say a new bill would kill solar power in the state. House Bill 1320, introduced by Rep. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, would change terms and allow demand charges for utility customers who generate electricity with solar systems. Electricity customers in Indiana who use solar power receive credits for selling excess power back to the grid. Those against the bill say H-B 1320 would minimize those credits, and allow utilities to set fixed charges for solar users. Brad Morton of Morton Solar in Evansville is among those speaking out against the legislation, saying it would increase the cost to install solar power, effectively killing it in Indiana.

The Springs Valley Blackhawk Brigade was on WHAS11 last Wednesday. The band was the overall winner of the WHAS11 Band of the Week. The prize was a spot on Great Day Live. The band performed on three segments and was the initial teaser to start the show. Students performed at the KFS YUM Center in downtown Louisville. 87 students traveled with the band.  

Monday, January 19th, 2015

At 3:01 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Dubois Volunteer Firefighters were called to the report of multiple structures on fire at the Mike Bauer residence, 9779 N 400 E. Upon arrival, firefighters found a home and three barn type structures burned to the ground. A family member to Mr. Bauer called in the incident. A short time after firefighters arrived on scene, it was brought to their attention that Mr. Bauer could not be located. All of his vehicles were at the scene along with all the tractors that Mr. Bauer used on the farm. Family members who arrived on scene made numerous phone calls to try to account for him. A representative was called in from the state fire marshal's office who began an investgation. Personnel on scene began to sift through the area where Mr. Bauer's bedroom was believed to be and found some remains that could not be identified on scene as human. These remains were taken by the coroner and are to be examined by a forensic pathologist sometime on Monday. Sunday morning, units from the fire department were back on the scene with the fire marshall's office, coroner, and a search team with cadaver dogs from Ohio Valley Search and Rescue. The search dogs did give some signals near the area where the remains were found. Mr. Bauer has not come forward at this time and it has been presumed that he parished in the fire. There were four trucks with thirty firefighters responding to the scene Saturday afternoon. Units were on the scene for about four and a half hours. It was determined that the fire probably started sometime between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. The fire appeared to have started at the home and spread to the two nearby building by wind. The location of the residence was very remote making it hard for anyone to have noticed it. The cause of the fire is undetermined. Fire personnel were assisted on scene by the state fire marshal's office, Dubois County Coroner, Dubois County EMS and the Dubois County sheriff's department

Spencer, Ind. – Indiana Conservation Officer divers recovered two juveniles Sunday afternoon who had fallen through the ice of a rural rock quarry north of Spencer, Indiana. At approximately 1328 hours Owen County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call in reference to two juveniles who had fallen through the ice.
First Responders arrived and navigated steep rocky terrain to reach the waters edge. Indiana Conservation Officer Divers located the two juveniles within minutes of entering the water. They had been submerged for approximately an hour and a half in 11 feet of water. Both victims were taken to I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital and pronounced dead. .They have been identified as 17 year old Edward" Shoemaker, of Spencer and 13 year old Dominic Arthur, of Coal City. Autopsies are scheduled for today in Terre Haute, The pair had been ice fishing with family members at the rock quarry in rural Owen County. The ice was measured at less than three inches thick.  Indiana Conservation Officers note that the warming temperatures had contributed to the deterioration of the ice. Always verify the thickness of the ice before venturing out on it.

Today is a Federal holiday,, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with government offices, some schools and business’ closed.

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Lawrence County Police arrested a 29-year-old man Wednesday morning after finding him in possession of two syringes containing heroin. According to a Police report, Matthew Irwin, who was listed in the jail log as being homeless, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Dillon Shaw of Mitchell. Shaw was pulled over by a Lawrence County Police Department canine officer for an equipment violation. After Shaw consented to his vehicle being searched, the canine indicated the presence of drugs. The officer who was assisted by a Mitchell Police Department officer, searched the car and found two syringes in Irwin’s possession. The contents of both syringes tested positive for heroin. Irwin was booked into jail at 2:22 a.m. for possession of a Schedule I controlled substance (heroin) and possession of paraphernalia with his bond set at $7,500 surety or $755 cash. Shaw, the driver, was issued a citation for an expired license plate.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Holland resident drug-related charges Tuesday afternoon. According to a police reports, The Dubois County Superior Court issued a search warrant based on probable cause the sheriff’s department presented as part of an ongoing investigation into drug activities. Deputies and an Indiana State Police K-9 unit executed the search warrant at Mangel’s auto care business in Holland and located 48 grams of marijuana and scales. Arrested was 56 year old Don Mangel of Holland and he was charged with Level 6 felony count of maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanor counts of dealing marijuana and marijuana possession. Dubois County deputies found marijuana on Mangels person during the arrest. The Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office also assisted with the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Postal authorities are investigating a burglary at the French Lick Post Office that occurred between January 8th and 9th. French Lick Post Office customers are being asked to review recent mail and accounts to determine if they are missing anything. A $10,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Call Postal Inspection Service toll free at 1-877-876-2455 with any information.

The French Lick Resort will unveil it’s 20 million dollar Meeting and Event Center today. The 163,000 square foot addition is the largest privately-owned meeting space in the state and now features 27 meeting rooms.

Three cases of “Whooping Couth” or Pertussis have been diagnosed at Bradie Schrum Elementary School in Salem. The health department says three people, two juveniles and an adult are being treated with antibiotics for the disease. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease and is known for uncontrollable violent coughing making it hard to breath. More information can be found about the disease at www.in.gov/isdh.

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has released their statistics for the month of December. A total of 250 court papers were served: 43 traffic tickets issued. 63 warnings, 260 public service duties, 295 courtesy checks, investigated 17 traffic accidents, 24 crimes and 2 incidents. The top 2 crimes in the county in December were: Failure to Appear, with 20 charges filed and theft with 17 charges filed.

For the first time a Muslim lawmaker will serve on the House Intelligence Committee. Congressman Andre Carson would be named to the Intelligence Panel by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Carson now serves in the House Armed Services Committee and in the past has worked for Homeland Security.

The Springs Valley Church of the Nazarene will provide the noon meal this Thursday, January 15th. The church is located at 763 Bears Bend Road in French Lick. The meal will be served from 11:30am to 1pm. The public is welcome.

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Indiana University Police report a rape at Eignmann Residence Hall Sunday. A Female told IU Police that she had met the man over social media and the two agreed to meet in person. After the two consumed alcohol, the rape took place without her consent.  The male is described as a white male, 5-foot-9-inches, 160 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. A Crime Alert email was sent to students warning them to beware of predators using social media and using alcohol and or drugs to target potential victims. Students were warned to be aware of their surroundings and to speak up and call police if they see someone in trouble. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Indiana University Police at (812) 855-4111.

Firefighters from four departments responded to a fire at 9:16pm Monday in Oolitic. The fire was at a home in the 200 block of Indiana Avenue. Fflames and smoke were coming out of windows and from under the eve of the roof. The fire was under control at 12:30am. And was contrained to the attic and upstairs area, however the lower level sustained smoke and water damage. The cause is under investigation by the State Fire Marshall.

An Indiana Senate committee takes up a bill today to authorize the death penalty for beheadings. The maxmimum sentence for murder in Indiana is 65 years. It only becomes eligible for capital punishment or life without parole if it meeets one of 34 aggravating factors, from the killer being on probation to the victim being tortured.

Monday, January 12th, 2015

A Orange County woman escaped injuries this morning when she lost control of her vehicle near the Dubois Crossroads. According to a Dubois County Sheriffs report, at around 4:23AM, Kimberly Campbess of French Lick lost control of her 1999 Ford Ranger on the hill approaching the Dubois cross roadson State Road 56 near county Road 575E. When Campbess lost control, the Ranger struck and embankment and then overturned. Deputies said road and weather conditions were a factor. No injuries were reported. The truck was considered a total loss. Dubois First Responders, Jasper Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, and a wrecker from Uebelhor and Sons responded.

At approximately 8:25PM Saturday, Indiana State Police, Gibson County Sheriff’s Department and Oakland City Police responded to a residence located at 622 Walnut Street in Oakland City to serve an arrest warrant on 20 year old Megan Mitchell.  She was wanted out of Gibson and Pike Counties for various offenses.  After arriving, one officer went to the rear of the residence and observed a male walking through the backyard.  When the male was ordered to take his hand out of his pocket a knife fell to the ground. He was identified as 39 year old Christopher Jones, of Petersburg. A further search discovered over two-grams of meth and a syringe in a coat pocket. Jones was arrested and taken to the Gibson County Jail. While officers were outside the residence they detected a strong odor commonly associated with the manufacturing of meth.  A search of the residence revealed a meth lab and drug paraphernalia in the attic.  The homeowner, 49 year old Darrell Mitchell, was arrested along with Megan Mitchell and 20 year old Amber Reiner, of Newburgh.  Darrell Mitchell, Jones and Reiner were taken to the Gibson County Jail where they are currently being held on bond.  Megan Mitchell was taken to the Pike County Jail where she is currently being held on a $150,000 bond.

Friday, January 9th, 2015

The Indiana State Police along with the Bloomfield Police Department are asking for assistance in the disappearance of 18 year old and mother of one, Marina Boelter, last seen near the IGA Grocery Store in Bloomfield. State Police along with local law enforcement agencies are using every available resource and lead to find information as to Boelter’s whereabouts. Boelter was last seen on New Year's Eve getting into what's been described as a four door 2009-2011 Mercury Milan near the Bloomfield IGA. The vehicle’s color has been reported as everything from silver to beige, even gold in color. The Mercury has multi-spoke rims, a spoiler and a blue tooth or cellular shark fin antenna on top. Investigators also now have an unknown person of interest in the case. The person has been reported as the driver of the Mercury and has been described as a white male, in his 40’s or 50’s and heavy set. The male was also said to have been wearing glasses. Detectives are asking any business or residence that may have any video footage of US 231 in or around Bloomfield, Judson Street or Seminary Street to notify the Indiana State Police Bloomington Post at (812) 332-4411. Anyone with tips or information regarding the whereabouts of Marina Boelter can remain anonymous.

An autopsy on the body of a 4-year old Clark County boy allegedly beaten by his father has not determined his cause of death. Preliminary autopsy results and pending toxicology test results will be given to the Clark County Prosecutor‘s office. The boy was taken to Kosair Children‘s Hospital in Louisville, KY on January 3rd and died 5 days later. Charges have been filed against Hayden Duke‘s father, 27-year old Christopher Bruck.

Its probably safe to say that most Hoosiers are sick and tired of the cold blistering winds and the falling snow.
The good news is a warm-up is coming. Associate State Climatologist Ken Sheeringa says that the warm up will likely start sometime after next week. That doesn‘t mean temperatures will push into the 50‘s like they have earlier this winter, but they will even out and stay average to above average for some time. He says that the late winter will be much different than last winter a much drier forecast. Temperatures into February and March could be a little below average going into spring.  

Thursday, January
8th, 2014

A Dubois County man who is accused in the death of an infant, appeared in Dubois County Circuit Court Wednesday. Circuit Court Judge Nathan Verkamp established a $200,000 cash bond for Charles Hopf who is charged with Level 1 felony aggravated battery causing the death of a child less than 14 years of age. According to the investigative affidavit, Hopf was arrested December 20, 2014 after police were called to Jasper Memorial Hospital where an infant, Xavier Miller, was being treated for extensive injuries. Police were told that Xavier had been brought into the hospital by his aunt Asia Clay and Charles Hopf at about 12:30 a.m. Hopf and Xavier’s mother, India Clay, were in relationship and Xavier had been in Hopf’s care since about 6:20 p.m. that night when India went to work. Xavier was transferred from Memorial Hospital to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville where he was pronounced dead at 7:09 a.m. The Jefferson County medical examiner determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the child’s head. Hopf was initially charged with Level 3 felony aggravated battery and booked into the Jail. With the death of the toddler, Hopf’s charges were upgraded to Level 1 felony aggravated battery causing the death of a child less than 14 years of age. The court also scheduled Hopf’s omnibus hearing for  February 9. An omnibus hearing is a pretrial hearing to determine admissibility of evidence in the trial.

A special needs child who has been hospitalized since he was allegedly beaten by his father has died.
Indiana State Police say Christopher Bruck, 27, of Underwood, IN, became upset with four-year-old Hayden on January 3 and hit him. During an interview earlier this week, Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said Bruck hit the child after becoming agitated while watching television. After giving police several stories about how Hayden was injured, ISP said Bruck finally admitted to troopers what happened. Hayden had been in Kosair Children's Hospital since the night he was injured. Bruck is being held in the Clark County Jail. With the death of Hayden the current charges of aggravated battery and neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury are expected to be upgraded.

All residential and business consumers throughout Indiana’s 812 area code should be prepared for changes that are coming this year in preparation for the addition of the 930 area code.Beginning Feb. 7, 2015, all local calls made within the 812 area must be placed using the 10-digit telephone number (area code + the 7-digit telephone number). Calls that are currently local will continue to be local, even though 10-digit dialing will be required. Consumers throughout 812 have had the option of using either 7 or 10 digits to complete local calls since Mar. 1, 2014, to allow ample time to adjust to the changes. To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the new 930 area code will be added this year to the 812 region which generally covers the southern third of Indiana including Bloomington, Columbus, Evansville, New Albany, and Terre Haute. The new 930 area code will be “overlaid” or superimposed over the same geographical area as 812.  The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) ordered an area code overlay for the 812 region in July 2013, following a year-long case that included a seven-month public comment period and ten public field hearings throughout southern, south-central, and western Indiana. The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) filed testimony supporting the overlay method because it is the least disruptive option available. An overlay is the addition of a new area code to the same geographic region as a pre-existing area code. In this case, the 930 area code is being added to the area currently served by 812. An overlay does not require customers to change their existing area code.

Beginning Mar. 7, 2015, new telephone lines or services may be assigned numbers using the new 930 area code.

The most important facts for consumers to know about the upcoming 930 area code overlay are:

* Your current telephone number, including current area code, will not change.
* If you seek new phone service after Mar. 7, 2015, you may be assigned a phone number with the 930 area code.
* You will need to dial area code + telephone number for all local calls.
* You will continue to dial 1 + area code + telephone number for all long distance calls.
* What is a local call now will remain a local call. 
* The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services will not change due to the overlay.
* You can still dial just three digits to reach 911. You can also continue to dial three digits to reach 211 and 811,
as well as 311 and 511, where available.

Please remember to identify your telephone number as a ten digit number (Area Code + 7-digit telephone number), and include the area code when giving the number to friends, family, business associates and customers, etc. Customers should ensure that all services, automatic dialing equipment, applications, software, or other types of equipment recognize the new 930 area code as a valid area code.  Examples include life safety systems, fax machines, Internet dial-up numbers, alarm and security systems, gates, speed dialers, mobile phone contact lists, call forwarding settings, voicemail services, and similar functions. Be sure to check your business stationery, advertising materials, personal checks, and your personal or pet ID tags to ensure the area code is included in your telephone number. Important safety and security equipment, such as medical alert devices, and alarm and security systems must be programmed to use 10-digit dialing. Many systems operate on 10-digit dialing by default but some older equipment may still use 7-digits.  Please contact your medical alert or security provider if you are not sure whether your equipment needs to be reprogrammed to accommodate the upcoming change to 10-digit local dialing. For more information, please visit the IURC website at www.in.gov/iurc/2703.htm, visit the OUCC website at www.in.gov/oucc/2718.htm, or contact your local telephone service provider.

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Jasper police have recovered a stolen car and arrested a 58-year-old Dubois County man for the theft Saturday morning. According to Jasper Police reports, a Mitsubishi Eclipse was reported stolen from the Jasper Memorial Hospital parking lot Tuesday, December 30, 2014. Officers then reviewed the surveillance video at the hospital and identified a suspect. This past Saturday morning, Jasper Police Department then received an anonymous tip about the location of the vehicle. They found the Eclipse located near a residence on Giesler Road belonging to Howard Arnold of Jasper. Jasper Police then made contact with Arnold at about 9:30 a.m. and during the interview, he admitted to taking the vehicle. Arnold was charged with theft and vehicle theft and booked into the Dubois County Security Center.

A missing hiker in Brown County has been found. Jackie Bellinger made his way to State Road 135 south of the Story area around 11:20AM this morning, where he was picked up by a passerby. Bellinger then contacted a family member to advise that he was ok. He was then transported back to the initial search location outside of Story. Bellinger had been missing 7 AM Sunday. Agencies assisting with the extended search included the Brown County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police, Johnson County Horse Patrol, and VanBuren Fire Department and Indiana Conservation Department.

Indiana Conservation Officers are reporting that the search for 39 year old Tania Holloman of Koleen has concluded. The vehicle Tania was driving was located early Monday morning with the victim still inside. Late yesterday evening Officers found what they believed to be a submerged vehicle.  The water depth receded last night and the top of the vehicle could be seen this morning. Members of the Conservation Officer dive team were able to confirm Tania was in the vehicle and the vehicle was removed from the waterway. Tania had accidentally drove into flooded waters Saturday January 3 rd 2014 and had not been heard from since that time. Responding agencies included Greene County SD, Richland-Taylor FD, Richland FD, Greene County Ambulance, Indiana State Police, Greene County Coroners Office and Indiana Conservation Officers. Conservation Officers discourage anyone from driving through flooded roadways.  If a roadway is flooded, please turn around.

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

A French Lick, Indiana man is dead this morning after a single vehicle crash in northern Dubois County.  Around 5:03 this morning, 65 year old Ronald Garrison, of French Lick, was traveling westbound on State Road 56 near State Road 545. About one quarter of a mile west of SR 545, Garrison began to slide on black ice and lost control of his maroon 2007 Dodge Ram truck. Garrison’s truck slid off of the north side of the roadway and began rolling. The truck eventually came to rest after slamming into an embankment.  Garrison was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dubois County Coroner’s Office. He was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. The Indiana State Police was assisted at the scene by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana Conservation Officers, Dubois Fire Department, Memorial Hospital EMS, and the Dubois County Coroner’s Office.  

Jasper Police caught an alleged shoplifter after he ran from Rural King with unpaid merchandise and attempted to hide in the bathroom of the nearby gas station New Years Eve. According to a Jasper Police report, they were called to Rural King for the theft at about 6:07 p.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, Rural King employees explained they had observed a man later identified as 36 year old Curt A. Brinkman, of French Lick, pick up a knife valued at $39.99 and then walk toward the entrance to the store. As he passed the counter, the store’s alarms sounded and employees asked him to stop. Brinkman ran from the store and Rural King employees followed him to the Circle A convenience store where Brinkman ran into the bathroom. Officers recovered Brinkman from the bathroom and located the knife on his person. Jasper Police charged Brinkman with Level 6 felony theft due to a prior theft charge on his record, he was then bookied into the Dubois County Jail.

Huntingburg Police arrested a man on New Years Day who involved in a fight and carrying a machete.
According to police reports, Huntingburg Police were notified of the altercation at a 5th Street apartment at about 3:10 a.m. Thursday. When police arrived, they found 51 year old Juan Morales Sacaray, of Huntingburg at the scene with a machete. Police also observed several strikes to a door in the apartment that appeared to have been caused by a machete. The investigation determined that he had battered 28 year old Pedro Roberto Diaz Lopez, who resided at the apartment. Lopez was not struck by the machete. Morales Sacaray was charged with Level 5 felony intimidation, Level 6 felony criminal recklessness and misdemeanor battery. He was booked into the Dubois County Security Center. Huntingburg police were assisted by Dubois County deputies, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, and Huntingburg First Responders.

onday December 29th, 2014

A motorist was killed in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. 231 and State Road 62 southwest of Dale Sunday afternoon. The fatal collision occurred at about 2 p.m. and shut down the southbound lanes of U.S. 231. According to authorities, a pickup truck driven by Susan Grundhoefer was westbound on U.S. 62 when it failed to yield the right of way as it crossed the four-lane highway. It was struck by a southbound SUV. The impact on the pickup’s passenger door area caused it to roll over until it came to rest on its top. Grundhoeffer was pronounced dead at the scene. Spencer County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Santa Claus Police Department, Indiana State Police, Carter Fire District Volunteer Fire Department, the Spencer County Coroner and Spencer County Emergency Medical Services.

A Floyd County police officer is expected to be fine after he crashed his cruiser while pursuing a man suspected of trying to break into a pharmacy with an ax. The ax-wielding suspect had allegedly charged at Officer Joel White, who was responding to a reported break-in attempt at The Drug Store in Edwardsville. The suspect who eventually dropped the ax, then took off in his truck. Police followed the suspect through Floyd County, Harrison County and Washington County, where Officer White went airborne over a hill and crashed into a tree. He was treated at the scene and will be fine. Police used spike strips to stop the suspect's vehicle in Washington County and took him into custody after a short foot chase. Besides the damage to Officer White's vehicle, two other sheriff's vehicles were damaged by the spike strips.

A southern Indiana man who mistakenly texted an off-duty police officer while allegedly trying to sell drugs faces felony charges after the officer texted him back and arranged a meeting.
Thirty-four-year-old Jason Riddle is scheduled to appear Monday for an initial hearing on two counts of dealing in a controlled substance. Court documents state that an off-duty Madison patrolman received a text Dec. 9 from an unfamiliar telephone number that appeared to be about prescription medication drug activity. The Madison Courier reported that the patrolman texted Riddle back and set up a time and location for their meeting. The patrolman and another officer met Riddle in a local park, where he was arrested after a passenger in his car told the officers Riddle was selling his prescription pills.

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Following a visit to a Martin County residence to revoke a probation, Martin County Sheriff’s officials found guns, thousands of rounds, military-grade body armor, and a police radio as well as 70 grams of meth in the home of a man arrested on Christmas Eve for resisting law enforcement. Indiana State Police arrested 34 year old Daniel Jackson, of Shoals, Wednesday morning after Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents and Master Trooper David Qualkenbush served a petition to revoke Jackson’s probation through Martin County on a charge of dealing cocaine. After knocking on the front door, Lents heard Qualkenbush yell from the back of the residence for a subject to stop running. Jackson had exited the back door of the house and was attempting to flee from troopers. Jackson stopped and surrendered a short time later. He was then taken into custody without incident. enforcement. Later that day, deputies from the Martin County Sheriff’s Department gained further intelligence of Jackson’s criminal actions. Martin County deputies, with the assistance of the Indiana State Police and Shoals Police Department, executed a search warrant at Jackson’s residence. During the search, officers located over 70 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, controlled substances, several thousand rounds of ammunition with several guns, military grade body armor, and a police radio. Jackson was further charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, maintaining a common nuisance and unlawful use of a police radio. Jackson is currently being held in the Martin County Jail without bond.

Jasper City Police arrested a Dubois County woman for battery and intimidation Christmas Day. 51 year old Susan Compton, of Jasper was arrested after officers were called to Compton’s residence at about 5:15 a.m. for the report of a battery in progress. According to Jasper police, they determined that Compton had allegedly battered another female and then made threatening gestures with a large kitchen knife. Police charged Compton with Level 5 felony intimidation with a deadly weapon and class A misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily harm. She was booked into the Dubois County Jail. Dubois County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the incident.

A driver and his passenger were injured in an accident Thursday that occurred when the driver swerved to miss two deer in the road and then went off the road and hit a utility pole. According to a Lawrence County Police Report, at around 7:01PM 19 year old Landon Anderson of Williams was traveling west on State Road 60 West, driving a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse.with the vehicle’s owner 37 year old Alicia Claffey of Mitchell as his passenger. Just after Anderson passed Thompson Lane, two deer ran into the road. Anderson swerved to miss the deer and then ran off the road to the south, striking a utility pole and damaging landscaping on property belonging to Randy Powell.  Anderson complained of eye pain and Claffey suffered a cut on the back of her head. Both refused medical attention. Anderson was cited for operating a vehicle without proof of financial responsibility.

Monday, December 23rd, 2014

Authorities have released further details regarding the death of a 17-month-old over the weekend in Jasper. According to authorities, the autopsy performed by Dr. Jeffery Springer, the Jefferson County, Ky., Medical Examiner, indicated Xavier Miller died from blunt force trauma to his head and the manner of death was ruled a homicide. 21 year old Charles Hopf was seen briefly in Dubois County Circuit Court this morning but his initial appearance has been held over until tomorrow . According to the Jasper Police Department, the investigation is ongoing at this time. Miller died early Saturday morning at Kosair Childrens Hospital in Louisville after he was flown from Jasper Memorial Hospital. Xavier Miller had been brought to the emergency room with life-threatening injuries early Saturday morning. Hopf had initially been charged with Level 3 felony aggravated battery. Charges against Charles Hopf have been upgraded to Level 1 felony aggravated battery causing the death of a child less than 14 years of age.

Dunham's Sports in Bedford will not reopen till February.
In a press release, Vice President of Advertising and Marketing John Oehler, released the following announcement: "Due to the unfortunate fire that happened on Friday, Dec. 12, the Bedford, Indiana, location at 1018 James Ave.will be closed until further notice. It was closed after a fire was set by 23-year-old Dustin Taylor of Heltonville. The fire was set behind the rear of the store near where the guns and ammunition are displayed in the store. Taylor was apprehended at the Bedford Wal-Mart after he was caught setting a fire in the restroom. Taylor was arrested without incident and no one was injured in either fire. Taylor is also facing two charges of theft from an earlier incident along with two counts of arson.

So far this winter, INDOT is salting less and enjoying it more
. Last winter‘s combination of record or near-record snowfall and persistent frigid temperatures meant INDOT used 50-percent more salt on the roadways than in a typical winter. That‘s resulted in a corresponding price markup of 57-percent as the state gets ready for this winter, because suppliers‘ inventory is still depleted.  

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Mitchell - Just before 9:30 am, an Indiana State Police Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a green Chevrolet S10 pickup truck for a traffic violation
. After initially refusing to stop, the driver led the Trooper to the Lehigh Cement Plant near Mitchell. Once the pickup stopped, the driver waited for the Trooper to walk up, when without warning, the driver attempted to run over the Trooper. The Trooper was not hit and proceeded to give chase to the pickup. The pickup truck was located shortly thereafter, unoccupied near the Lehigh Plant, off of Meridian Street just north of US60. Currently, the Indiana State Police along with local law enforcement are looking for two unidentified white males that had occupied the S10. The only description available is two white males, unkempt and unshaven. The Mitchell Schools were put on lockdown along with Lehigh, Contech and Steel-Tech.  The Indiana State Police at the Bloomington Post is asking for any information regarding this case. Please call (812) 332-4411. All tips will remain anonymous

PAOLI) - More details have been released in the attempted murder case of a West Baden Springs couples
. 20-year-old Tanner Stickney and 21-year-old Cody Lake, both of Bedford, have been charged with the crime that happened at the home of Robert and Donna Meehan on Dec. 4. 20-year-old Kenzi Cox, also of Bedford, stayed in the car while the men entered the home and robbed and stabbed the couple. The two men approached the couple and demanded their medications and money. During the altercation, 54-year-old Robert Meehan was stabbed in the abdomen and leg and 62-year-old Donna, who is Stickney's grandmother, was stabbed in the neck. The three were arrested after police attempted to stop their vehicle around 5 p.m. on Interstate 65, north of Columbus.  Lake told police he and Stickney planned the robbery and Stickney had taken knives "just in case." The two cut the phone lines and screen to the bathroom window. After entering the home they encountered Robert Meehan near the bathroom. Lake told police he saw blood and that Meehan kicked Stickney in the groin before running toward the back of the house. That is when Lake saw Donna attempting to call police. Lake told police he went toward her and made a swiping motion with his knife at Donna. The two men then fled. The three remained in the Shelby County jail as of Wednesday morning. It isn't known when they will be brought to Orange County for initial hearings

Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company to Purchase Mid-Southern Savings Bank, FSB Building in Paoli, Indiana. Mid-Southern Savings Bank, FSB and Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SVB&T  Corporation, have signed a definitive agreement (subject to regulatory approval) for the sale of Mid-Southern’s Paoli branch facility located at 867 N. Gospel Street. The sale is real estate only with no customer relationships, loans or deposits included. The sale is expected to be completed in early 2015 and all customers of Mid-Southern’s Paoli branch will receive advance notice of the closure of the Paoli branch per regulatory guidelines.  Mid-Southern Savings Bank President and CEO Kermit Lamb noted that after the sale is completed in early 2015, all current Mid-Southern Savings Bank customers who have been serviced out of Mid-Southern’s Paoli branch location will be serviced at Mid-Southern’s branch office located at 870 S. Maple Street in Orleans, Indiana.

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