Thursday, August 28th, 2014
This morning at approximately 11:45 a white male entered the Peoples Bank at 310 North Armstrong St. in Crothersville and robbed the bank of an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene on foot. The suspect is described as a white male, 5’8” to 6 feet tall, approximately 175 to 200 pounds wearing a “Mr. Rogers” T-shirt, camo shorts, camo ball cap, with short “buzzed” red hair. The suspect did not display a weapon. Approximately one hour prior to the Crothersville robbery, the Centra Credit Union located on South Jackson Park Drive in Seymour was also robbed. The description of the suspect in the Seymour robbery matches that of the suspect in the Crothersville robbery with the exception of the Mr. Rogers T-shirt. The suspect in the Seymour robbery was described as wearing a blue plaid, collared shirt however investigators from the state police and Seymour Police Department believe the same suspect robbed both banks. This is the only information available at this time. More information will be released as it becomes available. Inquiries regarding the Seymour robbery should be directed to the Seymour Police Department. Anyone with information regarding either robbery is urged to contact either the Indiana State Police at 800-566-6704 (in Indiana only) or 812-689-5000 or Seymour Police Department at 812-522-1234.
Sheriffs officials in Lawrence County are investigating the theft of air conditioning parts from the Gulletts Creek Baptist Church. According to the Sheriffs Department in Lawrence County, deputies were called to the church in the 1500 block of Trogdon Lane Tuesday afternoon at 2:40 p.m.. Taken was the fan, wiring, breaker box and some tubing. Anyone with information about the theft or who saw anything suspicious in the area is asked to call the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.
The Virgil I. Grissom Boyhood Home in Mitchell will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The house, where Grissom lived from age 2 through his high school years, offers a glimpse into what Grissom's formative years were like. The home is furnished with some Grissom family pieces as well as other period furnishings. The Grissom Boyhood Home is on Grissom Ave., between Seventh and Eighth streets. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
On August 13th, Washington County Sheriff Claude Combs while traveling in a 2011 Chevy Tahoe, a police vehicle, on Hwy 60, suffered a medical issue causing him to lose control of the vehicle causing it to rollover several times. Combs, who was wearing a set belt was taken to the St. Vincent Hospital in Salem and hospitalized. In days prior he had been seeing a doctor concerning a high fever.. Combs stated he became progressively more ill and lost consciousness while driving. His symptoms so closely matched those of a viral infection that doctors treated him for that over the past weeks. But the medicines he was given weren't strong enough. Doctors since have contributed the illness to a tick bite and placed the Sheriff on strong antibiotics that he's hopeful will eliminate his fever, lack of appetite and other symptoms. .In Evansville, A former Harrison High School teacher has been found not guilty of deviate conduct. 27 year old Jordan McGuire was accused of giving alcohol to an 18 year old male and performing a sex act on him against his will in January of 2012. The victim, when questioned by McGuire’s attrorney could not remember the incident of if he consented. The jury deliberated only 15 minutes.
A new Sheriff has been named in Clark County after the death Monday night of interim Deputy Sheriff John Kahafer. Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden has appointed Lt. Col. Brian Meyer to the position of Chief Deputy of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Rpddem jas beem on an administrative leave of absence after he was indicted on criminal charges involving a prostitute in July. He had appointed John Kahafer as interim Sheriff. Kahafer was found unconscious in his Jeffersonville home by his wife a week ago
Monday, August 25th, 2014
A Dubois County farmer was found after several hours of searching by local authorities. According to sheriffs authorities in Dubois County, they were alerted by a call from family members of the farmer 51 year Steve L. Noble of Haysville had last seen walking into the woods near his home at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and last seen with a shotgun. The family assumed he was going squirrel hunting but after he had not returned that evening, they called police. Search efforts began with Indiana Conservation Officers and the Haysville Volunteer Fire Department around 9PM. The group searched a 20-40 acre wooded area just south of Haysville for over three hours but search efforts were called off shortly before 1 a.m. Authorities had planned on starting up again at daylight with a second search party, however, Noble was reported to have returned to his home of his own accord at about 6:30 a.m.
A fire at a Williams home was contained to one room of a house that caught fire Saturday morning. According to firefighter reports, the house, which was unoccupied, is at the corner of Hammersly Lane and Robbins Lane and the Williams Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at at 6:41 a.m. Kyle Knight, chief of the Williams VFD, said the cause of the fire is unknown, pending investigation by the State Fire Marshal. The homeowner was not at the scene and firefighters are unsure of the homeowner’s name.Five trucks and 12 firefighters responded to the fire. The Huron and Indian Creek VFDs were called to assist the Williams department.
The Orange County Community Foundation Youth Council (OCCFYC) has begun accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year. The Youth Council is open to all Orange County students in grades 8-12. Interested students should ask their school office for applications or visit the OCCF website at www.orangecountycommunityfoundation.org. The Youth Council works to empower the youth of the Orange County community by helping them better understand the philanthropic process through the fundamentals of giving. Questions about the Youth Council should be addressed to OCCF Communications and Program Associate Kelsey Roach at 812-723-4150 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, August 22, 2014
At 11:12 Thursday morning, Dubois Volunteer Firefighters were called to the report of a barn on fire at Skyview Farms, 2963 E 725 N. The farm raises layer hens for Wabash Valley Produce in Dubois, who also owns the farm. The barn, which was about 50 ft by 500 ft, was used to store manure from the two barns that were about 100 ft to each side of it. The barn to the south was full of birds. None of the chickens in the building were harmed in the incident. There were three trucks with 27 firemen from Dubois, three trucks with 12 firemen from Haysville, 2 firemen with one tanker from Celestine, 4 firemen with one tanker from Lost River Township, one tanker with four firemen from Madison Township, and one tanker from Orange County Rural wtih 2 firemen. Assistance also came from Simple Transport out of Dubois with two semi tankers responding to the scene. Knies Construction arrived on scene with a trackhoe to help tear what was left of the building. Memorial Hospital Ambulance Service was on scene as well and assisted in cooling firefighters off. Units were on the scene for about five hours and fifteen minutes. The cause of the fire was most likey spontaneous combustion of the manure inside the building. The structure was an entire loss. There were no injuries during the incident.
Due to the very high heat and humidity, the Orange County Historical Societys Lindley House ice cream social for Sunday Afternoon has been cancelled. The heat index is forecast to be about 110.
Thursday, August 22nd, 2014
Three adults and three juveniles are facing charges in connection with the recent string of church burglaries, here in Orange County. 19 year old Matthew Scott Arnold, 20 year old Joshua James key and 18 year old Chelsea Denny, all of paoli were charged with 4 counts each of Level 5 felony burglary. Information on the juveniles charged was not available. The OC Sheriffs department received information that led to the arrests, on August 8th. An initiakl hearing was held for key and Arnold on August 14th in the OC Circuit Court. Their bond was set at 5000 dollars each. Denny's initial hearing is scheduled for August 25th. The break ins were reported between July 19th and 21st at the Old Union Church, Liberty Church, Valeene Church and the Stampers Creek Primitive Bapt church.
Following customer complaints that some of their mail had been tampered with and some of the contents had been taken, a Mitchell woman was arrested. Special Agents from the United State Postal Service, Lawrence County and Mitchell Police officers went to the post office in Mitchell 3:46 p.m Tuesday. Police arrested 52-year-old Beth Dumond of Mitchell on charges of theft and official misconduct. In May, USPS OIG Special Agents from the Indianapolis Resident Office began receiving complaints from Postal Service customers located in and around Mitchell. Special agents began lookingat the affected mail routes and soon focused their investigative efforts on letter carrier Dumond. Utilizing various investigative techniques, the special agents followed Dumond on her assigned route and determined that the carrier opened (without authorization) several pieces of mail during the delivery sequence. Postal authorities say additional criminal charges may arise from the investigation. She posted 755 dollars cash bond on Wednesday morning.
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
Sullivan County had the highest unemployment rate in Indiana in July at 7.9%. Dubois County had the lowest at 3.9%. Lawrence County ranked 9th highest in unemployment at 7.1%. Crawford County in July at 6.6% while Washington County posted 6.1%. Orange County unemployment in July was the 35th highest at 6% even, Martin County boasted only a 4.4% unemployment rate. Statewide average unemployment for July was 5.4%.
Indiana has 46 brand new state troopers. Sgt. Noel Houze says they received their vehicles and final commissions Monday. This after graduating from the 73d State Police Recruit Academy in May. They are now “Solo” patrol officers and are spread across the state.
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014A Bedford man was injured in a head-on crash Monday morning on Hwy 50 east of Bedford. 28 year old Timothy Pal Gothra of Medora was driving a 2007 Saturn west on 50 when he attempted to pass a semi truck . In doing so, he pulled into the path and struck head-on
Police have released the name of a Salem man killed last Thursday in a crash on 60 East. 27 year old Brian Schuler, was killed in an Ford F-150 pickup after if crashed and burned. The driver of the pickup, 27 year old Andrew Stingel was flown to U of L Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The American Red Cross is under “Urgent Appeal” for blood donations. It takes only a few minutes to save a life. Wed need and appreciate everyone who donates.. A blood drive will be held Wednesday, August 20th, from 8:30am to 1:30pm at Springs Valley High School. Give the gift of life, give blood.
Monday, August 18th, 2014
A Lawrence County Huron woman was uninjured in one car accident this morning on US 50 west in Lawrence County. According to police reports, 50-year-old Leeann Walls of Huron was traveling west at approximately 50 to 52 miles-per-hour on U.S. 50 West, near Watson Merry Road when she says a deer ran from the north side of the highway into the path of her Jimmy early this morning. Walls told police she swerved to miss the deer and ran off the north side of the highway and went about 210 feet before colliding with a guardrail. After hitting the guard rail, the vehicle spun around and Walls continued to travel west for about 81 feet and at some point crossed over into the oncoming lane of traffic of US 50. She then drove off the south side of the roadway and drove through a yard in the 5300 block of U.S. 50 West and collided into a wooden fence owned by Carl Lee. Walls continued traveling through the yard colliding with a bush and then a building, also owned by Lee, where the vehicle stopped. Walls was not injured, but was checked out at the scene by a Seals ambulance crew and first responders from Huron Volunteer Fire Department.
Police have released the name of a Salem man killed last Thursday in a one-vehicle crash on State Road 60 East. 27 year old Brian Schuler, of Salem, was killed when a Ford F-150 crashed and caught fire in a accident near Powers Road on State Road 60. According to Washington County Coroner Rondale Brishaber, Schuler died from injuries in the accident. Schuler was a occupant in Ford F150 driven by 27 year old Andrew Stingel who was also injured and was flown to U of L hospital where he remains with non-life threatening injuries. The pickup was registered to Amtek Signs in Salem. Police are not sure who was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident and the investigation is continuing.
A Bedford man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he plead guilty to dealing meth. According to court records, Lawrence County I Judge Michael Robbins sentenced Kalib McPike to 10 years in prison and suspended four of those 10 years. McPike will serve those years on supervised probation. McPike will also participate in the Lawrence County Drug Court.McPike and 22-year-old Cecily Conn were arrested for dealing meth after the vehicle McPike was driving was pulled over for running a stop sign at Ind. 37 and Art Gallery Road in May. They were both arrested on charges of dealing meth with a firearm, two charges of dealing meth, possession of more than 3 grams of meth, possession of meth with a firearm, two charges of maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia and possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana. Following a motion filed by the prosecutor's office on July 30, the court dismissed all charges against McPike except one count of dealing in meth in exchange for the plea agreement. Prosecutors have also offered Conn a plea deal. All the charges were dropped against her except dealing in meth and she is scheduled to be sentenced on September 3 by Judge Robbins at 9 a.m.
Friday, August 15th, 2014
Attempted murder charges have been filed against the man suspected of an unprovoked knife attack in Bloomfield on Sunday night. Thursday morning, the Greene County Prosecutor's Office filed a criminal case against 23 year old Michael Miller in Greene Circuit Court which including a preliminary charge of attempted murder, a Level 1 felony, as well as aggravated battery, a Level 3 felony. According to a probable cause affidavit prepared by Deputy Town Marshal Marvin Holt, Miller, of Bloomfield, allegedly admitted to the attack during an interview and told the officer that he knew what he did was against the law. Miller was arrested by Bloomfield Town Marshal Ken Tharp just before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Miller and was held on a preliminary charge of aggravated battery.
A family in Jackson County has lost everything following a fire that burned their log cabin home. Robert and Terri Reynolds and their high school-aged children were not at home located in Grassy Fork Township at 6199 E. County Road 700S in Jackson County. The family also lost their family dog, a Chihuahua named Mickey and two rescue kittens.
Following a traffic stop in Bloomfield, a man wanted on felony warrants both in Lawrence County, and in Kentucky took off running. According to Bloomfield Deputy Marshals they gave chase and were able to apprehend 31-year-old Thomas Shaffer III, of Terre Haute. Bloomfield Deputy Bowers, who was off-duty, spotted Shaffer around 5:20 p.m. Wednesday and knew he was wanted on a warrant. Bower called for backup and Deputy Allor attempted to stop Shaffer on a traffic violation in the area of State Roads 54 and 57 west of Bloomfield. After Shaffer stopped, and officers were in the process of checking on the status of warrants, Shaffer took off on foot. Both officers followed. They caught up with Shaffer and ordered him to stop or he would be tased. Shaffer ignored the warning and Deputy Allor deployed his taser. Shaffer was arrested and taken to the Greene County Jail. In addition to the two warrants Shaffer is now facing additional charges of resisting arrest and criminal mischief.
Thursday, August 14th, 2014
Wednesday at approximately 2:44 pm, 65 year old Claude C. Combs, Sheriff of Washington County, crashed his department issued vehicle.
The preliminary investigation revealed Sheriff Combs was travelling west on State Road 60 in rural Washington County, when just west of Henderson Park Road, he experienced a medical issue. His issued vehicle, a black 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe, travelled across the east bound lanes, off of the roadway, striking a ditch and flipping several times before coming to rest. Sheriff Combs was transported via ground ambulance to the St Vincent Hospital in Salem with non-life threatening injuries.
Sheriff Combs was wearing his seat belt.
The Orange County Delinquent Property Tax Sale will take place at 10AM on September 25th. The tax sale will beh eld at the County Office Building located at 205 E Main Street in Paoli.The list of properties on the delinquent property tax sale list are published in the Olreans Progress Examiner and Paoli News Republican.
A Martin County woman was injured after a two-vehicle collision at John Williams Boulevard and Williams Park Drive Wednesday night. According to a Bedford Police report, 23-year-old Shelby Sorrells, of Loogootee, was stopped on John Williams Boulevard and was to turn right onto Willams Park Drive when her 2008 Ford was struck in the rear by a 2009 Chrysler driven by 51-year-old Karen Larson, of Bedford. Sorrells complained of head pain. Lawson was not injured.
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014The federal government expects Indiana and the nation to grow bumper crops of corn and soybeans for the second consecutive year. Indiana farmers are on track to harvest 1.04 billion bushels of corn - a record for the second year in a row - surpassing 1.03 billion last year. Nationwide, farmers are projected to produce 14 billion bushels, eclipsing the previous record of 13.9 billion, also of last year. Indiana's soybean crop could reach 279.9 million bushels - third-largest for the state - compared with 264.7 million last year. Farmers nationwide could produce a record 3.82 billion bushels, up from last year's 3.29 billon. . Overall good weather across the nation has provided just about ideal growing conditions.
Bloomington based Monroe Hospital filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Spokesman Joe Roche says this follows a long period of financial troubles for the facility that employs about 300
people. Roche says the facility is currently managed by Prime Healthcare of Ontario, Canada.
Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
Two Lawrence County residents were arrested in connection with a burglary at National Gypsum in Martin County. According to the Martin County Sheriff’s Department, the burglary was reported around 8am Monday morning. After in investigation conducted by the Sheriff Department and Indiana State Police, 30 year old Justin R. Tolbert of Williams and 45 year old Sonya M. Lagel of Bedford were arrested. Tolbert was charged with burglary and obstruction of justice. Lagel was charged with burglary. Both were booked into the Martin County Jail. The crime is under investigation.
Indiana now has more people without health insurance then all of our neighboring states. The rate remains unchanged from a year ago. Indiana’s rate fell less than every state around it’s borders.. Only Ohio joined Indiana in deciding to not expand Medicaid coverage as part of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act
An important statistic to remember as Indiana kids are back in School: 1 in 4 kids will be bullied and 1 in 20 will drop out because of bullying. Social Health Association is launching the “StepUp for Kindness Initiative” in central Indiana. The program will provide four hours of bully-free education. The program could be expanded throughout the state
Monday, August 11, 2014
Indiana State Police arrested several people and recovered numerous drugs after a traffic stop in Brown County last Thursday afternoon. Just before 4 p.m. ISP Trooper Chris Griggs stopped a car for a traffic violation on State Road 46 just East of Nashville. During the course of the stop, Trooper Griggs asked Nashville police officer Tim True have his K-9 Biker search the vehicle. Biker alerted police to possible drugs in the vehicle. Police then seized more than 30 grams of marijuana, heroin, drug paraphernalia, Alprazolam (Xanax) tablets and over 100 grams of psilocybin mushrooms. Arrested were 24-year-old Molly B. Bilsky of Memphis TN and 18-year-old Dale Curtis Spangler-Hall on charges of possession of Schedule I controlled substance, possession of marijuana over 30 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. 27-year-old Matthew Scott Michael of Bloomington was arrested on charges of dealing marijuana over 30 grams, possession of Schedule IV controlled substance, possession of Schedule I controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. 26-year-old Conrad Andrew Spangler-Hall of Bloomington was arrested on charges of dealing in a Schedule I controlled substance, possession of marijuana over 30 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and he was wanted on a warrant in Monroe County. All were taken to the Brown County Jail.
A Patoka man has been charged with theft after he allegedly stole property from CSX Railroad. Sheriffs Deputies in Gibson County received a report around 8:50 a.m. Sunday morning of a truck that was backing up to railroad tracks near the intersection of Elizabeth and Town Hall Streets in Patoka. After arriving they found 51-year-old Richard Dillon loading railroad material into the bed of his truck. Deputies then took Dillon to the Gibson County Jail and charged him with theft.
Two brothers were apprehended by Jasper police after a short vehicular pursuit through Jasper Saturday evening. The pursuit began when an officer attempted to stop a 1988 Ford F-150 that was westbound on 15th Street at about 8:45 p.m. after observing the truck speeding and neither occupant wearing a seatbelt. When the officer turned his vehicle around to initiate the stop, the truck fled at a high rate of speed west on 15th before turning north on Cherry Street. The truck continued to accelerate and ran through the intersection of Cathy Lane and Kellerville Road at about 75 mph, according to the officer. The truck pulled into the parking lot of Ditto Sales and drove to the rear of the building with the officer following. Once the truck was at the back of the building, the two occupants, later identified as 46 year old John L. Rogers Jr., and 51 year old Danny L. Rogers, 5both of Jasper exited the vehicle and fled on foot in opposite directions. Danny L. Rogers, the driver was soon captured place under arrest. A Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputy located and arrested J0hn Rogers a short time later in a field adjacent to Ditto Sales. Both were transported to Memorial Hospital. Danny L. Rogers’ blood alcohol content was determined to be .145 percent. John L. Rogers had complained of rib pain and was medically cleared before being booked into the Dubois County Jail.
August 8th, 2014 The Martin County Sheriff's Department is investigating a break in that occurred at Chastain's Flowers & Gifts on Main Street in Shoals. Police say the break in was reported at 10:20 a.m. Thursday and although there was nothing taken, the inside of the business was ransacked. The incident is under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Martin County Sheriff's Department.
A Jackson County man is dead and another injured after a two-vehicle crash at County Road 400 East and 550 North, just south of Cortland. Officers were called to the crash at 7:46 a.m. Thursday. According to a police report, 18 -year-old Garrett Lee Fields of Seymour, was driving a Dodge truck west on County Road 550 North in Jackson County. 63-year-old Lee S. Ertel of Seymour was driving a Chevrolet utility pickup south on County Road 400 East when they collided. Ertel was trapped in his vehicle and was freed by Hamilton Township Volunteer Fire Department and Jackson County EMS personnel and then was taken to the fire department just north of Cortland, where a landing zone had been set up by firefighters. He was stat flighted to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where he was pronounced dead of his injuries. Fields, who police say was out of the vehicle when they arrived, was taken from the scene to the helipad at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour by Jackson County EMS after complaining of pelvic pain. LifeLine Helicopter Service transported him to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Police say the cause of the wreck remains under investigation.
Thursday, August 7th, 2014
A Huntingburg man was arrested late Wednesday night after he led Troopers on a pursuit through two counties. Around 10:53 P.M., Trooper Andrew Beaver was patrolling US 231 near County Road 200 South, south of Loogootee, when he observed a southbound motorcycle at what appeared to be a high rate of speed. Trooper Beaver activated his radar, which indicated the motorcycle was traveling 71 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. Trooper Beaver activated his emergency lights and siren in attempt to initiate a traffic stop; however, the motorcycle accelerated, attempting to flee. The motorcycle continued south, with speeds reaching as high as 115 miles per hour. After crossing into Dubois County and through Haysville, the pursuit was terminated. Trooper Beaver contacted the Jasper Police Department to observe for the motorcycle. At approximately 11:00 P.M., Jasper Police located the motorcycle southbound into Jasper, still in excess of 100 miles per hour, and continued the pursuit. The motorcycle turned west on 36th Street, and continued for less than a mile before stopping behind a residence at 1146 West 36th Street. Jasper Police placed the driver and passenger in custody until Trooper Beaver arrived. The driver, 21 year old James Schepers of Huntingburg, was transported to the Martin County Jail by Indiana State Police for Resisting Law Enforcement, Criminal Recklessness, and Reckless Driving. The female passenger on the motorcycle was released without charges. Charges against Schepers in Dubois County may be pending as a result of the incident The Indiana State Police was assisted bythe Jasper asper Police and the Dubois County Sheriff’s Departments.
Starting on or after Monday, Indiana Department of Transportation traffic crews will install a new left-turn signal at the north junction of State Road 37 and State Road 60 ( Main Street). The signal will provide a flashing yellow arrow for S.R. 37 traffic turning left onto Main Street. The flashing yellow arrow will allow left-turning traffic to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. National research has shown that the flashing yellow signal is more intuitive for drivers, results in fewer crashes and moves traffic more efficiently at an intersection. The signals are being introduced nationwide and have been adopted by most states. INDOT installed the first flashing yellow arrow signals in Indiana last year and plans to replace most of its five-section or "doghouse" left-turn signals with the new four-section signals featuring a flashing yellow arrow.
Two were injured following a two-vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of Fifth and J streets Wednesday. According to a Bedford Police report, at around 5:11PM, 47-year-old Angela Johnson was driving a 2011 Toyota Camry east on Fifth Street and was approaching J Street when a 2007 Subaru Impreza pulled into the path of her vehicle. The impact caused Johnson's vehicle to be pushed into a fire hydrant on the northwest side of the road. Johnson then told police that the vehicle that hit her was traveling north on J Street, which is the wrong way on the one-way street and there was nothing she could do to avoid the collision. 50-year-old Scott Hewitt of Bloomfield, who was traveling north on J Street, told police he didn't see Johnson's vehicle. Several witnesses told police Hewitt was traveling in the wrong direction on the one-way street and traveling at a high-rate of speed just before the collision and did not slow down or stop but continued to cross Fifth Street in front of Johnson's Subaru. Hewitt was not injured, but Johnson complained of hip and pelvis pain and her 12-year-old passenger complained of head pain.
Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
A 21 year old former Paoli resident was killed in a Trimble county Kentucky crash Monday morning. Jennifer Lundergan, who was living in Huntingburg was traveling near Milton, Kentucky on Hwy 36 when she attempted to pass another vehicle in foggy conditions and crashed head-on with another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle was treated at a local hospital for non life threatening injuries. Lundergan was pronounced dead at the scene. She was a 2012 graduate of Paoli High School.
An elderly farmer was rescued from a grain bin Monday evening near Worthington. Rescue crews were called to the grain bin around 5 p.m. Monday after 81-year-old Bill White became entrapped in the grain. Farmhands and personnel from Switz City were able to rescue White. They then called 911 and an AirEvac helicopter was notified. The men started placing plywood around White to protect him and so they could distribute their weight across the grain as they worked to free their father. Once additional rescue personnel arrived on the scene, they used a grain bin rescue tube, which works like a vacuum to remove the grain. The piece of equipment was purchased by Pioneer and donated to the fire department several years ago.
Indiana is saluting 55 family farms which have stayed in operation through multiple generations. Twice a year, Indiana presents "Hoosier Homestead" awards to farms which have worked the land for 100 years or more. The honorees this time include two farms in Gibson and Clark Counties which have operated for 200 years, making them older than the state itself.
Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
The Orange County Sheriff’s Dept has released their statistics for the month of July. Last month, the Dept served a total of 248 court papers: issued 49 traffic tickets: gave out 91 traffic warnings: performed 272 public service duties, 371 courtesy checks, investigated 35 traffic accidents, 33 crimes and 13 incidents. The top crimes in the county for the month were: Failure to Appear with 13 charges filed and theft with 9 charges filed.
Indiana Dept of Transportation contractors are shifting US 150 traffic onto new pavement ths week as part of the re-hab project west of Paoli. US 150 will remain open except for temporary closures of one lane with flaggers. Crews also plan to close CR 225 W/Indian Boundry road north of US 150 for about one month beginning this Thursday.Indianapolis, IN - Aug. 5, 2014 - Yesterday, for the first time since March 12, the national average price for unleaded gasoline dropped below $3.50 per gallon ($3.4997). Today's national average is $3.490. These numbers mark the lowest overall gas price average for early August since 2010. The national average has fallen for 38 of the last 39 days and has dropped 18 cents per gallon during that time. Today's price is three cents less than it was one week ago, 17 cents below the price one month ago and 12 cents under the cost of gas Aug. 5, 2013.The average price of regular unleaded gas in Indiana currently stands at $3.418 which is 22 cents less than what it was one year ago today, according to AAA Hoosier Motor Club. The retail price of gas per gallon fell in 40 states and Washington, D.C. during the last week
Thursday, July 31st, 2014
The remains of a missing Orange County woman have been recovered in Shelbyville and her boyfriend has been arrested and charged with her murder. 46-year-old Scott Wayne Schuck has been charged with the voluntary manslaughter of Rebecca Cassidy, who disappeared on April 10, 2010. Schuck was being held without bond. He is cooperating with police but says he had nothing to do with Cassidy's disappearance. Shelbyville Police Chief Keith England says officers discovered what they believe to be human remains near Schuck's home. Cassidy's mother, brother and sister-in-law are saddened but have a sense of relief now that they have closure.
An Orange County teen was arredted early Sunday in connection with a string of incidents that included auto theft and arson. The 15 year old juvenile of orleans was booked into the Jackson County Juvenile Detention center Monday evening. He was picked up by police along with another juvenile male in the early morning hours along Noe Road. The other teen was released to the custody of his parents. The 15 year old is accused of stealing his mothers boyfriends 1999 Chevy Blazer in Orange County on Friday. Around 5:54PM Frfiday, the stolen Blazer was found in the parking lot of the Woodville Baptist Church north of Mitchell. A 2013 Chevy Equinox belonging to Kyle Abel was stolen sometime Friday night or Saturday morning from a residence located in the 800 block of Wesley Chapel Road. The Equinox was on fire around 11:30PM Saturday night in Lawrenceport. The Lawrence County Sheriffs Department received a report at 2:31AM Sunday morning reporting 2 males in a cornfield and reports of a woman screaming along Noe Road. No woman was found. The 15 year old was arrested first on auto theft and arson charges by the Lawrence County Sheriffs department, then released. He was then arrested and charged with auto theft by the OC Sheriffs Department. The 15 year old was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center in Jackson County on Monday evening. A court hearing will decide if he will be waived into adult court to face Felony charges.
Officers arrested a Lawrence County man Saturday after two women said he kept them locked in a bathroom and threatened them with a pocketknife. Lawrence County Police arrested 42 year old Adam “Todd” England, and he was booked into the Lawrence County Jail at 2:50 a.m. for resisting arrest by force, Class A misdemeanor; criminal confinement with a deadly weapon, Level 3 felony; and two counts of intimidation, Level 5 felony. According to Mitchell Police at 2:05 a.m. Saturday, they received a 911 call from the 300 block of Dean Street from a caller who then hung up. Three hours earlier, police visited the same home to arrest England on an active warrant for petition to revoke probation, but no one answered the door, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Lawrence Superior Court II. When officers responded to the 911 call, a woman was outside the home. She told officers when they came earlier in the day to arrest England on the warrant, he made her and her daughter go into the bathroom. He blocked the back door with a stick. If he’s found to be guilty of criminal confinement, a Level 3 felony, England can face three to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Wednesday July 30th 2014
There will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive Sunday at the Paoli Walmart from 10 AM to 3 PM in the air conditioned bus. There is an "Urgent Appeal" and the goal is 25 good units. Each Unit helps save 3 lives. All blood types are welcome.
More than 200 immigrant children in the country's overcrowded system are in Indina, but Governor Pence has some questions. Calling it a "conundrum" Pence is sending a letter to the president asking some fundamental questions about the immigrant children. As of July 7th, Pence says 255 immigrant kids were brought into Indiana, though, the governor indicates that the state's Department of Homeland security had no idea about the kids.
The Indiana Railroad Company has released video taken from the conductors perspective on a train that ran over two women on a railway bridge in Monroe County. The incident happended on the morning of July 10th as the train was headed northeast. Officials say the women were trespassing on the 80-foot tall bridge. The engineer hit the brakes and sounded the horn but the women were not able to escape. They were not harmed and left in a car after the train passed the bridge. The women have been identified and may face charges.
Monday, July 28th, 2014
A Marengo man was arrested in connection with the Tuesday morning robbery of Hardinsburg Branch of First Harrison Bank. Orville James Morris was arrested and charged with bank robbery. He is being held at the Washington County Jail His bond was set at $25,000. According to Washington County Sheriffs Department, Morris entered the bank wearing a disguise, including a white wig and zippered hoodie and demanded money from the teller after telling her he was armed with a weapon.Police say Morris never displayed a weapon. After receiving the cash, Morris then fled. According to police after gathering evidence at the scene and from witnesses, police were able to secure a search warrant and arrested Morris at his home in Marengo.
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the death of an Ohio man that occurred July 27th at approximately 4:10 p.m. at Cataract Falls State Recreation Area in Owen County. Indiana Conservation Officers advise that 67 year old Paul Domonic DiBlasis, of Galloway, Ohio died as a result of his injuries. DiBlasis was visiting the falls with his girlfriend at the time of the accident. According to witness accounts, he had stumbled and fallen over a cliff near the falls and fell approximately 26 feet and landed partially in the water. DiBlasis was removed from the water and assisted by other visitors at the falls until medical units responded. Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted at the scene by Owen County Rescue, Cataract Fire Department and the Owen County Sheriff’s Department.
Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) contractors Crider & Crider Inc. this week restricted State Road 37 to one lane in each direction between Fullerton Pike and Dillman Road. Southbound S.R. 37 traffic is shifted across the median to share the northbound lanes for construction of a new interchange that will connect the new Interstate 69 alignment with the existing S.R. 37 corridor. As a result of the restrictions, no left turn movements are allowed at the Rockport Road and That Road intersections. Traffic may still turn right into or out of S.R. 37 at these intersections. S.R. 37 traffic will continue to be shifted and restricted until new interchange ramps open to traffic. A "trumpet" interchange design will give priority to I-69 through traffic while providing high-speed ramps for merging and diverging through traffic on S.R. 37.
Friday, July 25th, 2014
Children playing on a sandbar on the West Fork of White River found a human skull Sunday evening in Daviess County. The children's parents notifed the Sheriff's Department. An investigation by the Sheriff and Coroner's Office found the skull to be very old, possibly native American. The IU Anthropology Department is assisting in the case. A Jeffersonville man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on child pornography charges. 32 year old George Thornton was arrested in 2011 after peeping in the windows of a home occupied by a young boy. Police later searched his home and found pictures on the computer of child pornographic images.
The Indiana State Fair says elephant rides will be offered to fairgoers, despite protest from animal rights activist. Fair officials say the rides are heavy regulated and the elephants will be treated well.
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
The Orange County Sheriffs Department is investigating a string of church burglaries that have occurred since July 18th. According to Chief deputy Josh Babcock, churches that have been burglarized include Old Union, Liberty, Valeene Christian and Stampers Creek Churches. The most recent burglary occurred at Stampers Creek and the suspects said they would not be caught and signed it the Church Bandis. Babcock is urging everyone to keep an eye on their surroundings and the churches and anyone who see something suspicious is urged to call the Sheriffs Department at 723-2417.
The First Harrison Bank in Hardinsburg was robbed Tuesday morning at approximately 9AM. According to a Washington County Sheriffs Report, one white adult male entered the bank at approximately 9AM and asked the teller for money and allegedly told the teller he had a weapon but no gun was displayed. Officers recovered items at the scene that could have belonged to the suspect. The description of the suspect from from witnesses describe him as a white male wearing a zippered hoodie with a scruffy goatee. and appeared to be in his early 20s. Anyone with information on the robbery is urged to call the Washington County Sheriffs Department.
Monday, July 21st, 2014
A West Baden man died as a result of his injuries sustained this morning during a rollover crash on State Road 56. At approximately 7:20 A.M., 28 year old Gared Blake Allen, of West Baden, was traveling eastbound on State Road 56 in a red 2000 Sterling dump truck when for an unknown reason, Allen drove off the south edge of the roadway on French Lick Hill and was unable to steer the truck back onto the road. This caused the vehicle to slide down a ditch line, overturn, and strike a tree. Allen was pronounced dead at the scene by the Orange County Coroner’s Office. The truck was partially loaded with soil, which spilled into the ditch line. Allen was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. State Road 56 was closed for a while following the crash. Indiana State Police were assisted on scene by the French Lick Police and Fire Departments, Orange County Coroner, Orange County Rural Fire Department, and IU Health EMS.
Just after 2:00 PM Saturday afternoon, the Greene County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call reporting David Lamm, age 54 of Solsberry had been murdered at his residence. ISP Detectives located the body of David Lamm at his home in the 8700 block of Ingram Road near Newark. ISP were looking for Jason and Kevin Caldwell, as suspects in the case. Both have now been apprehended. Sunday Evening 41 year old Kevin Caldwell was apprehended and earlier this morning, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department took Jason Lee Caldwell into custody. Both men were wanted on warrant out of Greene County on unrelated charges.