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Friday, May 18th, 2018

A Lawrence County woman complained of neck pain and required immediate medical attention following a two-vehicle accident Thursday. According to An accident report by the Bedford Police Department at around 7:37 a.m, 59 year old Rhonda Guy, of Mitchellwas northbound on M Street, driving a 2013 Ford FSE and was beginning to cross when the light turned green. 18 year old Chad Baxter, of Bedford was traveling east on U.S. 50, driving a 1994 Ford F150 pickup. Baxter disregarded the red light and entered the intersection, striking Guy’s vehicle on the front driver side. Guy was transported by ambulance to a local Bedford hospital.

Lawrence County Police arrested a boy Thursday evening after he was accused of theft and firing a gun.
According to a police report, at 5:49 p.m., police responded to a report of burglary in the 8900 block of Williams Road. Shortly before, a person had reported a male juvenile fired a gun to prove he had one in the Williams area, then told police the boy’s girlfriend said he shot himself in the foot. The juvenile then ran away and a Indiana State Police helicopter was called to the scene. Later, a woman reported to police that the boy fired a gunshot in the 1100 block of Ridge Road. Police also said he was armed with a knife. The boy eventually returned to his home in the 400 block of Williams-Silverville Road. Police then went to the home and arrested him. No other details were available


Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson has issued a cease and desist to H Auto in Bloomington for selling cars without a license and illegally issuing interim license plates.
Consumers should not do business with H Auto. They are not licensed to sell cars or do business in the state of Indiana. The Secretary of State's office was first alerted to the situation through consumer complaints. H Auto has been advertising in English and Chinese. It is alleged that they may be targeting Chinese students at Indiana University. The advertisements encourage potential clients to make an appointment because H Auto does business by appointment only. They will not do walk-in business as is typical with most dealerships. The consumers who have notified the Secretary of State's office of issues with H Auto allege they were sold cars with fake New Jersey license plates. Other complainants allege H Auto took their money but they never got a title for the vehicle they purchased.They Secretary of State's office and the Bloomington Police are currently investigating the matter. Any consumers who believe they have been victimized by H Auto are urged to contact the Secretary of State's office at 317-234-7190.

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

A Lawrence County man was arrested on a methamphetamine charge Tuesday night. According to police reports, At 11:51 p.m., Mitchell Police Department officers responded to State Road 60 East and State Road 37 for a report of man walking back and forth between McDonald’s and Wendy’s. Police then located a man fitting his description and identified him as 30 year old Justin Bowden of Mitchell. They noticed he threw something into the grass, then placed him in handcuffs, and then located a small plastic baggie. The baggie contained 2.85 grams of meth. Bowden was booked into the Lawrence County jail with no bond set.

A western Indiana man has been sentenced to 90 years in prison after being convicted of setting fires that destroyed one covered bridge and damaged another. Jesse Payne was sentenced Monday, a month after a Parke County jury found him guilty but mentally ill on three counts of arson. Authorities say Payne set fires that burned down the Jeffries Ford Bridge in 2002 and damaged the Bridgeton Covered Bridge in 2005. He also tried to set fire to the Mansfield Covered Bridge in 2005. Payne was found incompetent to stand trial after he was arrested following the Bridgeton Covered Bridge fire. He was found competent to stand trial last year after receiving several years of treatment at the Logansport State Hospital.

A train collided with a Cave Quarry dump truck on County Road 400W in Dubois County this/Thursday afternoon. Indiana State Police are investigating the incident that resulted in the male driver of the dump truck being injured. He was taken to Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville by helicopter. Police did not have information regarding the extent of his injuries. The City of Huntingburg announced the following road closures while the investigation was being conducted by state police; Styline Drive, Chestnut Street and CR 400W.

Monday, May 14th, 2018

A Louisville, KY. man died in a crash Sunday in Washington County.
According to Indiana State Police, the accident happened on US Highway 150 and Sinking Creek Lane in Hardinsburg.The Indiana State Police is still investigating the afternoon crash that claimed the life of a 35-year-old Jon Donlon and sent three others to area hospitals for treatment. Donlon was pronounced dead at the scene. At approximately 2:50 p.m., Washington County police were alerted to the accident. Police say a 2003 Ford Explorer, being driven by 33-year-old Randy Tussey, of Hardinsburg, was travelling south on Sinking Creek Lane and failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of US Highway 150. He then crashed into the driver's side door of an eastbound 2010 Mazda on US Highway 150 being driven by Donlon. Tussey suffered serious injuries and was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital. A female passenger in Tussey's Ford Explorer also suffered serious injuries and was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital by ground ambulance. A female passenger in Donlon's car was also seriously injured an transported by ground ambulance to the Floyd County Hospital. Master Trooper Kevin Bowling of the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg is investigating this crash with the assistance of the Indiana State Police Crash Reconstruction Team. Assisting Agencies included the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Indiana Conservation Officers, Washington County Coroner's Office, Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Washington County E.M.S.

Two pole barns were destroyed in a fire on Sunday afternoon in the 5300 block of East State Road 45 near Bloomington. More than 30 firefighters from Northern Monroe Fire Territory, Bloomington Fire Department, Benton Township and Perry Clear Creek firefighters responded just after 2 p.m. and were one the scene for several hours. Firefighters had to attack the blaze from a distance because of several explosions that went off inside the garages. Power lines were also sparking causing a danger to firefighters. Firefighters had to cut holes into the metal buildings to reach the blaze after the roof collapsed and walls began to buckle. Crews later cut holes in the metal to reach fires that were hidden by debris after the roof collapsed and walls buckled.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Friday, May 11th, 2018

A Lawrence County man was arrested Thursday morning after police alleged he was carrying methamphetamine.
According to police reports, At 3:52 a.m., a Mitchell Police Department officer was traveling north on Rabbitsville Road when he noticed a red Pontiac Grand Am pull into a driveway, with the driver immediately turning off the car’s lights, according to MPD Chief Mike Johnson. Police said the car sat at the end of the driveway, without pulling all the way in. An officer noticed a man, who was later identified as 27 year old Collin Flynn of Mitchell , and a woman walking away from the car. When police ran a check on Flynn, they found he was wanted on a warrant. In addition, police spoke with the owner of the driveway the car pulled into, and the owner said he wanted the car removed because it didn’t belong there. When police went next door to speak with Flynn, he walked out and was “being belligerent” with police. When placed under arrest, a bag fell to the ground. Police say meth was in the bag. Flynn was then booked into the Lawrence County jail.

One person was airlifted to a hospital after a crash on U.S. 50 West and Stumphole Bridge Road Wednesday afternoon. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff's department accident report, At 3:25 p.m., 60 year old Lisa Morse of Mitchell was driving a blue 2013 Volkswagen Eos south on Stumphole Bridge Road. 47 year old Shawn Horock of Mitchell was driving west on U.S. 50 West in his white 2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer. Witnesses, who were traveling behind Horock, said Morse did not stop at the stop sign at Stumphole Bridge Road, and drove through the intersection. Morse’s car then collided with Horock’s SUV. Morse, suffered a fracture to her upper leg area, and was airlifted to a hospital. Horock, complained of neck pain and was also taken to a local hospital.

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

A 2 car accident in Washington County resulted in a fatality earlier this morning. According to a Washington County Sheriffs Accident report, at approximately 4:22 a.m. deputies of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the intersection of State Road 56 West and State Road 337 in Livonia. Upon arrival at the scene, deputies discovered 43 year old Bret Freed, of Orleans, dead of injuries sustained in the accident. Evidence at the scene and witnesses statements indicated that Freed was operating a 2012 Toyota Corolla and was south bound on State Road 337 when it came to the intersection of State Road 56 West. Free continued through the intersection and failed to stop for unknown reasons. Freed’s vehicle was then struck by a semi tractor trailer that was west bound on State Road 56, driven by Kenneth Cupp of Salem. Cupp was not injured in the crash. The crash remains under investigation at this time.

A three-vehicle accident on US 50 at Brickyard Road, west of the Martin County 4-H fairgrounds, closed the highway Wednesday night. US 50 was closed for a few hours during the investigation and clean-up. Martin County dispatch said this morning that currently no information has been released on the crash.

Two drivers were sent to hospitals with neck pain following a collision at R Street and John Williams Boulevard in Bedford Wednesday. According to a Bedford Police Accident report, at around 4:30PM, 21 year old Mikaela Lawrence, of Bedford was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze west on John Williams Boulevard at 4:30 p.m. when she had stopped at the intersection at R Street. 46 year old Verma Sundeep, of Greenwood, was stopped at the intersection facing north on R Street. Sundeep said he didn’t see Lawrence and pulled his 2013 Toyota Corolla out in front of her. Both vehicles were towed by Mikels Wrecker Service.

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Springs Valley Junior-Senior High School has been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. SV Band Director Luke Aylsworth, reports there were 135 schools nationwide selected for the distinction. Only six schools in Indiana received the Merit Award. Springs Valley also achieved the distinction in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017. The SupportMusic Merit Award recognizes individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, Springs Valley answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas. The Springs Valley Band Department won the 2016 and 2017 Indiana State School Music Association Class D state marching band championship. The Blackhawk Brigade was the ISSMA Class D state marching band champion runner-up from 2012 – 2015. This year, the band was awarded the ISSMA All Music Award for participating and achieving gold ratings in every ISSMA event available to high school ensembles. The band maintains a robust instrument inventory and rents instruments to students for only $35 a year.

A Lawrence County man was sentenced to house arrest in Lawrence Superior Court I Wednesday morning for dealing methamphetamine.
Judge John Plummer III sentenced 20 Year Old 20 year old Paul Mills Jr., to house arrest for three years for dealing in meth, a Level 5 felony, as part of a plea agreement. According to court documents, Mills was accused of selling meth twice in August. During one of the buys, police said Mills sold about 2.11 grams to an informant for the Lawrence County Drug Task Force.

The Martin County Sheriff's Department arrested two Shoals residents on drug charges on Tuesday night following a traffic stop on US 50 in Shoals. Police arrested 59-year-old Kurt Faust on charges of possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance, and unlawful possession of a syringe and 21-year-old Cheyenne Sullivan on charges of possession of meth, visiting a common nuisance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wednesdday, May 2nd, 2018

A Lawrence County man was injured after being involved in a traffic accident Friday. According to a police report, 21 year old Taylor Gerkin of Bedford said he was driving a 1999 Ford Ranger north on Hoosier Avenue and that he was behind a pickup truck that he described as weaving within its lane of travel. Gerkin said the driver of the truck suddenly applied the brake in the area of 234 Hoosier Ave. Taylor, in order to avoid hitting the truck, swerved to the right and struck a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix that was legally parked on the side of the road. The impact resulted in heavy rear-end damage to the Pontiac, which was registered to Sharlyn K. Redman of Mitchell. When the Oldsmobile was struck, it moved forward and struck a limestone retaining wall. Sections of limestone then separated from the wall and hit a 2012 Chrysler 200 series passenger car parked in the driveway at 230 Hoosier Ave registered to Sean Brown. The rear passenger side of the Chrysler and a rear tire were damaged. Gerkin’s vehicle sustained heavy damage to the front passenger side. Gerkin complained of pain to his elbow and lower arm declined an ambulance and told the investigating officer his father would take him to the emergency room by private vehicle. The driver of the vehicle that was weaving fled the scene at the time the crash occurred.

A Lawrence County man was arrested on a warrant Saturday after being accused of injuring a pregnant woman in November. Lawrence County Police arrested 29-year-old David Erdmann, of Bedford on felony charges of domestic battery resulting in bodily injury to a pregnant woman, strangulation and a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. According to a Superior Court I probable cause affidavit, Lawrence County Sheriff deputies were called to the home on Nov. 17, after a report of a domestic fight. When police arrived a woman told them she and Erdmann were arguing and he had become violent. Erdmann allegedly kicked a bouncy seat over her six-month-old son, who was lying on the floor. When she went to pick up her son, Erdmann knocked her down into a chair, then put one hand on her face and one hand on her throat choking her.The woman was eventually able to get to her son and sat with him on a couch. That is when Erdmann dragged her off the couch while she was holding the child, she told police. She also accused Erdmann of breaking her phone by throwing it against the wall when she attempted to call for help. Erdmann is being held in the Lawrence County jail on a $20,000 surety and $2,005 cash bond.

Monday, April 30th, 2018

A Jackson County man was arrested on a charge of attempted murder after police say he fired shots at a woman at a home near Freeman Field Recreational Facility Saturday morning. Police arrested 50-year-old Steven Kirschbaum of Seymour on charges of intimidation, pointing a firearm and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. He was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 5:44 a.m. where he is being held without bond pending his initial hearing. According to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Carothers, deputies were called to the 2600 block of North State Road 11 after a report of shots fired. Kirschbaum and a woman had been in an argument when Kirschbaum went outside and fired a .40-caliber handgun through a wall into the house. Sheriff Carothers says at least six bullets entered the home where the woman was sitting in a chair and struck a television near where the woman was sitting. Police say alcohol is believe to have played a role in the incident.

A Lawrence County man was arrested early Sunday morning after he crashed his car into mailboxes and utility poles on Heltonville Road. Bedford Police arrested 24-year-old Devon Young of Norman on charges of operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent or greater, OWI endangerment, OWI per se and leaving the scene of an accident. According to the police report, Young was traveling east in the 110 block of Heltonville Road when his 2006 Pontiac Torrent went off the side of the road breaking two telephone poles and a mailbox owned by James Pentezer. He then fled the scene. Police located Young and his car just east of the accident scene. Young was taken to a local hospital for a medical evaluation and a blood draw. AT&T was notified and replaced the broken poles.

Fridy, April 28th, 2018

A Dubois County driver was charged with operating while intoxicated after his truck ran into a home in near Mentor Thursday night. According to police reports, police were called to the report of a pickup that had crashed into a home on the 9600 block of State Road 64 at about 10:23 p.m. Police determined that 47 year old Woodie Edwards, of Huntingburg, was westbound on State Road 64 when the 1996 Ford F-150 he was operating went off the south side of the road. The truck struck the residence causing damage to the foundation of the home as well as an 2011 Chevrolet Impala parked in the garage. Edwards was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital for medical clearance where he tested a .09 percent blood alcohol content. He was then charged with operating while intoxicated and booked into the Dubois County Jail. Edwards posted bond and is awaiting a court appearance on May 2, 2018, in Dubois County Superior Court. A Sternberg’s wrecker assisted at the scene.

Four individuals face drug dealing accusations following a Thursday search at a Jasper apartment. The Dubois Superior Court probation department had requested help locating 20 year old Taylor K. Frick, who does not have a current address, regarding a probation matter related to a February methamphetamine conviction, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department. At 10:01 a.m., Thursday the search for Frick took deputies and Jasper Police Department officers, including that agency’s narcotics officer, to the Geoplex Apartments in Jasper. Police sought the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office’s assistance in obtaining a search warrant for the apartment of 46-year-old Gabriel Bobu after officers reported spotting drugs and paraphernalia on a coffee table when the unit’s door was opened. Bobu; 25 year old Jeremy Bryant, 20 year old Taylor Frick; and 31 year old Zachary Hamilton, all of Jasper were at the apartment. A search allegedly revealed the presence of methamphetamine and heroin bagged for resale. Scales and marijuana were also found.All four individuals are being preliminarily charged with Level 4 felony counts of dealing narcotics and dealing methamphetamine, Level 6 felony counts of methamphetamine possession and possession of narcotic drugs and misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and possession of paraphernalia. Bryant, Frick and Hamilton were additionally charged with misdemeanor counts of visiting a common nuisance, while Bobu was preliminarily charged with a Level 6 felony count of maintaining a common nuisance. Authorities booked Bryant, Frick and Hamilton into the Dubois County Security Center.

Police ticketed a motorist after a three-vehicle collision last Saturday afternoon in Jasper. According to police, at around 12:20PM, 80 year old Edward Eckert, of Jasper, was northbound on Newton Street in a 2008 Ford Edge at the time when police say Eckert was stopped in traffic when his SUV was rear-ended by a 2006 Hyundai Tucson driven by 18 year old Samantha Jarboe of Ferdinand. The impact then pushed the Eckert Ford into the rear of a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox driven by 57 year old Marcella Stevens, of Jasper. Jarboe allegedly told officers she had briefly looked away from the roadway and, when she looked back, she discovered traffic stopped too late to avoid a collision.Damage was estimated at $6,000 to the Jarboe Hyundai and $2,000 to the Eckert Ford. The Stevens Chevrolet did not show visible damage. A passenger in the Eckert Ford, 77-year-old Nancy Eckert, complained of neck pain but declined to be transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital, according to police. An officer cited Jarboe for following too closely.

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

An accident on State Road 59 between Linton and Jasonville left a motorcyclist dead. The accident happened around 12 a.m. this morning. According to the Greene County Sheriff's Department, 55-year-old Richard Cash, of Linton, was traveling south on North State Road 5, south of County ROad 400 North when his 1989 Honda VF700 struck a cow. Cash was thrown from the motorcycle. When officers arrived on scene the man had no pulse and was not breathing he had suffered fatal injuries.

The search for a Crothersville man led to the arrest of 10 people on drug-related charges late Tuesday. Crothersville Police Chief Brent Turner says officer obtained a search warrant for two address looking for 34-year-old Daniel Weisan who was wanted on charges of intimidation. At 6:45 p.m. police arrived at the first home at 107 North East Street and detected the odor of marijuana. There were seven people in the home. Police seized marijuana, meth, syringes and other drug paraphernalia. Arrested were 49 year old Gary Rutherford, 34 year old Charles Hickman, 43 Year Old Herman Curtis Eldridge, 40 year old Sabrina Jensen, 44 year old Carl Perkins, and 56 year old Rose Victorino, all of Crothersville, on various charges and 37 year old Jolene Robinson,of Austin, was also arrested. Police entered the second home at 306 West Walnut Street around 9:30 p.m. and found marijuana, a marijuana plant, meth, scales, bags and other paraphernalia used in the distribution of meth. Police arrested: 39 year old James Cecil Parnell, of Seymour, 40 year old Shannon Parnell, and 45 year old Scott Staley, both of Crothersville, on various drug charges. All ten are being held at the Jackson County Jail. The Crothersville Police Department was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department and the Austin Police Department K-9 unit.

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

A two vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of Stars Boulevard and East Boyd Lane on Friday.   According to an accident report filed by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department said that 17 year old Cadence Burkhart of 2640 U.S. 50 East was traveling south on Stars Boulevard in a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. 44 year old Lori Snoddy of Heltonville was traveling north on Stars Boulevard, driving a 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck. At the intersection, Burkhart turned left onto East Boyd Lane into Snoddy’s path and hit the pickup truck. Burkhart, complained of chest pain while Snoddy, experienced pain in her shoulder and upper arm. Each of the vehicles sustained front end damage. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, and the airbags deployed in both vehicles.  

A Bloomington resident was taken to a hospital Saturday after the van he was riding in crashed into a tree.   At 3:34 p.m., 34-year-old James W. Hughes, 52 Meridian St., was driving a 2000 Dodge Caravan north on North Jackson Street, near Redbud Lane, the report stated. 24 year old David Ulshafer and a woman, Sarah Hughes, were passengers in the vehicle.  The vehicle ran off the east side of the road, eventually crashing into a tree, the report stated. Hughes told police he had been suffering from migraines, which may have caused him to black out while driving. One of James Hughes’ co-workers, who came to pick him up after the crash, told police he also may have been fatigued from working extra hours. Ulshafer suffered abrasions and cuts to his knees, according to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department accident report.  James and Sarah Hughes were not taken to a hospital.  All three people were wearing seat belts.  Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital ambulance, AMR/St. Vincent Dunn Hospital ambulance and Shawswick Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.  

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

A Lawrence County woman suffered a head injury after she crashed her Blazer Sunday morning into a building at Stone City Products.
According to a Bedford Police report, at around 10:25AM, when officers responded to the plant on Seventh Street they met an employee saying the injured woman was inside the plant. The woman 75-year-old Tommie McSoley, of Bedford couldn't tell police how she got injured or how she got to Stone City Products. Employees at the plant told police McSoley had told them earlier that she was in a vehicle but wasn't sure where the vehicle was and that it was possibly somewhere to the southeast of the factory. An IU Health Hospital ambulance crew responded and treated McSoley. Police then began searching for her vehicle, a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer, they located it on the east side of one of Stone City Products buildings. The vehicle had been driven through the external wall and was still running. Officers turned off the vehicle and searched for anyone in the building and found none. McSoley suffered bleeding to the head. McSoley refused to be transported to a local hospital for treatment. Her grandson then responded to the factory and took her home.McSoley's vehicle was dislodged from the building and towed by Mikel's Wrecker Service.

A Lawrence County woman was arrested Saturday night after Bedford Police say she left her toddler in a running vehicle while she went tanning. Bedford Officers responded to Total Tan on M Street at 7:40 p.m. after a report of a toddler left unsupervised in a running vehicle. When officers arrived they found a sleeping toddler in a running white Ford with the doors locked. Officers then entered the business looking for the toddler's parent, identified as 20 year old Shelby McClung of Bedford. The employee told police there was only one person tanning and that person was called to the front to speak with officers. The McClung told police she didn't see a problem with leaving the child in the vehicle while she tanned. Police then arrested McClung, on a charge of neglect of a dependant. Officers then alerted the Department of Child Services who released the child to a family member.

Sunday afternoon shortly after 6:00 pm, A Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy was in his driveway located just off of  U.S. 31 South of Scottsburg. He was just starting his work shift when a motorcycle passed his residence going South at an extremely high rate of speed. The deputy pulled out of his driveway and attempted to catch up to the motorcycle. As the motorcycle went into a curve approximately a quarter of a mile North of Edrington Road, it crossed the center line striking a 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee in the passenger side front. The driver of the motorcycle, 25 year old Dmytri Weddington, of Scottsburg, was thrown from the vehicle, a 1997 Yamaha. Weddington was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 42 year old David Cunningham, and his front seat passenger, 41 year old Kristine Cunningham, both from Scottsburg, IN, were slightly injured and transported to the Scott County Hospital by Scott County E.M.S. This investigation is continuing. Both occupants of the Jeep Grand Cherokee were wearing seat belts.

Friday, April 20th, 2018

A Springville man suffered minor bleeding to his head after crashing his Cadillac at Steak 'n Shake on Wednesday afternoon. According to a Bedford Police report, A worker in the drive thru at Steak 'n Shake noticed a man passed out in the driver's seat of a 2014 Cadillac ATS in the drive-thru. She knocked on the driver's window and the driver would not respond. She then opened the door and attempted to pull 48-year-old Scott McNeelan of Springville from the vehicle. While doing that the car accelerated forward and went over an embankment. Brown and another employee at Steak 'n Shake removed McNeelan, who was unconscious from the car and attended to him until emergency personnel arrived on the scene.

There will soon be a large vacancy in the Germantown Shopping Center on Jasper’s north side. The Carson’s store, which began as an Elder-Beerman store in 2000, will close its doors following the bankruptcy of its parent company, Bon-Ton. Liquidation sales will start soon at all stores owned by Bon-Ton — Carson’s, Bergner’s, Herberger’s, Elder-Beerman, Bon-Ton, Younkers and Boston Stores — Bon-Ton said in a press release Wednesday following the Bankruptcy Court’s approval of the sale of Bon-Ton’s assets to liquidators Great American Group LLC and Tiger Capital Group. The upcoming Carson’s closure comes at a time of change for the retail landscape in Jasper. J.C. Penney closed last summer; it was located in the Jasper Manor Shopping Center. Office retailer Staples, which was located on the city’s north side, also closed last year. However, some new retail is on the horizon for the Jasper area. JOANN Fabrics and Crafts will open in the Germantown Shopping Center in May and a Ross Dress for Less will open soon in Jasper’s North Ridge Shopping Center.

Thursday, April 17th, 2018

A Lawrence County woman suffered minor bleeding to her face after a two-vehicle accident at 16th Street and N street Wednesday night.
According to a Bedford Police report, 29-year-old Alicia Steele of Royal Oak, MI was facing north in a 2018 GMC Yukon on N Street and was waved forward into traffic to make a left hand turn. At the same time, police say 22-year-old Kaitlyn Lewis of Bedford was traveling east on 16th Street, in a 2006 Chevrolet pickup when Steele pulled into the path of Lewis' pickup. Steele was not injured, Lewis suffered minor bleeding to her face.

A Dubois County man was arrested after allegedly making some disturbing statements at MasterBrand Cabinets in Ferdinand Wednesday. According to police, they were called to the incident at about 1:22 p.m. The 20-year-old man was located in the office waiting room when police arrived. Witnesses, employees at MasterBrand, told police that the man was acting as if he was under the influence of something. Police determined that the man had driven his car to the plant, it was found in the parking lot running, and he was allegedly in possession of marijuana, rolling papers and a small marijuana cigarette. He was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct. After being cleared by medical staff at Memorial Hospital he was booked into the Dubois County Jail. A tow truck from Berg’s Garage towed the man’s car. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Memorial Hospital security assisted with the incident.

Monday, April 16th, 2018

A Lawrence woman was sentenced to five years in prison with two and a half years suspended to supervised probation. 33-year-old Diana Terrell of Bedford plead guilty in a negotiated plea deal to charges of possession of meth. The charges of dealing a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia were dismissed. Lawrence County Superior Court Judge John Plummer III gave Terrell credit for 195 days served in jail. Terrell and her husband, 37-year-old Michael Terrell, were arrested in July 26, 2017 after a confidential informant told a Lawrence County Police Department officer heroin could be purchased from Michael Terrell. A police informant with Terrell and purchased heroin and fentanyl. In a police video of the purchase, Michael is seen weighing the drugs, while a female voice identified as Diana's can be heard. Lawrence County Drug Task Force officers then served a search warrant at the Terrell's home at 808 Smith Avenue. Both Terrells were found in a bedroom of the home where officers found used syringes, meth and drug paraphernalia. Michael Terrell also plead guilty to the charges in a negotiated plea deal. He was sentenced in December of last year to 9 years in jail and given credit for 140 days served.

Bedford police are telling motorists to lock their doors.
Once again Bedford Police are receiving numerous calls of thefts from vehicle. This seems to be a common trend in most theft cases. In addition to locking your doors, motorist should remove firearms, valuables, and anything else someone with sticky fingers may want to steal. If residents do notice anyone snooping around vehicles or out of place, call police immediately. Be sure to get a description of the person and a vehicle if they are in one and direction of travel.

An investigation led police to accuse a Jasper woman of multiple felony drug offenses Friday.
The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Huntingburg Police Department went to an apartment in the 600 block of East Fifth Street in Jasper and allegedly located heroin, methamphetamine, hypodermic syringes and a firearm. Taken into custody was 39 year old Tommi Opel, of Jasper. Authorities booked Opel into the Dubois County Jail at 5:57 p.m. on preliminary charges that included Level 3 felony counts of dealing a narcotic drug and dealing methamphetamine, Level 5 felony counts of possessing a narcotic drug and possessing methamphetamine and 2 misdemeanor counts of illegal possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia

Friday, April 13th, 2018

A two car accident occurred early this afternoon in Jasper.
According to Jasper Police reports, at around 2:18Pm, 60 year old Paula Eyman, of Jasper, was exiting the Azura Cafe & Grill restaurant’s north lot on Third Avenue in a 2004 Jaguar XK8. Eyman was preparing to go north on Third Avenue and there was backed up traffic at the scene. She pulled out of the lot without seeing a southbound 2000 Buick Century that was in Third Avenue’s turn lane preparing to go east on State Road 164, officers said. The Eyman Jaguar drove into the path of a Buick driven by 17 old Lydia Cantner, of Jasper and the vehicles collided. Damage was estimated at $5,000 to the Jaguar and $4,000 to the Buick. An officer cited Eyman for failing to yield the right of way.

Bloomington police put out an alert Thursday for a man accused of battering, strangling and stabbing a woman repeatedly over three days. The victim told police that on Monday, 34-year-old Brandon Michael Richardson began yelling and beating her over relationship problems. Doctors determined the woman suffered severe injuries during the attack – among them multiple fractures to her face and eye socket, a broken vertebrae in her back and broken ribs. Following the initial assault, the woman told police Richardson continued to strangle her and confined her in a room with a dog leash around her neck. He allegedly also stabbed her repeatedly.

An elderly couple has died after a fire in southeastern Indiana. Firefighters said it happened in Knox County Thursday morning and by the time they got there, the house was already being consumed. 86-year-old Bobbie Horrall and his wife, 84-year-old Marilyn Horral both died in that fire. Investigators have not yet said what may have caused it.

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

A Lawrence County teenager was sent to a Bedford hospital after suffering neck injuries from driving her vehicle into a utility pole.
According to Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department reports, 18 year old Madison Kimmel, of Bedford, driving a 2008 Pontiac G5, was southbound on Peerless Road past Walnut Heights Road on Wednesday afternoon. Kimmel said she looked down for a moment, and realized when she looked back up that she was about to hit a utility pole. Kimmel then attempted to swerve her car to miss the pole, but struck it with the end of the car. The car spun and came to rest south of the pole, facing north on Peerless Road. The car was towed by Mikels Wrecker Service. The utility pole was not damaged.

A Princeton man and a Vincennes man were charged with 13 different counts after a car chase ended with them crashing and running from police Wednesday evening. The incident began when police received a report of a reckless driver eastbound on Interstate 64 at at the 58 mile-marker. The motorist reported the Dodge Charger was driving in excess of 100 mph. Indiana State Troop Kern observed the suspect vehicle passing the Ferdinand exit near the 63 mile-marker and was not able to catch up to the Dodge Charger until the 72 mile-marker near I-64 and State Road 145. According to Kern, the driver, later identified as 40 year old Zeberiah M. Stilwell, of Princeton, exited I-64 and traveled north on State Road 145 where he disregarded an INDOT barricade that was in place indicating a road closure. Stilwell continued northbound on State Road 145 before making an abrupt u-turn and driving back south. He was heading straight at Trooper Kern who was attempting to exit his patrol car. Stillwell swerved before striking Kern and drove through a field near Taylor Hollow Road ending up crashing into a ditch.Stilwell and his passenger, 22 year old William B. McCarter, of Vincennes, both exited the vehicle and attempted escape on foot. Kern apprehended McCarter near the crash location. Meanwhile, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from a homeowner reporting a suspect was attempting to break into their residence which was located near the crash location. Moments later Trooper Blunk and Dubois County Deputy Gogel arrived and spotted Stilwell running through the woods away from the residence.Blunk and Gogel were able to chase down and apprehend Stilwell. Stilwell was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital by ambulance for a medical evaluation before he was transported to the Dubois County Jail. Sergeant Mark Green, Senior Trooper Charlie Johnson, Troopers Blunk, Henning, Nolan, Griffith along with Dubois County Sheriff’s Deputies Monarrez and Gogel, Birdseye First Responders, Jasper Memorial Hospital EMS and KARS Towing.

The Knox County Prosecutor’s Office has filed two counts of driving while intoxicated causing death, a Level 5 Felony, against 34 year old Kyle Mason, of Oaktown. The criminal charges stem from an incident that occurred during the early morning hours of February 4th near Oaktown.  Mason was issued a summons to appear in court for his initial hearing on May 21 at 10:00 a.m. in Knox County Circuit Court. The incident occurred on February 4. According to authorities, Kyle Mason, 34 of Oaktown, was driving a military-model Humvee with his wife Breezie, 33, and two friends, Cody Meeks, 33, and Meeks’ wife Meaghan, 32, four-wheeling in a field at about 1 a.m. The Humvee drove off an embankment and went into the river. Mr. Meeks and Mr. Mason were able to exit the Humvee and swim to the bank. The two women did not make it out. Meeks and Mason ran about a mile and a half back to Mason’s residence to get help but there was no phone at the residence and two men’s phones were in the river. Mr. Mason got another four-wheel vehicle and headed back to the river to attempt to locate the women while Mr. Meeks ran to a nearby residence to call for help.Emergency crews from numerous agencies responded. Divers located the vehicle but due to a strong current, they had a difficult time securing and removing it from the Wabash River.  At approximately 10:30 a.m. that Sunday, crews located both women when they pulled the vehicle to the surface.During the investigation, it was determined that Mason had a blood alcohol content above the legal limit at the approximate time he drove off the embankment and into the Wabash River.

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Late Monday evening, troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg received information that a possible wanted person was hiding out at 505 West Cherry Street in Austin. Troopers and officers from the Austin City Police arrived at the house and searched the house for Travis Lee McCleery, the wanted person. During the course of the search, pieces of drug paraphernalia were located in the home. After locating the drug paraphernalia troopers obtained a search warrant for the residence.   During the search, several used syringes and other pieces of drug paraphernalia with Methamphetamine residue were located.  The wanted person, Travis McCleery, was also located, hiding behind a panel in the insulation of the attic.   Travis McCleery, Misty Collins and Charles McIntosh were all arrested out of the home and transported to the Scott County Jail. Approximately three grams of Methamphetamine was located on Misty Collins at the jail.

A Brown County man was sentenced Friday to three years in prison after pleading guilty to child solicitation in a negotiated plea deal.  According to Brown County Circuit Court records, police began investigating 46-year-old Jody Jaggers, of 9814 Short Chute Road, in August 2015 after the victim filed a protective order against him in Vigo County.   The victim told police Jaggers had abused her for several years starting when she was 12-years-old and that the crimes happened in Brown, Johnson, Lawrence and Monroe counties.   He was arrested on Oct. 2, 2015 on a Vigo County warrant for identity deception and invasion of privacy after he created a fake Facebook account under a false name to contact the victim. He pleaded guilty to those crimes in July 2016 and was sentenced to serve 20 days in jail and was placed on two-and-half years probation. He violated his probation and a warrant was filed on Jan. 4, 2018.  Jaggers was arrested again on March 21, 2017, on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor and child solicitation in Brown County. The charge of sexual misconduct with a minor was dropped in the plea deal. He plead guilty to the crime of child solicitation on March 26th.

A tractor-trailer carrying loaves of bread on North Ind. 37 struck a bridge overpass within the I-69 construction zone near North College Avenue Tuesday morning closed down the highway for more than three hours.  According a Monroe County Sheriff's report, 27-year-old Brandon Nicholson, of East Chicago, the driver of the 2006 Freightliner told police he fell asleep while traveling north on State Road 37.  Police say the semi drifted across the gravel median and into the southbound lanes hitting the bridge for the North College Avenue exit overpass. The semi stretched across both northbound lanes once it stopped.  The roof of the trailer was partially ripped off and slices of bread were scattered across the four-lane highway.  Nicholson was not injured, but his 37-year-old female passenger was taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital with a serious head injury.  Police closed the highway while crews swept away the debris. Traffic was detoured Sample Road until the lanes reopened around 8:35 a.m 

Tuesday April 10th, 2018

The Knox County Prosecutor’s Office has filed two counts of Driving While Intoxicated Causing Death, a Level 5 Felony, against Kyle Mason, 34, of Oaktown. The criminal charges stem from an incident that occurred during the early morning hours of February 4th near Oaktown.  Mason was issued a summons to appear in court for his initial hearing on May 21 at 10:00 a.m. in Knox County Circuit Court.   On February 4 at approximately 1:00 a.m., Mason was four-wheeling in a field near his home when he inadvertently drove off an embankment and into the Wabash River. Mason and his front seat passenger, Cody Meeks, 33, were able to get out of the vehicle and swim to the embankment to get help. Kyle’s wife, Breezie Mason, 33, and Cody’s wife, Meaghan Meeks, 32, were not able to get out from the back seat area and drowned.  During the investigation it was determined that Mason had a blood alcohol content above the legal limit at the approximate time he drove off the embankment and into the Wabash River.

A Bloomington man was arrested refusing to return a rental car and then, led officers on a vehicle and then foot pursuit Monday morning.  37-year-old Ardis Griffin III is in jail on charges of resisting law enforcement, aggressive driving, possession of cocaine, possession of a pipe and a warrant for failing to appear in court on charges of auto theft, reckless driving, resisting law enforcement and domestic battery. He is being held in the Monroe County Jail on a $30,500 bond  A Bloomington Police officer attempted to pull over Griffin who was driving a silver Kia with no headlights at 3:04 a.m. at South Walnut Street and Winslow Road.   Griffin refused to stop and blew through stop signs during a 5-mile chase with speeds reaching 70 miles per hour.   After heading north on South Basswood Drive, the car turned on to South Mueller Parkway where officers flattened its tires with stop sticks.  Despite its flattened tires, Griffin did not stop.  The pursuit continued west on West Third Street, turning into the TNW Automotive parking lot. The car then struck a log. Griffin jumped from the car and ran from the scene and was captured after a brief foot pursuit.   The pursuit lasted around six minutes.  Inside the car, police found a glass smoking pipe and a small bag of white powder which police believe to be cocaine.  Police discovered the Kia had been reported stolen Sunday after a woman reported Griffin had borrowed the car she had rented about three weeks ago.  The woman told police she had asked Griffin repeatedly to return the car but he refused.

The Harrison County Police Department says a suspected runaway teenager may have been spotted in the Martinsville area recentlyFOX59 News reports, 16-year-old Sky Leigh Goller was reported missing to Harrison County police on March 22. She is approximately 5'8″ and 120 lbs, with brown hair and green eyes. She is known to wear glasses. She was last seen wearing black leggings with gold polka dots with a red North Face jacket in her possession.  Police say they believe she was in the Martinsville area recently, but did not provide specific information. They did not indicate she was in immediate danger.  If you have any information that could help reunite Goller with her family, please contact Detective Carri Bowers with the Harrison County Police Department at (812) 738-2195. If you know Sky's current location please contact your local law enforcement agency.

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

A Lawrence County man was arrested Saturday after police found meth in his sport utility vehicle. According to police reports, At 7:09 p.m., a Mitchell Police Department officer pulled over a 2001 Chevrolet Blazer at Meridian and Warren streets for going 62 mph in a 45-mph zone. The driver was 21-year-old Dakota Norman of Bedford and his license was suspended. The officer asked if he could search the vehicle, and Norman agreed. As the officer opened the back door, he immediately noticed a syringe lying in the back driver’s seat. Later, police found a second syringe in the back seat. Both contained a substance that field-tested for meth. Norman is facing charges of possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance and was also ticketed for driving with a suspended license. He was then taken to the Lawrence County jail. As of this morning, he was at the jail with no bond set.

Arson may have been the cause of a fire that destroyed a vacant house trailer on Brown Street Tuesday morning. According to a Mitchell Police report, a t 5:30 a.m., M itchell VFD and Marion Township Rural Fire Department firefighters went to the 3040 Brown Street for a report of a fire. “When firefighters arrived, the trailer was pretty well gone . The fire originated somewhere in the front living room. Fi refighters were at the home for about three hours and the property is owned by Leroy Brown.

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018  

A  Martin county  woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to causing the fatal accident that resulted in the death of her mother.  40-year-old Heather Christmas of Loogootee pleaded guilty Tuesday to one county o operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent or greater causing death in a negotiated plea deal.  She is facing a possible five years in jail and will be sentenced on June 11 at 2:30 p.m.   Police say Heather Dawn Christmas, also known as Heather Carrico, was arrested after Daviess County Sheriff's Department received a call on February 16, 2017 around 8:30 p.m. reporting a vehicle was submerged in West Boggs Lake near County Road 1200 East, just south of St. Mary's Road.  When police arrived they found one person still inside the 2005 Ford Taurus and immediately entered the water and pulled 62-year-old Joyce D. Christmas, of Loogootee, out of the vehicle.  Joyce Christmas was rushed to Daviess Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Joyce was an employee of Buehler's Buy-Low grocery deli in Loogootee.  Police say Heather Christmas was driving the Ford Taurus north on County Road 1200 East when the car left the roadway, striking multiple cable barriers before going down an embankment and into West Boggs Lake.  Heather Christmas was able to get out of the vehicle.  Police say Heather Christmas had a blood-alcohol level of 0.25 percent following the accident.

A failed computer system is one reason  Muller true Value Hardware in Ferdinand is closing doors after 45 years.    Monday, April 30th will be the last day of operation for the locally owned hardware store.  The closing is  due to several factors including a failed computer system that caused inventory issues and the lack of communication and support to fix the problems. Without an accurate inventory count, the team at Muller True Value Hardware found it difficult to completely help a customer and often, employees were able to help them halfway through the problem, but ultimately were forced to order the rest of it online or send the customer to shop with a competitor to complete the task at hand.  Also, after running the Company as a cooperative since it’s establishment, True Value Company , headquarted in Chicago, has recently announced its possible sale of majority stocks to the private investment company, ACON Investments

A possible lightning strike in Dubois County results in home damage.   Dubois County and Ireland firefighters were called to a fire in at 621 South Dubois County Road 400 West near Ireland late Monday evening .  When firefighters arrived they found flames in the attic of the home and were able to knock them down with fire extinguishers.   No one was injured.  Seifert said the home was occupied and owned by James Corbin.  The department was on scene for over an hour.  

Tuesday, April 3d, 2018  

A woman was injured Monday in a Bloomington house fire. Firefighters were called to the 1200 block of East Hillside Drive around 1:30 p.m.Heavy smoke was seen coming from the home. Police officers closed East Hillside Drive to traffic, between Woodlawn and Highland avenues, while firefighters extinguished the blaze.  Officials say a 70-year-old woman inside called 911 to report the fire and let crews know she was trapped. Firefighters were able to find her and carry her out of the home.  She was taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital hospital in stable condition before being transported to Eskenazi Health via Lifeline.She was the only one in the home when the fire broke out.  Investigators are working to determine the cause of the blaze

The Department of Natural Resources says the Free Fishing Days this year are scheduled for April 21, May 19 and June 2-3.  Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish the state's public waters on Free Fishing Days.  On all other days, only youth - age 17 and younger - and a few other special anglers are exempt from the license requirement.  If you enjoyed the Free Fishing Days, consider purchasing a fishing license so you can fish throughout the entire year (license year is April 1 to March 31 of the following year). Fishing license cost $17. A trout stamp cost $11.  License sales fund fisheries management, maintain public access sites, and provide free sport fishing educational programs. 

Orleans Dogwood Festival organizers are excited to announce that this year's 50th Anniversary kick off weekend activities will include a special community event with celebrity guest Bluegrass Hall of Fame Legend and member of the "Darling Family" on The Andy Griffith Show - Rodney Dillard.  The musical program is set for Sunday evening, April 22 beginning at 7 p.m. at Orleans Christian Church's Unity Hall.  The Andy Griffith Show has captured the hearts of Americans since the 1960s. Its emphasis on family values, Christian principals and simply "doing the right thing" made it the most popular show in television history.  Rodney Dillard was one of the beloved "Darling boys" on many episodes. Through the years, he, his brothers, paw and sister Charlene would roll into town on the old truck and fill Mayberry with their mountain bluegrass music and dead pan humor.  Rodney Dillard and his wife Beverly are bringing their wonderfully acclaimed program to the opening weekend activities of the 50th Annual Orleans Dogwood Festival on Sunday, April 22, proclaiming those cherished Mayberry Values that are so rapidly disappearing in our society today. Using humor, stories, testimonies, scriptures, song and video presentations, the Dillards are able to touch and inspire families and individuals of all ages. As they say in Mayberry, lets get "all keyed up" - this time for the Lord.  The program is free; however a free-will offering will be received and everyone is welcome to attend.

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Indiana State Police and Orange County Sheriff's Department are warning business owners and residents in Orange and surrounding counties of counterfeit $100 dollar bills. Over the past several days, the Orange County Sheriff's Department has received reports from West Baden Springs, French Lick, Paoli, Mitchell and Orleans Police Departments of counterfeit $100 bills being passed at various businesses. Police have a list of four possible suspects who have passed a total of $900, all in $100 dollar bills. Business owners reported all of the bills passed an ink test, looked authentic in size, but did have a bleached smell and slightly distorted image quality. Anyone who discovers they are in possession of counterfeit bills, or are able to identify the suspects, are asked to contact Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Within 48 hours of snow falling the night of Easter Sunday across Indianapolis and central Indiana, the threat of severe weather returns to the area.
The National Weather Service in Indianapolis says hail and strong winds near 30 miles an hour will be the biggest threat with the storms on Tuesday afternoon, which could move into central Indiana around 4 p.m. and leave the area around 8 p.m. with the bigger threat in the Q-100 listening area.


Notre Dame used a buzzer beater to its advantage again. The Fighting Irish defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs 61-58 to win their first championship in 17 years with a buzzer-beating three-pointer from junior guard Arike Ogunbowale. Ogunbowale also scored a buzzer-beater at the end of Notre Dame's game against UConn on Friday.

Friday, March 30th, 2018

A Lawrence County man escaped injuries Friday morning after being involved in a plane crash at the Virgil I. Grissom Municipal Airport
. According to Lawrence County police reports, Indiana State Police dispatch received the initial call about the crash. Local police were told about the plane crash at 10:36 a.m. Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham said the man was piloting a 1964 Beechcraft Baron. The pilots name is unknown and the Indiana State Police is in charge of investigating the incident. Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department, Bedford Fire Department and AMR/St. Vincent Dunn Hospital ambulance also responded to the scene.

A 50-year-old Lawrence County woman was taken to a hospital Friday morning after a crash at Fifth and N streets. According to a police report, At 9:37 a.m., Tammi Strunk of Bedford was driving west on Fifth Street in her red 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix. As she was approaching N Street, she was hit by a 2003 Chevrolet Impala driven by 51-year-old Suzanne Orr, of Bedford. Orr said she entered the Fifth Street intersection from N Street and didn't see Strunk's vehicle. A witness told police Orr did not fully stop at the intersection, and only looked one way before pulling into the intersection. Strunk, complained of pain to her hip and upper leg area. Orr complained of pain after the accident, but was not taken to a hospital.

A Dubois County man was arrested after he allegedly brandished a collapsible baton in the Jasper Walmart today. According to reports, Jasper officers were called to the store at about 10:56 a.m. for the report of a disorderly individual with the baton. When they arrived, they were directed to the suspect by Walmart employees. They stopped the man identified as 56 year old Michael McCracken, of Jasper, to speak to him about the incident. He was detained and officers allegedly found a collapsible baton on his person. According to Walmart employees, McCracken had allegedly been in the store’s electronics department and had gotten upset. He was allegedly yelling and cussing the clerk working in the department. It was disruptive enough that other customers were attempting to calm McCracken down and he began yelling at them as well. Store management went to the department and asked him to leave several times before he finally started towards the front of the store. Once they made it to the front, the employees said, McCracken suddenly turned on them and pulled out the baton. He allegedly yelled at them and swung the baton at an employee several times. He allegedly continued to yell at the store employees while in the parking lot until police arrived and then he began to walk away. Police charged McCracken with a Level 5 felony count of intimidation with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. He was booked into the Dubois County Jail.

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

A Dubois County man was arrested after he crashed his pickup truck into a utility pole Tuesday evening.
According to police reports, just before 10 p.m. Huntingburg City Police responded to an accident that occurred along North Van Buren Street. A 2005 Chevrolet pick-up truck driven by 25-year-old Drake Neal of Huntingburg was traveling north in the 700 block of North Van Buren when his truck left the roadway, struck a utility pole, breaking the pole. Neal then traveled into an alleyway, sideswiped a second pole a and then an air conditioning unit. The truck continued eastbound in the alley finally stopping in a ditch. Neal was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, OWI endangerment, operating a vehicle while intoxicated on a controlled substance, criminal recklessness, reckless drive and leaving the scene of an accident.Huntingburg Police were assisted at the scene by the Indiana State Police, Huntingburg Fire Department, Memorial EMS, Huntingburg Utilities and KARS towing.

A Floyd County man has been sentenced to 30 years by the Dubois County Circuit Court. 
58 year old Stephen Recker of New Albany Recker, was charged with fraud following a joint investigation by Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s office and the Indiana State Police. Recker has pled guilty to five counts of securities fraud and two counts of theft. The investigation began in 2015 after family members of a victim had concerns about suspicious investments being made with Recker and contacted authorities. A joint investigation by the Indiana State Police and the Indiana Secretary of State, Securities Division discovered that Recker was selling securities to at least seven families in Dubois county, taking money from his clients and claiming to put the funds in investments. Instead, he used the money he collected to pay for his gambling habit. No profits were ever disbursed to clients. Recker was sentenced to 30 years, to be served as 20 years in the Department of Correction, followed by four years home detention and six years on probation. He was ordered to pay $553,298 in restitution to his victims.

Nearly every member of one Indiana University fraternity has fallen sick with a virus, according to Chuck Carney, spokesman for the university. Carney did not want to say which fraternity was affected by the virus but said it appears to be a "highly contagious" gastrointestinal virus. 50 of the fraternity's 52 members are currently ill and are experiencing the same symptoms. The virus first started making its rounds last week and Carney says as of Wednesday evening nearly every member had fallen ill. So far no one has had to be hospitalized.

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

An Orange County teenager was injured when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed on Sendelweck Curve Tuesday.  17 year old Jacie Brown, of French Lick  was eastbound on State Road 56 in a 2003 Saturn car at 2:45 p.m. and when the vehicle entered Sendelweck Curve, police say it lost traction on the wet roadway and the rear of the vehicle began to spin to the right. This forced the vehicle into the opposing lane of travel and Brown overcorrected causing the vehicle to go off the south side of the road.The car hit an embankment and then flipped over onto its top before sliding back onto the roadway and coming to a stop facing east.  Brown was treated at the scene by Haysville Volunteer Fire Department First Responders before being transported by Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services to Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Police said she complained of back pain.  The car was considered a total loss according to police.

Jasper police are investigating a break-in at a Jasper business and offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons involved.According to police, La Frontera, 221 S. U.S. 231, was broken into and vandalized sometime between 9:30 p.m. Monday and 7:45 a.m. Tuesday.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department at 812-482-2255 or on the anonymous tip line at 812-481-2677 (COPS).

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced today that $161.2 million in federal transportation funding is being awarded to 66 cities, towns, and counties in rural portions of Indiana to invest in local road and bridge improvements as well as sidewalk and trail projects. Combined with local funds, approximately $212 million is being invested in infrastructure in communities receiving funds.  Types of projects receiving funds include 27 bridge rehabilitation/replacement projects; 31 resurfacing/reconstruction projects; 17 Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) projects that include work such as sidewalks, ADA ramps, and trails; and 6 traffic safety projects.
Monies received include: 
Lawrence County: for work in District 1 - $552,240., Daviess County: $4,528,000. and Salem: Sou - $1,585,975. Rural communities were invited to submit project applications to INDOT for potential funding during a call for projects announced in October 2017 







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nvestigation on October 25, 2017, after receiving a complaint of inappropriate contact with a minor that occurred between 2011 and 2015. The complaint alleged that 20-year-old Anthony Neukam of Jasper had sexually forced himself upon a minor female routinely during that timeframe. After a lengthy investigation by ISP and DCS, an arrest warrant was issued for a Level 3 felony count of rape and four Level 3 felony counts of child molestation. Neukam was arrested this/Thursday morning by State Police and Dubois County Sheriff’s Deputies. Neukam is being held in the Dubois County Jail.

A homeowner’s report Wednesday night about someone who appeared to be extremely intoxicated showing up on his front porch resulted in a felony arrest. Jasper Police was called to the 300 block of West 14th Street at 8:55 p.m. after the homeowner reported the unknown male was stumbling around on his porch. The suspect had left on foot by the time officers arrived but police report finding a brown paper bag and a bottle of soda on the porch. The bag contained hypodermic needles, including one bloody, uncapped syringe, and other paraphernalia. Officers then made contact nearby with a male matching the suspect’s description and identified him as 26 year old Jordan Cochran, of Jasper. Cochran had been walking eastbound and had reportedly stepped out into the street as an officer approached. He was allegedly slurring his words and had an abusive attitude. Authorities booked Cochran into the Dubois County Jail at 9:30 p.m. and preliminarily charged him with nine Level 6 felony counts of illegal possession of hypodermic needles and a misdemeanor count of public intoxication.

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Health officials in Indiana are urging Hoosiers to get their flu shots before the peak flu season which starts in January.   103 people died from influenza between October 2016 and May of this year.   According to the Indiana State Health Department's Weekly Influenza Report, 64 Indiana residents experienced influenza-like illnesses during the second week of November.   Health officials say anyone over six months old should get a flu shot every year to increase their chances of preventing the flu. Flu shots take at least two weeks to become effective

A Jasper man was charged with child molesting and criminal confinement Tuesday.  The Jasper Police Department arrested Alejandro Hernandez, 52, of Reese Street, at 4 p.m. on a Level 1 felony charge of child molestation, a Level 4 felony charge of child molestation and a Level 5 felony count of criminal confinement. Police allege Hernandez was involved in sexual activity with a juvenile over an extended period of time. He was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 7:35 p.m.

The pretty lit Christmas tree in your home may usher the holidays,, but it also maybe ushering something else.  Pest control company Safer Brand says as many as 25,000 bugs can live in one tree. The company says most of the bugs aren't dangerous and will eventually die. But aphids, spiders, mites, praying mantises, bark beetles and sawflies are among the list of bugs that can survive in your home.  Safer Brand says it's important to examine your tree for bug nests before buying it and bringing it into your home. They also recommend leaving the tree in your garage for a few days and shaking it out to dislodge any bugs 

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Troopers from the Indiana State Police Jasper Post will be conducting a sobriety check point at an undisclosed location in Dubois County on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.  Those drivers passing through the checkpoint area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers, and will only be detained briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary.   The purpose of the sobriety checkpoint is to remove those motorists from the highways who are alcohol and/or drug impaired and poses a danger to all who use the roadways.  Impaired drivers are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage, personal injury, and death annually.   

A new program in Martin County is designed to improve access to local law enforcement services.  Martin County Sheriff Travis Roush has assigned deputies to each of the county's six townships and Crane Village in order to better address community needs. Benefits derived from this program will include: improved security, increased communication, and safety education. Most importantly, it will promote unity between the community and law enforcement.  "This will send a clear message to criminal elements that we stand together to ensure Martin County continues to be a great place to live and raise families," says Sheriff Travis Roush.The approach is designed to better address community needs of law enforcement services. "Our intention is to host brief meetings, twice a year, in respective townships, in a "town hall" informal setting. The length of the gatherings will be as long, or as short as needed," says Sheriff Roush.  The sheriff, key staff, the respective township deputy, and other law enforcement officers will attend each town hall meeting with hopes of engaging the public in conversation on how law enforcement services can better serve the community.

Hoosier Uplands through its Community Development and Improvement Program (CDIP) continues to strive to make improvements to local communities.  This years grants have been awarded to the Bedford North Lawrence Career Center, Washington County Economic Growth Partnership, the West Baden Colored Church Restoration Project, the Town of Orleans, Orange County Humane Society, Shawswick Township Trustee, YMCA of Washington County, the Town of Shoals, Spring Mill State Park and several sidewalk and other improvements for the Town of Mitchell.  "We are currently in the process of the demolition of two more blighted home in Mitchell on Main Street, which will further enhance the look of downtown," says David Miller, Hoosier Uplands Chief Executive Officer. "We already have applications for 2018 which will continue to improve our area in a wide range of ways. The CDIP funds are limited but we try to make the most impact we can with those funds."  The CDIP program was created by Hoosier Uplands in 2012 and is funded by non-federal or state tax dollars generated by Hoosier Uplands.

Monday, November 27th, 2017

One man was shot in the head during an incident early Sunday morning in Bedford.
According to police reports, a caller reported a male fired a handgun in a house in the 2400 block of M Street at 4:30 a.m. No subsequent threats had been made prior to the shooting, and the victim was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital. No one has been arrested in relation to the shooting and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Bedford Police Department at (812) 275-3311.

Bedford Police are investigating a shooting Friday at Kindred Spirits at 1702 L Street. Officers were called to the liquor store around 5 p.m. after a disturbance in the parking lot. Police were unable to provide many details about the incident. Only that a 71-year-old man suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his left bicep and was transport to a local hospital for treatment. The shooter was a 34-year-old man. Police have forwarded their findings to the Lawrence County Prosecutor's Office for review. The incident remains under investigation.

Officers with Jasper Police Department working overtime as part of Operation Pull Over arrested two men on drug charges over the weekend. Saturday afternoon, Sgt. Adam Bower and his K-9 partner, Aries, observed a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle in the area of 15th Street and Meridian Road allegedly traveling 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. The operator, 59 year old Stanley Vonderheide, of Jasper, was pulled over in the Kimball Electronics parking lot. During the stop, Bower reported he located methamphetamine in Vonderheide’s possession as well as $805. The money and individual baggies of a white crystal-like substance that tested positive as meth led officers to believe Vonderheide was dealing meth. Authorities booked Vonderheide into the Dubois County Jail on preliminary charges of Level 4 felony dealing methamphetamine and a Level 6 felony count of methamphetamine possession. Later Saturday night, an officer stopped a 2010 Ford Fusion for an inoperable headlight and for allegedly failing to signal a turn. The officer observed the car on U.S. 231 near Hoffman Road at 9:03 p.m. and stopped the vehicle in the Huck’s parking lot. The officer made contact with the driver, 39 year old Dustin Cooper, of Huntingburg, and a 17-year-old passenger. The officer also noted there was a very strong odor of burnt and raw marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Police searched the vehicle and allegedly found Cooper and the juvenile to be in possession of marijuana. Police said Cooper admitted to smoking marijuana while driving from Huntingburg to Jasper. A certified test at Memorial Hospital determined Cooper had THC, opiates, amphetamines and oxycodone in his system. Cooper was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 1:49 a.m. Sunday preliminary charges of Level 6 felony operating under the influence of a controlled substance with a person under the age of 18 in the vehicle as well as a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession. Police said the 17-year-old passenger was referred to juvenile court and was released to a guardian.

Friday, November 24th, 2017

A Lawrence County teen suffered injuries, after he crashed his car Tuesday.
According to police reports, at around 7:10AM, 18 year old Logan Furnace, was traveling on Old State Road 37 in a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze when the car left the roadway on the east side and struck several trees. Furnace suffered a fractured arm. Furnace was wearing a seat belt and was cited for operating a vehicle while never having been licensed.

Jasper police charged a Dubois County man after he was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run crash and drunken driving Thanksgiving day. Officers responded to the report of a white Ford Bronco that struck a mailbox on Skyview Drive in Jasper and left the scene at about 4:57 p.m. Officers located the Bronco at the Sternberg’s parking lot on U.S. 231 a short time later. They saw the Bronco leave the parking lot heading southbound on U.S. 231. When they attempted to stop the SUV, police say the driver didn’t stop and attempted to flee. A short pursuit ensued until the Bronco crashed into a parked car in the area of McCrillus and Seventh Street in Jasper. The driver, 56 year old Jonathan Eckstein, of Huntingburg, then left the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot however he was taken into custody in a yard in the area. Eckstein was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital for medical clearance and a blood draw which determined his blood alcohol content was .15 percent.He was charged with Level 6 felony counts of operating while intoxicated and resisting law enforcement as well as misdemeanor counts of leaving the scene of a crash, criminal recklessness and reckless driving. Police booked Eckstein into the Dubois County Jail.

A juvenile is in custody today after a vehicle pursuit ended with his crashing into equipment at a Jasper business Friday morning. The Jasper Police Department was called about a male juvenile taking a 2003 Toyota Matrix from the Baden Strasse area. Police located the vehicle north of Jasper on County Road 500N east of U.S. 231 but the driver attempted to elude them and a pursuit ensued. The vehicle headed south back into Jasper city limits and the pursuit continued until the driver lost control of the car at the 2800 block of Newton Street. The vehicle crashed into all-terrain vehicles at Motorsports by Batteries Now, police said. Authorities then took the juvenile into custody. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

On Tuesday, State troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg went to 1114 Springhouse Lane near Salem to attempt to locate 31 year old Crystal Bryant.
 She had active arrest warrants for her arrest through Clark and Washington Counties for drug related charges and Resisting Law Enforcement.   When officers made contact with Crystal Bryant at her address they also discovered an alleged controlled substance and petitioned the Washington County Superior Court for a search warrant. The search warrant was granted and while searching the residence troopers located approximately five grams of Crystal Methamphetamine, five guns and Paraphernalia in the residence.   Crystal Bryant was arrested on the active arrest warrants and also charged with the new charges of Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia. She was incarcerated at the Washington County Jail awaiting her first court appearance.  This investigation is continuing.

Indiana State Parks is offering a Black Friday discount unlike any other sale you'd find at big-box retailers.   Hoosiers can #optoutside to enjoy the outdoors with discounts and opportunities to win 2018 state park passes and other prizes.  Three Black Friday discounts are available to everyone, although two require downloading a coupon. The discounts only apply to Black Friday, Nov. 24. They are: Free admission to any state park or reservoir that charges gate admission on that day. Download a coupon from the Indiana State Parks Facebook page beginning Nov15. Twenty percent off a meal at an Indiana State Park Inn. Download a coupon from the Indiana State Parks Facebook page beginning Nov. 15.A discount on toboggan rental at Pokagon State Park. Rental will be $13 for 90 minutes instead of the usual $13 per hour. Learn more at tobogganrun.com.

People who visit a state park, state reservoir or state forest recreation area on Black Friday can engage in social media and participate in a scavenger hunt to be entered in drawings for prizes. The drawings are:  Post a photo to the Indiana State Parks Facebook page from your Black Friday visit to be entered into a drawing for annual passes, lake permits and more. Include the hashtag #optoutside or #optoutsideIN.   Post a photo to the Indiana State Parks Facebook page of you and your friends or family camping or staying at an Indiana State Park Inn on Black Friday to be entered into a drawing for camping or inns gift cards. Include the hashtag #optoutside, #optoutsideINN or #optoutsideCAMP with your post. Complete an #optoutside scavenger hunt at stateparks.IN.gov/3282.htm and return it to the email or address on the page to be entered in a separate drawing for 2018 annual passes. Everyone who posts a photo or participates in the scavenger hunt will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a gift pack from the outdoor gear retailer REI in Castleton. The local REI store is a supporter of the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation and Indiana State Parks.Hit the outdoors after you are finished shopping to decompress or just go straight outdoors.Outdoor gear retailer REI started the #optoutside initiative in 2015, announcing it would close its stores on Black Friday to encourage people to experience nature instead of waiting in long lines at cash registers. For more information, visit rei.com/opt-outside.

The Indiana Department of Transportation reminds Hoosiers to travel safely and plan more driving time during the busy Thanksgiving travel holiday. AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving from November 22 through November 26, a 3.3 percent increase over last year. Hoosier Helpers sponsored by State Farm will patrol urban interstates in Indianapolis, Northwest Indiana and Southern Indiana near Louisville during heavy travel periods this holiday.  Most highway maintenance activities and construction projects will halt work this holiday weekend to increase roadway mobility and safety. INDOT directs its contractors to pull back barriers and barricades to the safest extent possible to accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic. Some restrictions will remain in place due to ongoing road construction  

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

The Orleans Town Water Department will be flushing hydrants through Wednesday. This may cause a temporary discoloration of the water.  The water is safe for drinking but may discolor clothes washed in it. Residents should flush their systems by running fixtures, including the washing machine etc. until the water clears.  The town regrets any inconvenience these process may cause, and thanks residents for their patience and cooperation. Questions may be directed to the Orleans Town Offices at (812) 865-2539.

This Thanksgiving will usher in the highest volume of travelers for the week of Nov. 23 in the past five years, according to figures from American Automobile associated.  AAA has projected 51 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home for the holiday.  With this rise in traffic, travel times in some U.S. cities could be as much as three times longer than a normal trip.

If you're looking to buy a live Christmas tree, you may want to do it sooner rather than later.  There's a shortage of Christmas trees all over the country, but it's really hitting one Evansville business hard.  WFIE TV says the owner of Goebel Farms told them all types of live trees are running low, but especially the Fraser Fir trees.  Larry Goebel says his supplier boosted the cost of their tree shipments for the first time in 15 years.  He also says this is the first year they've had to raise the price of the Fraser Fir's out in the field since their supply can't keep up with the demand.  Goebel says everybody wants to go natural, and it takes probably 10 to 15 years to grow the trees.  He says people don't realize that it doesn't just happen overnight.


Monday, November 20th, 2017

A Lawrence County man was arrested early this morning by Bedford police on drug charges.
38 year old Lucan McPherson, Mitchell, was arrested at 12:35 a.m. today on two counts of possession of dealing methamphetamine and two counts of possession of methamphetamine. He was also charged on site with possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe. He is listed in the Bedford Police Department log as living at 4923 State Road 37, but is listed as homeless in the Lawrence County Police Department jail bookings. He was arrested by Bedford Police Department officers at home at 2017 G St.According to Bedford Police, officers attempted to locate McPherson because he was wanted on warrants for the dealing and possession charges and took him into custody after finding him hiding in a closet.For his two dealing and possession of methamphetamine charges, McPherson has a $50,000 surety or $5,000 cash bond. His secondary bond is $755 for his on site charges.

A Dubois County man received the maximum fine allowable for illegally dumping 32 bags of trash into a Dubois County waterway. The Dubois County Commissioners decided to fine Blake Merter of St. Anthony the maximum fine of $1,000 for the dumping and added $375.22 to cover the cost of the county resources used to clean it up. According to Carla Striegel-Winner, director of the Dubois County Solid Waste District, Merter would have had to pay $32 to the waste district to dispose of the trash bags. Since a portion of the trash was recyclable, the cost could have been less since the county doesn’t charge for recyclables. The $32 disposal fee was included in the total Merter was fined.The incident began on August 6 when a resident reported a trash dump along Huntingburg’s First Street near Bruner Creek. When Deputy Tim Lampert responded to the area, he noted it was a large dump and the trash was in the creek. With the recent rain though, Bruner Creek’s water level was up and the trash had been pushed downstream. Conservation officers were able to determine the bags belonged to Merter due to his name being found on pieces of mail inside all the bags dumped. According to Lampert, when he spoke with Merter, the St. Anthony man admitted to dumping the trash. In trash court Monday, Merter apologized for his actions.

Strong wind gusts were reported to be a factor in a Saturday morning crash that injured an Ireland man and totaled his car. 55 year old James A. Michl, of Ireland Indiana, was westbound on State Road 56 in a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix at around 7:55 a.m.when Michl told deputies, a gust of wind caused him to lose control of his vehicle. The National Weather Service in Louisville is reporting that wind gusts reached 39 mph Saturday in Dubois County and hit 50 mph and higher in five Kentucky counties in the office’s coverage area. Deputies said Michl’s car traveled off the northwest corner at the intersection and struck a ditch line. That impact caused the car to roll multiple times before it stopped upright facing south. Michl complained of head and shoulder pain. He was transported by ambulance for treatment at Memorial Hospital. The Ireland Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.

Friday, November 17th, 2017

A routine traffic stop led to a drug arrest in Salem Monday.
According to police reports,Salem City Police initiated a traffic stop on Monday night and was assisted by Washington Police Department Deputy Paul Ginkins and his K-9, Leny. As a result of the investigation, police arrested 37-year-old Elisha R. Rainbolt of Salem on charges of possession of meth, unlawful manufacture distribution or possession with the intent to manufacture a substance represented to be a controlled substance, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Indiana State Police arrested a 25-year-old Bloomington man Tuesday afternoon after he was spotted by police selling drugs. Jacob Tarter was taken into custody on three active felony warrants plus additional charges of dealing heroin, possession of heroin and cocaine and maintaining a common nuisance.Troopers located Tarter in his vehicle at the Ferguson Dog Park on Stone Mill Rd., just north of Bloomington. Police said they viewed him selling drugs and arrested him. Tarter was allegedly found with 9 grams of heroin and a gram of cocaine. He was arrested on charges of dealing heroin, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine and maintaining a common nuisance. Police also learned he was wanted on warrants for a probation violation of original charge of resisting law enforcement, probation violation of original charge of battery and a pretrial release on an original charge of false informing.

The passenger killed in a two vehicle crash Wednesday morning on US231 near Boggs Lake has been identified. 35-year-old John Brett of Shoals was the passenger in the 2008 Dodge Avenger that was struck on US231 near County Road 700 North.  Brett was transported from the scene to Memorial Hospital in Jasper, and later transferred to St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville, where he died as a result of his injuries. At 8:20 A.M. Wednesday, 60-year-old Kevin Sears of Odon was northbound on US231, when for an unknown reason, his 2002 Honda Civic veered into the southbound lane and into the path the Dodge, driven by 29-year-old Zachary Greene of Loogootee.  Sears’s Honda struck Greene’s Avenger, coming to a stop almost immediately.Sears was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Martin County Coroner.  Greene was being treated for injuries to his legs and ankle. All three vehicle occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Two people suffered injuries in a crash on U.S. 50 West Tuesday afternoon.
According To police reports, at around 4:07 p.m., 26 year old Brittany Davis of Shoals said she was driving west on U.S. 50 West, near Clark Cemetery Road, in her tan 1990 Oldsmobile Regency. Using her turn signal, she said she was slowing to turn left into Indian Creek Stone Products when another vehicle, a white 2007 Buick LaCrosse driven by 75 year old Harold Cooper of Shoals, struck the fender on the driver’s side of the vehicle. A witness, who was driving behind Davis, said Davis was slowing down and that Cooper’s vehicle struck hers as she was turning. Cooper told police the vehicle in front of him, which the witness was driving, started slowing down and didn’t have a turn signal on. He said he started to pass the witness’ vehicle, then struck Davis’ car because he didn’t see it. Injured was Brenda Cooper, a passenger in the Buick LaCrosse, she complained of back pain and Davis complained of head pain. Police listed improper passing as the cause of the crash. Davis was cited for not having insurance for her car.

Locks to the doors at Eagle Pointe Golf Resort were changed Monday as the golf course, restaurant and pro shop are now closed until further notice. A U.S. trustee, who now manages the 131-acre property, directed Pointe Service Association to oversee the winterizing of the golf course and facilities, as well as the lock changes. The homeowners association represents 19 villages with about 900 total residents near the golf resort on Lake Monroe. The business declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September less than a year after purchasing Eagle Pointe Golf Resort for $1.4 million in December 2016. A judge converted the bankruptcy to Chapter 7 or liquidation bankruptcy on Nov. 2. A court trustee, Indianapolis lawyer Deborah Caruso, was appointed by the Southern District of Indiana’s U.S. Bankruptcy Court following the hearing in the bankruptcy case of Eagle Pointe’s owner Pointe Properties. A meeting to discuss the next legal steps in the bankruptcy case with the trustee, business and creditor representatives is set for December 19 in Indianapolis.

A vehicle reported stolen Monday morning in Jasper, has been located in a neighboring county. It had been abandoned and police have no suspects in the case. The black 1999 GMC Jimmy SUV was stolen from the area of 7th and Anderson streets in Jasper between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m on Monday. This is the most recent of several vehicle thefts the Jasper Police Department has investigated. According to Chief Nathan Schmitt, the keys had been left in the vehicles in all these cases. The department issued a reminder to the public to remove keys and lock the doors of their vehicles when parked.

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

A Paoli man led Martin County Police in a chase, in a vehicle and on foot. On Tuesday, At 10:40 a.m. police received a call from a concerned citizen regarding the department's Facebook post about a theft in their area. The post contained the description of the suspect and the vehicle involved  The citizen told police there was a truck matching the description in the Facebook post on Hickory Ridge Road.  A short time later Sergeant Keith Keller, Captain Tony Dant, and Sheriff Travis Roush arrived in the area. Sergeant Keller observed the truck on Hickory Ridge Road approaching McBride's Bluff Road. Captain Dant and Sergeant Keller proceeded in the direction of the truck. The driver pulled into a driveway and began to drive in the opposite direction.  Captain Dant and Sergeant Keller attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver refused to stop. The driver proceeded to County Farm Road where Sheriff Roush was blocking the intersection. The driver was able to steer the truck around Sheriff Roush's police car and continued southwest on Hickory Ridge Road. Then turned south on State Road 450 towards Shoals.Sergeant Keller and Captain Dant attempted to get the driver to stop before approaching US 50, but were unable to do so. At the intersection of State Road 450 and US 50, the truck turned east on US 50 and entered Shoals.  In Shoals Town limits, the truck attempted to pass an eastbound semi in a no passing zone. The driver saw a westbound semi and darted the truck in between them. The truck struck the left front of the eastbound semi and continued into the RJ's parking lot. The crash caused the right rear tire of the truck to go flat. The driver drove through pump area, and turned southeast onto US 150. As the truck passed east of Boyd Hollow Road on US 150, Sergeant Keller and Captain Dant were able to box the truck in and slow it down. The driver swerved to the left in an attempt to get around the police trucks causing the driver to lose control of the truck and spin out.  The driver got out of the truck and fled on foot, through a creek, into and around a residence. Sheriff Roush, Sergeant Keller, and Captain Dant caught up to the individual and he was arrested.The driver was identified as 24-year-old Devan K. Nelson of Paoli. He was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, possession of meth, resisting law enforcement, theft and leaving the scene of an accident.

As efforts are made to increase the area’s population, an already stretched Jasper Police Department is seeking ways to add officers to respond to the increasing number of calls for service.  The drive for increasing housing options in the area was deemed as necessary to increase the population to support Dubois County’s burgeoning corporations and their employee needs. However, those rising population numbers will require more officers and first responders. In Jasper, the need is apparent now, according to Chief Nathan Schmitt and Mayor Terry Seitz.  According to Seitz, the police department’s 22-officer force is lower than police departments in comparable cities in the state.   In addition to the expected population growth, Jasper is also a micropolitan city—an urban labor market that draws workers in from the surrounding areas. This increases the normal population of the city to about 20,000. With a department that on a given 12-hour shift fields four road officers, or one for every 4,000 city residents, increasing the population by 5,000 during the days can stretch them even thinner.

National Gypsum Shoals plant received a world class award in Krakow, Poland last month when it was named Global Gypsum “Plant of the year”.  The Shoals plant tied with the Mr. Holly, North Carolina Gupsum Plant in the award presented the last week of October at the Global Gypsum Conference.  The Shoals plant opened in 1955 and employs 76 people.

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Two Daviess County residents were killed in an accident Monday night at US 50 and State Road 57, south of Washington.  According to Daviess County Police, a semi tractor-trailer t-boned a passenger car at the intersection.  Police say Brett Ramsey, of Wheatland, was traveling eastbound on US 50 in a 2006 Freightliner and struck a 2012 Toyota Prius driven by Marilyn Mattes who was traveling southbound on State Road 57.  Marilyn Mattes and her granddaughter Katilyn Mattes, both of Washington were pronounced dead at the scene.  Ramsey who was also injured and was taken by ambulance to Daviess Community Hospital for treatment.   The accident remains under investigation.

A Dubois County man who is serving a 36 year sentence in the Indiana Department of Corrections on a Gibson County case is now facing similar charges of molestation and incest in Dubois County.   47-year-old Timothy Schieve  was brought back to Dubois County on Wednesday on a warrant on two felony counts of child molesting and two felony counts of incest.  Schieve is accused of molesting a young girl at his home in Huntingburg and Oakland City between January of 2010 and March of 2014. The female told her mother about the incidents and she reported it to the Huntingburg Police in July 2016.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is directing flags in Daviess County to be flown at half-staff to honor Kendall Murphy, a volunteer firefighter with the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department. Murphy died in the line of duty while responding to a vehicle accident.  Murphy, a member of the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department, was killed Friday night at the scene of a crash along Old Highway 50, just west of County Road 100 South.  Murphy was struck and killed by a pick-up truck driven by 26-year-old Colby Blake of Cannelburg. Blake, a fellow volunteer firefighter, has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and reckless driving. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Simon J. Graber Complex. Burial will follow in Providence Mennonite Cemetery. 

Monday, November 13th, 2017

A man was found dead in his vehicle in the 3800 block of Tunnelton Road Saturday morning.
According to Lawrence County Chief Deputy Aaron Shoults, officers were called by the home owner at 5:47 a.m. after a report of a suspicious white Pontiac Grand Am parked in their driveway with an unresponsive person inside the vehicle. When police arrived they found someone had attempted to change a damaged tire on the vehicle and also found damage to the front passenger side. Inside was found a 24-year-old male dead in the driver's seat of the vehicle. According to Chief Deputy Aaron Shoults, Preliminary investigation shows that the male died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot. Officers did locate damage to a utility pole and concrete culvert in the 3700 block of Tunnelton Road and believe for some unknown reason the man had ran off the road there and then stopped to fix the damaged tire. At this time a Detective has been assigned to the case and is following up information and there will be no other information released until this report is complete.

The Martin County Sheriff's Department is investigating a recent theft and needs the public's help. At approximately 8:03 am this/Monday morning, a theft of articles from a vehicle was reported. A short male, with a scruffy beard and short red hair, was found taking articles out of a disabled vehicle on West River Road. He was approached by the owner of the vehicle, and words were exchanged. The suspect fled South on West River Road towards Shoals. He was driving an older model blue Chevy S10 pickup. The vehicle has flaking paint on it. The vehicle is a late 80's to mid 90's model. Anyone with any information, or sees this vehicle is asked to contact the Martin County Sheriff's Department at 812-247-3726.

The Orleans High School Spell Bowl Bulldogs finished among the top six statewide in their class earning a spot in the state finals at West Lafayette this Saturday
. The 33rd annual contest will begin at 11 a.m. in the Loeb Playhouse on the Purdue University campus. Members of the team include Hunter Morgan, Jailynne Radcliff, Caty Carlisle, Makenna Purlee, Makenna Hall, Mackenzie Freed, Michael Reid, Jace Roach, Dylan Reid, John McFarland and Nicholas Hester. Coaches are Kristina Hole and Leah Morgan.

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Two people were injured in a two-car accident Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of State Road 37 and State Road 60 West in Mitchell.
According to a report from the Mitchell Police Department, 56 year old Deirdre Wyman, of Hardinsburg, was southbound on State Road 37 in a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander. As she was crossing the intersection with a green light at State Road 60 West, 62 year old James Russell, of Mitchell, crossed in front of her in his 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, disregarding the red light. Wyman said she applied the brakes but could not avoid a collision. Both were transported to a local hospital, with Wyman suffering chest pain and Russell suffering neck pain.

A driver suffered head injuries after her vehicle was struck from behind at the intersection of State Road 37 and Patton Hill Road Thursday evening. According to a report from the Lawrence County Police Department, Sgt. Andy Blackburn of the department was blocking the intersection with a police vehicle at 6:18 p.m. for a funeral escort. 56 year old Donna Carson, of Heltonville, was southbound on State Road 37 when she saw Blackburn activate his emergency lights. She quickly applied the brakes to the 2008 Chrysler Sebring she was driving. 51 year old David Morgan, of English, was driving behind Carson in his 2001 Peterbilt 385 truck when Carson abruptly stopped. Morgan was unable to apply his brakes in time and collided with Carson’s vehicle. Carson was taken to IU Health Hospital with complaints of head pain. Morgan suffered no injuries.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

The French Lick Resort will host the American Veterans Traveling Tribute and the Traveling Vietnam Wall starting today through Sunday.
The wall is an 80 percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Every name that is on the original wall is also on the traveling wall. It’s the same wall that visited Mitchell in September 2016. The wall can be seen on the front lawn of the French Lick casino. The memorial includes names of soldiers from Lawrence County, which includes people from Bedford, Mitchell, Heltonville and other locations in the county. The tribute began in 1998, so people who want to see the memorial don’t have to make a trip all the way to D.C.

The driver charged in a wreck that claimed the lives of three members of a Newburgh family was sentenced to a 15-year prison term Wednesday.
20-year-old Mason Hartke of Jasper appeared in Greene County Superior Court and pleaded guilty to three counts of causing death while operating a motor vehicle intoxicated. Judge Dena Martin sentenced Hartke to five years on each count, ordering 1.5 years of each sentence suspended to probation. Hartke also was recommended for the Indiana Department of Correction's purposeful incarceration program, an intensive therapeutic regimen to address addiction issues and prepare inmates for re-entry into society. The guilty plea came during a lengthy court hearing nearly a year after the crash on Interstate 69 in Greene County that killed 46-year-old David Rinehart, 74-year-old Ruth Rinehart, and 17-year-old Sophie Rinehart.

The state is moving ahead with logging in Yellowwood State Forest. A logging company bought the rights to 1,700 trees Thursday for just over $100,000. The Department of Natural Resources says crews will target trees that have been damaged by disease and insects. There's no word yet on when the trees will be removed.

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

The French Lick Resort will host the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Traveling Vietnam Wall from Thursday, November 9 to Sunday, November 12 for Veteran’s Day weekend.  The traveling wall tours the country to pay tribute to men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. Every name on the original Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, D.C. is etched on the traveling wall, which spans the length of a football field and is an 80 percent scale of the original.  Rubbings may be taken with provided wall rubbing sheets. The wall will be lit at night and open 24 hours for display.  A special ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 9 that will include a wreath laying, 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps

A Bedford man was killed Monday afternoon in a single vehicle crash on US 50 near Shoals.  At 3:30 PM Monday, 33-year-old Eric Gootee was driving a 2008 Kenworth truck eastbound on US 50 near Rama Dye Road (two miles west of Shoals) when a large tree on the south side of the highway fell across the roadway and into the path of Gootee’s truck.  The tree hit the truck in the windshield and passenger compartment, impacting Gootee.  Gootee was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Martin County Coroner.   US 50 was closed for over two hours while the crash was investigated and the scene was cleared.

It’s Fall,, and the time for warnings of more deer activity on Highways and County Roads.   The Washington County Sheriff's Department has investigated twenty automobile accidents in the past five days and twelve of those accidents were car/deer accidents. Five of those car/deer accidents occurred between Thursday morning and Friday morning. According to the insurance industry and recent studies:   There are about 1.6 million reported car/deer accidents a year and the majority of car/deer accidents occur between October and December and between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. 

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Billie Deel, Orange County Treasurer, reminds residents that property taxes are due on Monday, November 13th.    The office will be closed on Friday, November 10th.  There is a drop box located on the west side of the Orange County Complex for your convenience of dropping off your payment. 

Storms were prevailent in our area yesterday as a cold front approached the area.  A tornado touched down around 1:45pm in the Springville are of Lawrence County, turning over a couple of mobile homes, taking out trees and power lines and damaging some homes.  A radar tornado was issued as well for an area north of Paoli near Orleans and reports of a touchdown in Salem as well last night.  Damage was done to cars at Eddie Gilstrap motors, as well as downed trees and wind damage to the town. 

The trial for a Salem man accused of a double murder is set to begin today.Joe Hambel is accused of killing 37-year-old Valerie Dicus and 36-year-old Joseph Hobson in August 2016.   Alleged murderer Joe Hamble told police that he killed 36-year-old Joseph Hobson and 37-year-old Valerie Dicus with a .32 caliber handgun saying that 'he just took care of one of Washington County's biggest drug problems.According to a probable cause affidavit, Hambel, of Salem, drove to a home at 304 West Small Street, Apartment 13 during the early morning hours of Aug. 19, 2016 because he believed Hobson and Dicus, who is related to Hambel, were dealing drugs.  Dicus died of a single gunshot wound and Hobson died of multiple gunshot wounds. Hambel told police he accidentally shot Dicus.  Hambel was arrested by the Indiana State Police the evening of August 20th and charged with two counts of murder.  The trial is set to begin today..  If convicted Hambel could face up to 65 years in jail on each murder charge. 

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Dubois County Deputies are asking for witnesses to a crash that occurred near Bretzville Junction this morning at about 5:10 a.m. to come forward.
According to police reports, 58 year old Vickie Wirthein, of Huntingburg, was eastbound on State Road 64 in a 2000 Chrysler Town & Country van attempting to turn north on State Road 162 when her van was struck by a 2002 Toyota Tacoma driven by 52 year old Kent Sillings, of Marengo. There were about $5000 to $10,000 in damages and the incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department at 812-482-3522.

A Dubois County man apparently passed out while driving and ran into a light pole near German American Bank in Jasper Thursday afternoon. Jasper officers were called to the intersection of 8th and Newton streets at about 1 p.m. for the report of a vehicle crash. Witnesses at the scene told officers that 24 year old Darrin Dupont, of Jasper, appeared to be passed out at the wheel of a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero as it went through the four lanes of traffic on Newton Street at a slow rate of speed before stopping on the sidewalk against a light post in the German American Bank parking lot. When officers arrived, they found Dupont awake and alert. He consented to a search of his vehicle. During the search, officers located a can of compressed air under the driver’s seat and police said it was still cold from being recently discharged. According to police, Dupont admitted to huffing just prior to the crash. Dupont was charged with operating while intoxicated, inhaling toxic vapors and driving while suspended and was booked into the Dubois County Security Jail. Police reported there were very minimal damages as a result of the crash.

A report early Tuesday of a truck with substantial damage left parked behind a gas station and convenience store on Ferdinand’s south side led police to make an arrest. Ferdinand Police responded to the location in the 400 block of South Main Street at 2 a.m. and found a damaged 2009 GMC pickup truck that had collected weeds and barbed wire in an apparent accident that had even flattened tires. While investigating, police received a report that there had been a male who had appeared intoxicated who was spotted going to the hotel next door. Police made contact with 46 year old Jeremy Hart, of Tennyson, in his hotel room and reported that Hart initially supplied a false name and date of birth. He then failed field sobriety testing and had a blood alcohol content that tested .126 percent. Police also said Hart’s driver’s license was found to be suspended with a status of habitual traffic violator. Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputies who arrived to assist Ferdinand police reported finding damage at a solar farm along I-64 that may have been caused by the truck.
After being treated for intoxication at Jasper Memorial Hospital, Hart was booked into the Dubois County Jail. His charges include a Level 5 felony count of driving while classified as a habitual traffic violator for life and misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated and false informing. Hart had just posted a $1,500 bond last Friday after being arrested on identical habitual traffic violator and impaired driving charges in Dubois County. That previous arrest by the Huntingburg Police Department occurred Wednesday, Oct. 25, after authorities received a report of an impaired and/or reckless driver. The 2005 Dodge Durango driven by Hart at that time was stopped at Sunset Drive and Main Street.

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

A tractor-trailer hauling hogs lost its load as it rolled over at a livestock market east of Huntingburg Thursday morning.
According to police reports, 53 year old Leonard Gogel, of Birdseye, was driving a 2008 Kenworth Semi-Tractor pulling a load of hogs to the Wilson Market at about 7:26 a.m. As he turned north from State Road 64 into the Market’s drive, the trailer went off the gravel area into the soft shoulder and turned over onto its side. Dubois County Deputies estimated the damages were about $25,000. Dubois County Sheriff Department was assisted by Indiana State Police, Huntingburg Fire Department and Storks Wrecker Service.

Jasper Police arrested a Dubois County man on several drug charges after they received reports of a vehicle driving recklessly through the city Tuesday afternoon. Officers were notified by a concerned citizen that a vehicle was speeding and swerving while driving through the city at about 2:30 p.m. A short time later, police located the vehicle at Sternberg’s. During the investigation, police determined the driver, 38 year old Michael Burnette, 38, of Jasper had several controlled substances. Officers located narcotics, marijuana, methamphetamine and paraphernalia. Burnette was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of paraphernalia. He was booked into the Dubois County Jail and the vehicle was towed by a Sternberg’s wrecker. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department also assisted.

Multiple suspects are being charged with felony burglary and theft in connection with a burglary last month at the Circle A Fast Break in St. Anthony. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department received a report of an overnight burglary at the 2759 S. St. Anthony Road North convenience store at 5:13 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3. Video surveillance footage showed someone unlocking the front door of the business with a key just after midnight, according to court documents. The person then entered and punched in a pass code to deactivate the alarm system. Court documents indicate the burglar also had a pass code to a safe. Cash in the amount of $1,097.81 and 11 packs of Camel cigarettes were reported stolen. On Oct. 16, the sheriff’s department’s investigation ultimately led to 38 year old Frank Frye, of Eckerty and his girlfriend, 29 year old Brittany Schepers, Schepers was an employee at the Fast Break. On Oct. 24, a summons was issued in Dubois Circuit Court notifying Schepers that she needed to be in court Nov. 6 to answer to a Level 5 felony count of aiding, inducing or causing burglary and a Level 6 felony count of aiding, inducing or causing burglary. A warrant was also issued Oct. 24 in Circuit Court charging Frye with those same two charges: a Level 5 felony count of aiding, inducing or causing burglary and a Level 6 felony count of aiding, inducing or causing burglary. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department developed information that Frye could be located in Jasper County, Indiana, so, after the Dubois County warrant was issued, a call was placed to the Rensselaer Police Department. Rensselaer officers who executed the warrant and took Frye into custody charged him with a misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement in Jasper County. Dubois County jail staff brought Frye to the Dubois County Jail Wednesday. Police expect to make an additional arrest in the case.

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

On Friday, November 17, 2017 the Indiana Association of School Principals
(IASP) will recognize William (Jeff ) Scalf, former Assistant Principal at Orleans Jr/Sr High School in Orleans, Indiana, as the 2017 Assistant Principal from IASP District 12.
   District 12 is located in southwest Indiana and is made up of Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Jefferson, Ohio, Orange, Scott, Switzerland and Washington Counties.   The recognition ceremony is a part of the 2017 Assistant Principals of the Year Recognition Celebration, a part of IASP’s annual Assistant Principal’s Conference.  The award will be presented at a luncheon at the Indianapolis Marriott IASP with Executive Director, Todd Bess and IASP Vice President, Elizabeth Walters presiding.  District Assistant Principals of the Year are elected by their peers. One principal is honored from each of the 12 districts.  From these 12 District Assistant Principal winners, one will be announced as the 2017 State Assistant Principal of the Year at the luncheon.  The Indiana Association of School Principals is a not-for-profit, professional association serving over 2700 building level administrators in the state of Indiana.  William Scalf passed away this past spring, but Christopher Stevens, principal at Orleans, can be contacted at his school, at (812) 865-2688.

BEDFORD) - Lawrence County inmates currently can only eat items purchased out of the vending machines in the commissary area, because several inmates have been flushing the wrappers from items they purchase and take back to the cell block down the toilets clogging the city's sewer lines.  Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham told the Commissioners on Tuesday morning that  "For the next couple of weeks inmates will not be able to take any items that have wrappers on them back to the cell blocks because of this on-going problem.”   Sheriff Branham is looking into installing grinders in their sewer systems to address the problem.  Sheriff Branham says the blockage has occurred several times this year and many times the blockage has been found blocks away from the jail.  As of Tuesday morning there were 193 inmates in the jail. Of those 45 were females, 21, Level 6 felons and there were no Department of Correction holds.

On Saturday, October 28, 2017 the Indiana State Police participated in the fourteenth nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiative sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA.) The “Take Back” initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft.   Collection sites were set up nationwide for expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs to be turned in for destruction.  This program is intended for liquid and pill medications.  The Indiana State Police set up collections sites at every post (except the Toll Road.)  The Indianapolis post collected 253 pounds of medications between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.  1,038 pounds were collected statewide. 






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