Monday. April 19, 2021
A child was injured after his bicycle was hit by a car on Sunday at the intersection of I and 22nd streets in Bedford. According to a Bedford Police report, around 3:49 p.m.79 year old Sharon Kern of Bedford was stopped at I and 22nd streets in her 2016 silver Ford Escape. She traveled forward and turned her head after she heard a dog barking and looked at the dog. At that time she struck a bicycle that was being ridden by 8 year old Lee Hunter of Bedford. According to Hunter, he was riding down the hill on 22nd Street and did not stop at the stop sign because he could not see any cars and rode into the path of Kern. Hunter was transported by ambulance to IU Health Hospital after suffering minor bleeding to his arm and knee.
Friday, April 16th, 2021
Dozens of families gathered in a conference room at a Holiday Inn Express & Suites early this morning, where they waited for information about their loved ones after a mass shooting at a Fed-ex building in Indianapolis. Eight people were found dead and multiple others wounded on the southwest side late Thursday at this FedEx warehouse. IMPD spokesperson Genae Cook told reporters in an overnight briefing that several other victims were raced to hospitals, at least one in critical condition, with gunshot wounds and other injuries. Cook said it appears the shooter took his own life. She said it wasn't clear whether he was an employee or what his motive might have been. Cook stated, "Chaplains are there to assist families." She called the shooting "very heartbreaking" and "a tragedy."
A Lawrence County woman was arrested last Friday, after an Indiana State Police Excise Trooper stopped a black 2001 Toyota parked at Big Red Liquors on 16th Street in Bedford. According to police reports, the excise officer observed Brandon Tabor, of Springville, exit the vehicle and enter the store. He returned aftermaking a purchase. A female, identified as 31-year-old Jade Tabor, of Springville remained in the passenger seat. The officer followed the vehicle as it left the store on Becky Skillman Way and stopped the vehicle at John Williams Boulevard. The driver, Brandon Tabor, was not wearing his seat belt and failed to use his turn signal at least 200 feet before making his turn which is required by law. Following the stop, Bedford Police canine Maximus was called to the scene and alerted officers to possible drugs in the vehicle. Brad Tabor admitted there was a metal THC pipe in the vehicle. In Jade Tabor’s purse officers found a pill bottle containing tramadol, a controlled substance and two different prescriptions of gabapentin, a legend drug. Jade Tabor was arrested on charges of possession of a legend drug, possession of a controlled substance. The pills and paraphernalia were seized as evidence. Brandon Tabor was issued a summons to appear in court on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and a citation for failure to signal 200 feet before turning and was released from the scene.
Thursday afternoon, Indiana State were notified that a South Bend murder suspect, was possibly in Bloomington. According to State Police, 19 year old Lance Dawson Jr of South Bend was possibly hiding out in Bloomington. Dawson, who was wanted on an active homicide-murder warrant that was issued on April 7th from St. Joseph County, had been tracked to the emergency room at IU Health Bloomington by utilizing various investigative techniques. While conducting surveillance, troopers observed Dawson and two other males exit the hospital and get into a 2004 BMW sport utility vehicle. As the BMW exited the emergency room parking garage, troopers pulled directly behind the vehicle, while other troopers and South Bend Police officers surrounded it. A high risk stop was conducted in the parking lot of the hospital before the BMW could get onto a busy city street where a pursuit would have been extremely dangerous to the public. Dawson, who was in the backseat and armed with a handgun, complied with officer commands and was taken into custody without incident, he was then taken into custody, and transported him back to St. Joseph County.
Thursday, April 15th, 2021
On Wednesday, Detectives from the Indiana State Police Organized Crime and Corruption Unit arrested 38 year old Jeremy Crane of Bedford, following an investigation into official misconduct that allegedly occurred on October 3, 2020, in Lawrence County. The investigation started when Bedford Chief of Police, Terry Moore, contacted the Indiana State Police after becoming suspicious about the collection of evidence during an investigation by Crane. Upon the conclusion of the investigation by Detective Craig Starr, all findings were turned over to a Special Prosecutor for review. As a result, Senior Prosecuting Attorney, David Thomas, filed the following two charges in Lawrence County Court of Official Misconduct (False Reporting), Official Misconduct (Obstruction of Justice). Crane was taken into custody without incident and incarcerated in the Lawrence County Jail.
Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
Firefighters battled a reported mulch and equipment fire at a Mitchell business on Monday. Firefighters from Marion Township and Huron Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire that was reported at 4:42 p.m. on Monday at American Fibertech Corporation on Fleenor Road in Mitchell. The caller reported a front end loader was on fire on top of a mulch pile. Upon arrival Firefighters deployed an attack line to extinguish the fire. A second attack line was utilized because of the fire extending into the mulch pile. According to firefighters, the fire didn’t spread very fast as crews were able to get in front of the fire and get it knocked down quickly. Marion Township VFD Responded with seven apparatus and 19 firefighters and Huron VFD responded with two apparatus and four firefighters. Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department was placed on standby to provide tanker support. Firefighters remained on scene until 6:16 p.m. to make sure the mulch pile and the front-end loader were extinguished. The front end loader was determined as a complete loss and a Seals ambulance crew also responded to the scene.
Two Mitchell people were arrested after police were called to Rural King in Bedford after a report of possible drug activity on Monday. An employee at Old National Bank in Bedford called police reporting two people in a vehicle in the bank drive-through doing drugs. The vehicle then left the bank and traveled to the parking lot of Rural King. Police located the vehicle and identified the two people in the vehicle as 41 year old Kesha Deckard and 58 year old Kim Blevins. According to police, both appeared nervous and denied there were any drugs in the vehicle. A search of Blevins’ by police found a baggie that contained crystal meth. A search of the vehicle resulted in police finding a folded $10 bill with crystal meth inside it, A syringe along with a pill bottle containing a controlled substance. Police also found a tire valve cover that contained a blue rubber glove with crystal meth inside. Both Deckard and Belvins were arrested on a charge of possession of meth and Deckard was also charged with unlawful possession of a syringe.
Police arrested a Bedford teen on Monday and found another teen dead in Bedford. According to Bedford Police, officers received a report that two brothers that were ages 16 and 17 had run away from home in the 1110 block of 25th Street in Bedford. Around 6:30 p.m. on Monday officers received word that two guns had been taken from the juvenile’s home. During the investigation police learned that the 16 year old was staying at a residence in the county. Officers went to the home in the 130 block of Rawlins Mill Road in Bedford where the 16 year old male was located along with one of the stolen guns. The juvenile was taken to the Bedford Police Department were he gave police information that helped in locating the 17-year-old brother. The 16 year old was charged with failing to report a dead body within three hours of discovery, theft of a firearm, and runaway. At 1:00 a.m Tuesday morning, police searched a wooded area where they located the dead body of the 17 year-old missing teen. The case is still under investigation and no criminal activity is suspected by police.
Tuesday, April 13th, 2021
On Monday, a joint investigation involving the Indiana State Police Bloomington District Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Section, Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section, and the Bedford Police Department culminated in a methamphetamine dealing arrest of 37 year old Andrew Rankin of Bedford. After police had received information that methamphetamine was allegedly being dealt out of a residence in the 1500 block of 6 ½ Street in Bedford. Officers were able to confirm illegal drug activity was taking place. Plainclothes officers observed Rankin, who had active felony arrest warrants through Lawrence County, in the yard of the residence. As officers were approaching the driveway, Rankin ran toward the residence and entered through a garage door. Officers gave chase and Rankin was then placed into custody, police observed suspected drugs and paraphernalia lying in plain view. Detectives applied for and obtained a search warrant. Upon execution of the search warrant, officers located approximately 10 grams of methamphetamine which was packaged for sale, an ounce of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and other items associated with dealing drugs. Rankin was incarcerated at the Lawrence County Jail on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deal, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Bedford Police arrested two people on Saturday after a traffic stop occurred on State Road 37 in Bedford. A Bedford police officer pulled over the driver near Bell Back Road on State Road 37 for speeding and unsafe lane changes. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 41 year old Kory Foddrill and the passenger was identified as 34 year old Teela Mitternight. Foddrill did not give permission for police to search the vehicle but Mitternight did, who is the owner of the vehicle. Lawrence County Sheriff's Department K9 Dusty was called in and alerted police to drugs in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle resulted in police finding a baggie of crystal meth, a plastic baggie and a black container containing three different types of a controlled substance. Foddrill and Mitternight were then arrested on charges of possession of meth and possession of a legend drug. Mitternight faces an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance. Both Foddrill and Mitternight are currently on probation on a prior drug conviction.
Friday, April 9th, 2021
A Bedford woman was taken to the hospital after a two vehicle crash that occurred on R and 15th streets in Bedford. According to a Bedford Police Department report, Around 7:41 a.m. on Thursday, 32 year old Timber Tarr of Bedford was traveling south on R Street in a 2019 Ford Edge. At that time, 84 year old Shirley Burch of Bedford was driving west on 15th Street in a 2008 Toyota Highlander and approaching R Street. According to Tarr, Burch did not stop at the stop sign before heading into the intersection. Tarr also said she sounded her horn, applied her brakes and swerved to avoid Burch but was unable to avoid the collision. Tarr’s car then collided with Burch causing damage to both vehicles. The crash then pushed Burch’s vehicle into a utility pole. Tarr was not injured in the incident and Burch suffered pain and swelling to her left hand. She was taken to IU Health Hospital by ambulance for treatment. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.
Wednesday, April 7th, 2021
Two women were arrested Monday after a their vehicle was stopped by police for traveling the wrong way on a one-way street. On Monday an officer spotted a silver Chevrolet traveling the wrong way while traveling east on 16th Street. The vehicle had an out of state license plate and the officer met with the driver to see if they needed any assistance. The driver was identified as 40 year old Donna Staggs of Eaton, Ohio. Police later learned that Staggs had a suspended driver’s license and was wanted on a warrant in Ohio. Police also spoke with the passenger in the vehicle identified as 43 year old Annie Clevenger of Mitchell. There was also a 4-year-old female child in the vehicle. The officer were able to learn that Staggs had a marijuana cigarette in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle by police found a baggie containing crystal meth and another marijuana cigarette. The child that was in the vehicle was picked up by a family member. Both women were arrested on charges of possession of meth in the presence of a minor and possession of marijuana.
An Oolitic man was arrested Monday after police were called to a Bedford hotel for a report of a domestic dispute. Police received a report of a domestic dispute at the Bedford Quality Inn on Monday . When police arrived at the hotel they were met by a man who told police a woman and her child were hiding from a man identified as 41 year old Jeremy Hutchens of Oolitic. The man then took police to a window where they could see Hutchens yelling at the woman. The officer made contact with Hutchens, who then began yelling at the officer. Police told Hutchens numerous times to stop yelling and they had to draw their taser before Hutchens finally complied. Hutchens was asked to leave the property immediately in which Hutchens refused and became angry and began yelling again. Police had to forcefully place Hutchens into custody and he continued to be combative and resisted. He was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing.
Tuesday, April 6th, 2021
An Orleans man was arrested after police were called to a Bedford hotel on Sunday after a request was made for a welfare check. On Sunday police were requested to do a welfare check on three children at the Bedford Quality Inn. When police at the hotel a woman answered the door with a man was lying on the bed. The woman informed police that she had an active protective order against the male who was in the room who was identified as 38 year old Timothy Fortner of Orleans. She told police she was not pressing charges. A teenage girl then told police that Fortner just exited the room through a back door. Fortner was then located outside on the other side of the hotel and he was detained by police Police also learned Fortner was also wanted on an Orange County warrant. He was arrested on the warrant and with a charge of invasion of privacy.
Two people were hurt in a two vehicle collision on Monday at 8:02 a.m. on East Oolitic Road near the intersection of Aurora Ann Lane in Bedford. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department report, 23 year old Sarah Lucas was traveling east on Oolitic Road in a 2015 Kia Forte in Bedford. At that time 17 year old Brystin Brown was traveling west on East Oolitic Rd in a 2006 Pontiac G6. The two vehicles collided head on at the top of the hill and both drivers crashed into each other. After the collision, Lucas’s vehicle struck a mailbox before stopping in the roadway and Brown’s vehicle struck a utility pole. Lucas suffered an abrasion to her knee and foot and refused medical treatment. According to Brown's family, he suffered two broken hips, a fractured pelvis, a ruptured spleen, and collapsed lung. Brown was taken to the hospital and then transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. The investigation is still ongoing.
Monday, April 5th, 2021
A Narcotics Investigation lead by Officers with the Washington Police Department and the DEA Task Force ended early Saturday morning with the arrest of 4 individuals and the seizure of more than one quarter pound of Crystal Methamphetamine. At 02:40 AM Saturday morning, a Trooper with the Indiana State Police conducted a traffic stop on a 2000 Dodge Intrepid for traffic violations in West Baden. The vehicle was occupied by 33 year old Jordan Burch, 52 year old Richard Smith, 54 year old Ruth Adams, and 43 year old Tiffany Veilleux all of Loogootee. Burch was wanted on a Daviess County Felony warrant for Possession of a Narcotic Drug and found to be in possession of 146 grams of Meth, Heroin, Controlled Substance Pills, and Marijuana. All occupants in the vehicle were arrested. Burch was charged with Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Syringe, and the Daviess County Warrant. Smith was charged with OVWI Refusal and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. Adams and Veilleux were both charged with Visiting a Common Nuisance. Assisting in the investigation were the Indiana State Police, Daviess County Sheriff's Office, Martin County Sheriff's Office, Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office, Orange County Sheriff's Office, Dubois County Sheriff's Office, French Lick Police Department, and the West Baden Police Department.
On Saturday, Indiana State Police Jasper Post All Crimes Policing Team and the Spencer County Sheriff Department conducted a patrol in northern Spencer County. Police stopped a white 1999 Pontiac passenger car in Dale, which officers had received information that the driver, 39 year old Dennis Sipes II of Shoals was a Habitual Traffic Violator with a lifetime suspension. During the traffic stop, police located methamphetamine on Sipes. Police became suspicious that Sipes may be involved in drug activity at that Baymont hotel in Dale. Police then went to the Baymont hotel and located 27 year old Kaci Newport of Washington and her juvenile daughter. While speaking to Newport, Troopers discovered that she was in possession of illegal narcotics. Troopers found that Newport had a bag that contained what is believed to be methamphetamine and marijuana. During further investigation, it was determined that the drugs belonged to Sipes. The Indiana Department of Child Services assisted Indiana State Police and the Spencer County Sheriff Department. Sipes was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, C Misdemeanor, Being a Habitual Traffic Violator and Possession of Methamphetamine. Newport was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Neglect of a Dependent, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Friday, April 2nd, 2021
On Wednesday in the Orange County Circuit Court, 35 year old Joseph Cole of Orleans was sentenced to 100 years in prison after being found guilty on two counts of child molesting as Level 1 Felonies and two counts of child molesting as Level 4 Felonies. The trial concluded on March 3rd and Cole was sentenced to 50 years for Count 3, Child Molesting as a Level 1 Felony and an additional 50 years on Count 4, Child Molesting as a Level 1 Felony. The investigation began on September 1st, 2019, when the Indiana State Police were dispatched to East State Road 56 in Paoli regarding a possible child molest. Two females who were present and identified themselves as mothers of the alleged victims. The women reported they had let their children stay overnight with Cole at his residence in Orleans. According to the probable cause affidavit, three children spent the night with Cole, and the allegations made included inappropriate touching in a sexual manner. The victims, including children ages 7 and 5. On September 3rd, 2019, all three children were interviewed and each described graphic and inappropriate sexual acts by Cole. Cole admitted to inappropriately exposing himself to and touching the girls. Cole was arrested and charged with two counts of Child Molesting as Level 1 Felonies and two counts of Child Molesting as Level 4 felonies. Cole's sentences will run consecutively, for a total of 100 years in the Indiana Department of Correction. He was also determined to be a credit restricted felon, which means he will be required to serve at least 85% of the sentence, and a sexually violent predator.
Thursday, April 1st, 2021
On Wednesday at 2:25 a.m., Dubois County Sheriff's Department responded to a single-vehicle crash on State Road 161 near Holland in Dubois County. An Indiana State Police Crash Reconstructionist also responded to the scene. A preliminary investigation showed that a 2014 Volvo Semi-tractor trailer was traveling southbound on State Road 161 when the vehicle left the traveled portion of the roadway for unknown reasons. The vehicle came to final rest on the east side of the road after striking several trees. The driver 45 year old James Daniel Burchell Jr. of Washington was the only occupant of the vehicle and was declared dead at the Dubois County Coroner's Office. Assisting at the scene were the following agencies: Dubois County Sheriff's Department, Holland Volunteer Fire Department, and Dubois County EMS.
Wednesday, March 31st, 2021
Hoosiers ages 16 and older are now eligible to sign up for a free COVID-19 vaccine,. The expansion makes more than 1.3 million additional individuals eligible for vaccine. With today’s expansion, the state has now made COVID-19 vaccines available to every Hoosier for whom the vaccine is currently authorized. The state’s focus will remain on providing access to the vaccine and providing current and accurate information so that Hoosiers can be informed about their options. To schedule a vaccine, visit https://ourshot.in.gov and select a location from one of more than 530 clinics around the state. Hoosiers who do not have a computer or cell phone or those who need assistance scheduling an appointment can call 211 or contact one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging or AARP. Nearly 70 libraries around the state also are helping Hoosiers schedule their appointments. Individuals age 16 and 17 are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine and should search for a site that lists PVAX or ask 211 for a site offering the Pfizer vaccine.
Four men were arrested early Tuesday morning after police were requested to a gas station about an intoxicated person in Bedford. Police were requested to Revere’s Food & Fuel in Bedford about a possible intoxicated person at the fuel pumps. The driver was pulled in at the fuel pump the wrong way and also attempted to pay for $10 worth of fuel with $5. Officers identified two of the males as 24 year-old Traven Drake of Mitchell and 24 year-old David Robbins of Bedford. Police could smell the odor of burnt marijuana on both men and said that Drake appeared impaired. Drake admitted police that he had smoked marijuana and ingested Xanax. A search of Robbins pockets resulted in police finding Xanax pills. In the back seat of the vehicle police also found 24 year Jordan Williams of Bedford. Police said Williams was impaired and they also detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. All three men were then arrested. Another man who was identified as 24 year old Austin Medrano of Bedford was also traveling with the three other men. Police found a baggie containing marijuana in his pockets. Officers attempted to place Medrano into custody but he resisted. All four men were arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication. Medrano also faces charges of resisting arrest and trafficking with an inmate.
A Mitchell man was arrested Tuesday after police stopped his vehicle on State Road 37 in Bedford. An officer pulled over a vehicle at State Road 37 and Brock Lane for speeding, having a malfunctioning brake light and the license plate was improperly displayed at 1:57 a.m.. Police approached the vehicle and spoke with the driver who was identified as 29 year old Nicholas Arthur of Mitchell. Consent to search his vehicle was denied by Arthur and a Lawrence County K-9 unit Dusty was called in. Dusty alerted police to possible drugs in the vehicle on the driver door. A search of the vehicle resulted in police finding a baggie containing 1.65 grams of crystal meth. Arthur was then arrested on a charge of possession of meth.
Tuesday, March 30th, 2021
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run property damage crash on US 231 just north of Day Road in Loogootee. The crash occurred between 9:00 PM on Sunday and 6:30 AM on Monday. The vehicle involved in the crash was a 2015 white VOLVO semi-tractor with significant damage to the front and right sides of the tractor. If you have any information, please contact Major Keith Keller with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office at (812)247-3726. All callers can remain anonymous.
On Friday evening, authorities learned that the female suspect arrested on multiple drug charges on March 23, had provided false information about her identity at the time of her arrest and book-in at the Washington County Jail. The suspect listed as 60 year old Carolyn Beatty is actually 59 year old Marcia Pearl Thompson of Madison. Officers learned that Thompson provided false information and provided her sister's identity at the time of the arrest. Thompson was wanted on a Theft warrant from Decatur County at the time of her arrest and is now facing additional charges of Identity Deception and False Informing. The original incident occurred on March 23rd when police stopped a Ford Ranger truck for speeding and a taillight violation near College Avenue and Cherry Street in Salem. The driver was identified as 48 year old Shannon Bell of Campbellsburg and the passenger, Thompson who identified herself as 60 year old Carolyn Sue Beatty of Madison. Police observed Bell throw an object that was later identified as methamphetamine as she stepped from the vehicle. Bell was found to have an arrest warrant for possession of methamphetamine. During a vehicle search, police located a second bag of methamphetamine totaling 12 grams. Several syringes, drug paraphernalia, and marijuana were also found. Bell and Thompson were charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Syringe, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia and Bell was also arrested on a warrant for Possession of Methamphetamine.
A Richmond man was arrested on Saturday after he became confrontational with an IU Health Bedford Hospital staff. According to a probable cause affidavit, on Saturday, a patient identified as 60 year old Keith Wise of Richmond in the Emergency Room area and was intoxicated. Hospital staff asked him several times to calm down and to not interrupt the Emergency Room Department. Wise would not stop and continued to yell obscenities and had to be restrained by medical personnel. Wise was out of control due to his level of intoxication and was an assault risk to the staff and himself. Wise’s blood alcohol concentration later tested at 0.229 percent. After being medically cleared, Wise was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
Monday, March 29th, 2021
Hoosiers ages 30 and older are now eligible to sign up for a free COVID-19 vaccine. This expansion of eligibility makes the vaccine available to more than 840,000 additional Hoosiers. Beginning Wednesday, Hoosiers age 16 and older also will be able to schedule a vaccine. Vaccine appointments will extend over the next several weeks to align with expected vaccine deliveries to the state. Individuals seeking an earlier appointment are encouraged to look at openings in surrounding counties. To schedule a vaccine, visit https://ourshot.in.gov and select a location from one of more than 530 clinics around the state. Hoosiers who do not have a computer or cell phone or those who need assistance scheduling an appointment can call 211 or contact one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging or AARP. Nearly 70 libraries around the state also are helping Hoosiers schedule their appointments.
A Second suspect has been arrested in Martin County on a Rape charge. In January 2021, Indiana State Police Detective Jarrod Lents began an investigation into an allegation of Rape involving a male suspect and a female victim, both from Martin County. On March 20th Police located 33 year old Waylon Wininger of Shoals walking on Progress School Road in Martin County. Wininger was taken into custody and transported to the Martin County Jail on a level 3 felony count of Rape. The investigation also resulted in a second arrest warrant being issued for 22 year old Sean Dallas Wininger of Shoals. On Saturday, police located Wininger walking on Progress School Road in Martin County. He was taken into custody and transported to the Martin County Jail on a charge of Rape.
Thursday, March 25th, 2021
A Bedford woman was arrested after a police pulled her vehicle over and found her with stolen goods and intoxicated in Bedford. Police was called the 1810 block of Central Avenue in Bedford after a report of two people breaking into a vehicle. The report said the two left in a gray SUV. While police were on their way, another call reporting a gray vehicle in the area of Circle Drive and individuals were walking around the caller’s vehicle. Officers pulled the vehicle over at the intersection and made contact with the driver 37 year old Brittany York of Bedford. According to Police, York was intoxicated and had her son in the vehicle and failed several field sobriety tests. Police took two reports saying York had broken into their vehicles and the stolen items were found in York’s van. Police also found several items in the van that had been stolen from Walmart. York was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction, OWI endangerment, OWI with a passenger under the age of 18, OWI per se, theft with a prior conviction, unlawful entry, neglect of a dependent, and operating a vehicle while never licensed.
Wednesday, March 24th, 2021
A Mitchell man was arrested Saturday after police officers were alerted to a medical emergency at a carwash in Mitchell. A caller reported a male was unconscious in the driver’s seat with his door open at the Mitchell Carwash on West Main Street. When police arrived they found 39 year old Jared Holt of Mitchell unconscious in the vehicle. Police were able to wake Holt and officers said they could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search of Holt resulted in police multiple pills and in the vehicle a smoking pipe with meth residue and other paraphernalia, three small baggies of crystal meth. Inside a backpack found in the back seat, digital scales with traces of meth residue on them was found along with additional bottles of pills found in Holt’s work boots. Officers also found multiple baggies and containers with marijuana in them along with rubber containers containing THC wax. Police seized 6.30 grams of meth, $1,356 in cash, 116 grams of marijuana, and 75 pills of controlled substances. A search of Holt's home in the 200 block of Wells Avenue resulted in police finding two cell phones, several baggies containing 9.85 grams of marijuana, smoking utensils, five containers of THC wax, digital scales and other illegal items. Holt is facing charges of dealing and possession of meth, dealing and possession of marijuana, dealing and possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia.
A Jasper man was injured Monday morning after his bike was hit by a sport utility vehicle while attempting to cross a crosswalk in Jasper. 47 year old Alicen Ingle of Jasper was driving north in the 3600 block of Portersville Road in Jasper at 11:11 a.m. near a crosswalk that 73 year old Frank Ducett of Jasper was attempting to cross on his bicycle. The 2005 Chevy Trailblazer Ingle was driving hit the left side of Ducett’s bicycle which threw him onto the roadway and threw the bike about 25 yards away. There was damage to the Trailblazer’s front left bumper and driver side mirror. Ducett was taken to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center with a broken ankle, laceration to his head and road rash on multiple areas of his body. Ingle was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian causing bodily injury. Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and the Indiana State Police assisted the Jasper Police at the scene.
A Bedford man was arrested on Monday on drug charges after an officer pulled the vehicle he was driving over in Bedford. Police pulled over a green Chevrolet truck on John Williams Boulevard at Limestone Drive in Bedford for an inoperable license plate light. When police ran the license plate it came back for a Jeep Wrangler. While police were speaking with the driver who was identified as 34 year old Charles Hardin Bedford, he was shaking and breathing rapidly. Hardin said he just purchased the truck and had not yet transferred the license plate to the vehicle. Police asked for permission to search the vehicle in which Hardin gave consent to. A search of Hardin resulted in police finding a smoking device with THC wax, and a container that contained crystal meth. Hardin was arrested without incident on charges of possession of meth and marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021
An Orange County jury found 31 year old Joshua Risinger guilty of murder, felony murder, and arson late Thursday night in Washington Circuit Court in the second murder trial. After deliberating for more than five hours the jury gave the verdict of guilty at 9:45 p.m. Judge Larry Medlock presided over the trial and Washington County Prosecutor Dustin Houchin presented the case for the state and Attorney Ethan Bartanen defended Risinger. Risinger who was found guilty of intentionally setting fire to his trailer in order to kill 62 year old Jeffrey Givan. The incident occurred on March 14th, 2017 and Givan was unable to get out of the burning trailer. According to Police, Risinger invited Givan inside his trailer in the 220 block of Teresa Street in Southway Villa and then lit the trailer on fire. Givan was found dead in the burned home. The Indiana Court of Appeals overturned the first murder conviction because they ruled Risinger had his Miranda rights violated after continued questioning by police after Risinger told them he didn’t want to talk anymore. A sentencing date for Risinger has not been set.
This week is National Poison Prevention Week. Poisoning is an issue that unfortunately affects every age group. While almost half of all poison emergency calls involve children under age six, it is not uncommon to receive calls from adults. Poisoning is often though as something to ingest, but there are a variety of ways that a person can experience poisoning, including breathing in a toxin, splashing in the eyes or on the skin, and through a bite or sting. Due to COVID-19, many homes have increased the number of common household items that contribute to the poisoning of adults and children. In order to keep the virus out of our homes, we are using more cleaning supplies. These items are often left within reach of small children as adults are trying to keep everyone safe and clean, giving young children the opportunity to explore items they have previously not had access to leading to more poisoning concerns. Other items that frequently cause poisoning:
1) Prescription medicine, Antihistamines, Pain reliever, Vitamins and Antidepressants
Extra precautions can be taken to keep families safe at home including:
- Read the label before you give medicine to a child and put the cap back on tightly.
- Lock medicines and household products up high, where children can’t see or reach them.
- Store medicines and products in their original containers.
- Install Carbon Monoxide Alarms in the hallway near every sleeping area in your home.
- Never mix cleaning products. Poisonous gases, explosions, burns or fires may result.
- Keep household products away from food and medicine so they do not mix.
- Store products in original containers.
- Never leave a car running in an attached garage, even if the garage door is open.
If an emergency arises, call the Poison Center hotline at 1-800-222-1222.
A Bloomington man was arrested early Monday morning after police were called to a report of a suspicious male in Bedford. The caller reported the male was in a white truck at Storage Express on Bundy Lane and had been on the property for more than five hours. Police arrived at the business at 3:34 a.m. and found the truck traveling southbound on Bundy Lane. Police also noticed the truck’s license plate was expired. A traffic stop was initiated, but the driver continued onto State Road 158 and pulled into Revere’s gas station. Police approached the driver who was identified as 48 year old Jeffery Deliman of Bloomington as he exited the truck. According to police Deliman was slightly lethargic and kept closing his eyes while speaking with the officer and was nodding off. Police were then given consent to search Deliman’s truck. During the search of the vehicle, police found a baggie of crystal meth, and a cut straw with meth residue. Deliman was arrested on charges of possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.
Monday, March 22nd, 2021
Hoosiers ages 40 and older are now eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine starting today. This expansion of eligibility to include those ages 40 to 44 will make the vaccine available to more than 400,000 additional Hoosiers. Additional groups will be added as more vaccine becomes available. Vaccine appointments for this newly eligible population are available now and will extend over the next several weeks to align with expected vaccine deliveries to the state. Individuals seeking an earlier appointment are encouraged to look at openings in surrounding counties. To schedule a vaccine, visit https://ourshot.in.gov and select a location from one of more than 450 clinics around the state. Hoosiers who do not have a computer or cell phone or those who need assistance scheduling an appointment can call 211 or contact one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging or AARP. Nearly 70 libraries around the state also are helping Hoosiers schedule their appointments.
Friday, March 19th, 2021
A Dubois County man is in jail after fleeing the scene of an accident. According to State police reports, Tuesday afternoon, an off-duty Indiana State Trooper saw a two-vehicle accident at Fifteenth and Mill Street in Jasper. One of the vehicles fled from the scene. Officers were able to quickly find the driver that fled. He w as identified as 23-year-old Wileam Roblero of Jasper. Officers were able to determine that Roblero was under the influence of alcohol. Roblero then taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital for a blood draw where blood alcohol content tested at .211. Roblero was arrested was booked into the Dubois County Jail on numerous OWI charges.
A Lawrence County woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a Bedford Police officer stopped the vehicle she was a passenger in for an unintelligible paper license plate. According to police reports, the vehicle was stopped at 12th and O streets. The male driver stated he had a BB gun on the floorboard near the center console, which was the secured by police. The car also contained 2 passengers in the backseat and the front seat passenger identified as 23-year-old Angela Jewell of Bedford. Officers asked for consent to search the vehicle, both the driver and Jewell denied the officer’s request. Bedford Police canine Maximus alerted officers to possible drugs in the vehicle. During the search, officers found a glass smoking pipe containing crystal meth. Jewell then told police she had more meth on her person. At the police station a female dispatcher found a baggie of crystal meth, a folded paper with THC wax and a glass vial containing a burnt crystal substance. During a search of the vehicle, found was a black metal lock box in the vehicle, also found was a digital scale, glass smoking device with crystal meth residue, a magnifying glass with meth residue. a baggie containing meth and a baggie containing marijuana and several used syringes. The driver and other passengers were released from the scene. Jewell was arrested on charges of possession of meth, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a syringe.
A Lawrence County man was arrested following a Lawrence County sheriffs deputy stopping his vehicle after witnessing the vehicle cross the centerline. According to Lawrence County sheriffs report, t he officer stopped 30-year-old John Dotts of Bedford at the intersection of Judah Logan and Donica Church roads, in the vehicle was a female passenger. Dotts explained, he was not paying attention, and declared he had a pocket knife on him. The office asked for consent to search the vehicle, Dotts denied the consent for the search. Called in was a K9 Officer and alerted to possible drugs in Dotts vehicle. Folowing a pat down of Dotts, found was a glass smoking device containing meth in Dott’s sock. He was arrested on charges of possession of meth and drug paraphernalia and was issued a citation for driving left of center. His passenger was released.
Thursday, March 18th, 2021
A two vehicle crash near the Train Depot at the French Lick resort resulted in no injuries on Tuesday. Around 2:52 P.m. on Tuesday a Blue 2013 Ford Edge being driven by 42 year old Sharon Ball of West Baden was traveling north on Monon St in French Lick. A Silver 2014 General Motors Truck that belonged to the French Lick Resort was being driven by 71 year old Alan Beck of Jasper was also traveling north on Monon street in front of Ball's vehicle. Ball told police the truck went left of center and then attempted to turn right and ran into her. Beck stated he was trying to turn right and the Edge ran into him. French Lick Police arrived on the scene at 3:00 p.m. and found front end damage to the truck. Police also found major damage to the left front fender of the SUV. An ambulance was dispatched to the scene but both drivers refused medical treatment. The Ford Edge had to be towed from the scene due to heavy damage and the GMC Sierra was able to drive away from the scene. French Lick resort security footage was reviewed by police on Wednesday morning. Footage showed Beck going into the left lane and turning right colliding with Ball. Damage to both vehicles was estimated at $2500 to $5000.
Two people were arrested on drug charges Tuesday night after police noticed an inoperable license plate light on their vehicle in Mitchell. Police stopped a red Chevrolet Cavalier at the Mitchell Marathon gas station near the gas pumps on Tuesday for an inoperable license plate light. The driver who was identified as 42 year old Kyle Stewart was found to be wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Lawrence County. A search of Stewart resulted in police finding a plastic baggie that contained crystal meth and a second baggie that contained nine syringes. According to police, they detected the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Police found a container that contained THC wax and a digital scale. Police found the passenger 37 year old Sarah Deckard on a warrant in Marion County. A search of the trunk of the vehicle, police located glass smoking devices with meth residue, two syringes, broken pieces of various glass smoking devices, marijuana inside a plastic container. Stewart admitted all the items were his and pointed out a safe to police that was inside the vehicle. Inside the safe, police found two additional syringes filled with meth and a plastic baggie that contained more than 5.84 grams crystal meth. Stewart was arrested on charges of possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and on a warrant for leaving the scene of an accident.
Wednesday, March 17th, 2021
State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) at the Statehouse recently honored Salem student Khloe Mull with a House resolution for being named an Indianapolis NBA Rising Star All-Star. Davisson, a co-author of House Resolution 12, said "Rising Stars" are high school seniors who demonstrate leadership in their schools and communities, and they receive a $2,100 scholarship. Mull was 1 of 21 Indiana students selected for the scholarship. At Salem High School, Mull is a member of the student council, basketball team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Club, theater program, Booster Club, Science Club, National Honor Society and Tri-Hi-Y. She has also volunteered to work at blood drives, food drives, teacher appreciation breakfasts and community cleanup initiatives . Mull is also an employee of the Washington County Family YMCA, and volunteers with children camps, 5K runs and other programs. Also receiving the scholarship from the area was Bedford North Lawrence senior Emma Landstrom. Landstrom was nominated by the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County, and was the club’s 2020 Youth of the Year and has been a club volunteer. For more information about the Indianapolis NBA Rising Star All-Star program, visit nba.com/pacers.
A Bedford man who fled from police after an attempted traffic stop for speeding was arrested on Saturday in Bedford. A Bedford police officer attempted a traffic stop on a Ford F-150 for speeding at State Road 37 and 29th Street. The driver failed to stop and accelerated to speeds more than 80 miles per hour. According to police, the driver was weaving in and out of traffic and turned west on to US 50 West. The driver then turned on to Kings Ridge Road and stopped his vehicle. Police made the traffic stop and ordered the driver from out of the vehicle. The driver was identified as 43 year old Craig Holt of Bedford. Holt and a male passenger were in the truck were detained. A K-9 was called to the scene and alerted police to possible drugs in the vehicle but a search of the vehicle resulted in nothing illegal. Holt was arrested on charges of resisting arrest by fleeing in a vehicle, reckless driving, driving while his driver’s license was suspended with a prior conviction and issued a citation for speed and the passenger in the truck was released.
Tuesday, March 16th, 2021
The Indiana Department of Health announced Wednesday that Hoosiers age 45 and older are now eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine. This expansion of eligibility makes the vaccine available to an additional 415,640 Hoosiers. Additional groups will be added as more vaccine becomes available. Vaccine appointments for this newly eligible population will be available over the next several weeks to align with expected vaccine deliveries to the state. Individuals seeking an earlier appointment are encouraged to look at openings in surrounding counties. To schedule a vaccine, visit https://ourshot.in.gov and select a location from one of more than 400 clinics around the state. Hoosiers who do not have a computer or cell phone or those who need assistance scheduling an appointment can call 211 or contact one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging or AARP. Nearly 70 libraries around the state also are helping Hoosiers schedule their appointments.
Two men were arrested and another at large after a stolen pickup truck was found crashed in a ditch in Crawford County. According to the case report from the French Lick Police Department, an employee at Springs Valley High School reported that a 2004 Ford pickup truck was stolen on March 8th. The employee told police he was working inside the school and came out to find the truck was gone. Later that night, police received a report of an accident that the stolen truck had crashed into a ditch. The Crawford County Sheriff's Department reported that a man who was identified as 29 year old Cody Woolsey of Paoli was found walking near the crash site. Police attempted to arrest Woolsey into custody but he became combative with police and had to be tased and finally taken into custody. According to police Woolsey admitted to driving the truck and claimed he didn't know the names of the two other men in the truck with him. Later on he admitted he did know them and identified them to police. Police took one of suspects into custody who was identified as 26 year old Jesse Moffatt of French Lick on Friday. The third man is still being sought by police at this time. Woolsey and Moffatt are being charged with vehicle theft, leaving the scene of an accident and criminal mischief.
A Bedford man was found guilty on several charges in Lawrence County Superior Court II on Monday after an incident from last August left his girlfriend dead. After deliberating for over 3 hours, the jury found Phillip “Butch” Deckard guilty on four out of the five charges he was accused of in the Lawrence County Superior Court II on Monday. Deckard was acquitted of the murder charge and found guilty on felony charges of aggravated battery with a substantial risk of death, reckless homicide, involuntary manslaughter, and domestic battery by means of a deadly weapon. Deckard will be sentenced on April 9th at 9 a.m. by Judge John Plummer III. 58 year old Deckard was found guilty of shooting and killing Charlene Silvers who was his girlfriend of 13 years after a domestic dispute occurred on August 26th, 2020, at their home on 2738 Maul Ridge Road in Bedford. Silvers died from her injuries sustained in the incident at 7:24 p.m. the next day. Lawrence County Prosecutor Sam Arp and Chief Deputy Prosecutor Allison Chopra presented the case for the state and Martinsville Attorney John Boren and Tonisha Jarrett defended Deckard.
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