Wednesday, February 21st, 2024
A woman was arrested after a traffic stop occurred on Monday in Orange County. On Monday Officers with the Paoli Police Department conducted a traffic stop on US Highway 150 East. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Karla Backus. During a search, police found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. She was arrested and taken to the Orange County Jail on charges of possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A Monroe County man was arrested after police were called to the scene of an accident that killed a woman. Around 6:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Monroe County Central Dispatch received a call of a person wearing dark clothing walking southbound in the northbound lane of South State Road 37 near Dillman Road in Bloomington. Several callers reported the individual had been hit, but had not witnessed the accident. Deputies and EMT personnel were dispatched to the area and arrived to find a dead female lying in the roadway. An investigation was conducted that led detectives to 38 year old Dustin Eason of Bloomington. Eason was taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital for a blood draw then booked into the Monroe County Jail on the charges of Leaving the Scene of an Accident resulting in death.
Last week, members of the Indiana State Police learned of possible drug activity occurring at a Robin Lane address in Jeffersonville. The team then initiated a criminal investigation, and thru a variety of investigative techniques, probable cause was developed, and a search warrant was granted for the residence. On the Friday, Troopers executed the search warrant. During the search, 12.5 grams of methamphetamine, legend drugs, hypodermic syringes, and numerous items of paraphernalia were located. As a result of the investigation, 37 year old James Robert Paul Cecil, was arrested for Dealing in Methamphetamine Over 10 grams, Possession of Methamphetamine Over 10 Grams, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Unlawful Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe Unlawful Possession of a Legend Drug and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Tuesday, February 20th, 2024
An anonymous tip to police led to two subjects being arrested in Orange County for drug charges. On Sunday, Officers with the Paoli police department received a call stating that Malachi Terry and Victoria Sturgeon were traveling back from Michigan with a large amount of marijuana. Officers were able to get a description of the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on State Road 37 North near Hankins Towing in Paoli for speeding. The occupants of the vehicle consented to a search of the vehicle and the marijuana products were located as suspected. Both Terry and Strugeon were arrested on charges of trafficking and dealing in marijuana.
A Crawford County man was arrested after police were notified of an infant with severe, life-threatening brain injuries. On Monday, February 12 th, 2024, Detectives with the Indiana State Police were contacted by the Crawford County Department of Child Services about an investigation into 26 year old Cameron Watts of English for battering an infant. The infant required immediate medical attention at the Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, for severe, life-threatening brain injuries. Throughout the investigation, information and evidence was obtained to support charges being filed by the Crawford County Prosecutor’s Office. On Friday, an arrest warrant was issued for Watts. On Monday, Watts was arrested at the Crawford County Department of Child Services without incident and transported to the Crawford County Jail. Watts is facing charges of Domestic Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury to a Person Less than 14 Years Old and Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. Assisting Agencies included the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Crawford County Department of Child Services, Crawford County EMS, and English Fire Department.
On Monday, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter promoted Trooper Casey Boeckman from the Evansville District to serve as Detective at the Jasper District. Trooper Casey Boeckman, a Dubois County native, and seven-year veteran, graduated from the 76 th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy on October 20 th, 2016. Upon graduating from the recruit academy Trooper Boeckman was assigned to the Evansville Post where he has served for seven years. While at Evansville, Trooper Boeckman primarily patrolled Pike County. In 2019, Trooper Boeckman received the top DUI award for Evansville District. Trooper Boeckman has experience with the Riot Team, Field Training Officer and as a Hostage Negotiator. Trooper Boeckman resides in Jasper with his wife, Erika, and two children.
Friday, February 16th, 2023
Bedford Fire Department firefighters responded to a fire report at St. Vincent Thrift Store on fire at 12:31 a.m. on Wednesday. Firefighters from all three fire stations responded and arrived within three minutes of the call and were on scene until 4:21 am. The store’s surveillance video captured a group of males before the fire was reported. A investigator with the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office was contacted and it is unclear at this time when the store will reopen. Anyone with information is asked to call the Bedford Police Department at 812-275-3311.
No students involved in a school bus vs passenger vehicle accident at the State Road 37 and Hancock Avenue intersection but two people were injured in the crash. The accident occurred at around 309PM Wednesday afternoon, and a AirEvac air ambulance transported the driver of the passenger of the vehicle to U of L Hospital. The driver of the Mitchell Community School bus taken by IU Lifeline ground ambulance to IU Health Hospital Bedford and was airlifted to U of L Hospital Louisville, for further treatment. State Road 37 was closed at around 309PM, Wednesday, causing traffic delays for several minutes. The Mitchell Police Department investigated the accident. No other details were available.
Lawrence County Superior Court II Judge Robert Cline has sentenced a Norman man back to prison after failing to comply with the terms of his probation. 31 year old Chris Hawkins, of Norman, plead guilty to operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent or more, a Level 6 Felony, and to being a Habitual Vehicular Substance Offender on August 3, 2022, as a part of a negotiated plea agreement. Hawkins was sentenced to 1275 days, with ten days served in the Lawrence County Jail and 365 days served on home detention, the remainder of his sentence suspended. He was ordered to serve 180 days on supervised probation in exchange for his guilty plea. After failing to comply with the terms and conditions of his probation on February 13, 2024, Judge Cline sentenced Hawkins to serve 890 days in the Indiana Department of Correction.
Monday, February 12th, 2024
Two men were arrested after police executed a search warrant at an Orange County home. The Paoli Police Department, in collaboration with the Orange County Sheriff's Department, executed the search warrant on Thursday on North Greenbriar Drive in Paoli. The search led to the discovery of a significant amount of incriminating evidence, including narcotics, firearms, and paraphernalia. Both 48 year old Joel Sherwood and 49 year old Donald Smith were arrested and booked on multiple charges, including dealing in methamphetamine with a firearm, possession of methamphetamine with a firearm, and possession of paraphernalia.
A Crawford County man was arrested after he was involved in a crash in Orange County on Saturday. Troopers with the Indiana State police responded to a single vehicle crash near Paoli on Saturday night. The driver, who was identified as 40 year old Jimmy Leonard of English showed visible signs of impairment. Leonard was transported to IU Health Hospital for medical clearance and testing. Leonard was then transported to the Orange County jail on charges of OWI with a Prior and a Warrant out of Kentucky.
A Lawrence County woman was arrested on Friday after a traffic stop yielded over 100 grams of meth. In January, the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office received information that 31 year old Tanarra Fargo of Oolitic was involved in trafficking and dealing large amounts of methamphetamine in Lawrence County. Police launched an investigation into Fargo's activities by utilizing a variety of investigative techniques. On Thursday night, investigators had information that Fargo was traveling to Indianapolis to buy a large amount of methamphetamine to bring back and sell in Lawrence County. On Friday, around 12:45am, Fargo was observed operating her 2011 Hyundai southbound on Old 37 near Judah. Police conducted a traffic stop and during the stop, canine Dusty gave a positive alert on the vehicle. Fargo was found to be in possession of 116 grams of methamphetamine. She was arrested on charges of Dealing Methamphetamine Over 10 Grams and Possession of Methamphetamine Over 28 Grams.
Friday, February 9th, 2024
The Paoli Police Department is urging the community to be on the lookout for a string of counterfeit money that has been used around town. Police have received several reports of counterfeit money being used. The money is mostly 50’s and 20’s. These bills look and mark like real money but have color fading on the back, printing errors, and feel like paper. They also have repeat serial numbers. If you need to file a report or have any information on the matter, please contact the Paoli Police Department at 812-723-2836.
The Orange County Prosecutors Office is alerting the public to a recent scam involving fraudulent text messages that are allegedly from the United States Postal Service. The USPS has issued a warning, and local law enforcement is joining efforts to ensure the community is informed and vigilant.
To report a suspected scam related to USPS, please send an email to email@example.com or forward suspicious messages to 7726.
The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office were looking for 37 year old Joshua Flynn of Hobbieville in regards to the string of burglaries in the Springville area. Police had established probable cause for the arrest of Flynn for four burglaries in Lawrence County. On Wednesday morning, Police received a call from a homeowner in the 3400 block of Springville-Judah Road about an unwanted male on the property. Flynn was believed to be the male, however, he was gone when officers arrived. Officers did locate a stolen truck and stolen Stihl equipment. Police searched the area and received a tip from other homeowners who reported the same male along Washboard Road and North Pike Road. Police located Flynn, who failed to comply with verbal commands and fled on foot. Officers apprehended Flynn after a short foot pursuit. Flynn resisted and struggled with officers but was taken into custody. During a search of Flynn, one officer was stuck by a hypodermic syringe and received medical treatment. Flynn was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Flynn was transported to IU Health Bedford for treatment of minor injuries. Once cleared at the hospital, Flynn was incarcerated in the Lawrence County Jail for multiple offenses, including burglary, theft, and resisting law enforcement. Other charges, including additional burglaries and thefts, are expected to be filed as well.
Wednesday, February 7th, 2024
Two people were arrested after they were caught on a surveillance camera trying to rob a house in Lawrence County. On Tuesday around 4:53am, the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of a burglary in progress in the 7000 block of River Road in Tunnelton. The homeowner, who was not at the residence, was notified by his camera surveillance system of activity at his home. The owner reported there appeared to be a gray, Chevrolet HHR in his driveway and there were three individuals inside the residence. As officers traveled to the residence, the homeowner notified them the HHR had left the residence. A short time later, police spotted the HHR. The driver of the HHR fled eastbound on River Road, almost striking an oncoming police car. A vehicle pursuit ensued, ending a short time later on River Road after the HHR crashed. One police car was damaged in the pursuit. The three occupants of the HHR attempted to flee, but Officers apprehended one male, later identified as 39 year old Richard Pemberton of Mitchell, and one female, later identified as 23 year old Alyssa Smith of Campbellsburg. The male driver was able to elude capture. Officers discovered the HHR had previously been reported as stolen out of Orange County. They also located methamphetamine, marijuana, legend drugs, hypodermic syringes, and a loaded firearm. Both Pemberton and Smith were arrested for burglary as well as multiple drug offenses.
On Tuesday, the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served a search warrant and arrested a Bedford man in connection with the possession and distribution of child pornography. Detectives initiated an investigation into the possession and distribution of child pornography after receiving a cybertip report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The social media app KIK had reported that an account holder was sharing child pornography. During their investigation, detectives identified the suspect as 38 year old John Fishel of Bedford. A search warrant was served at a residence on Guthrie Bend, and Fishel was arrested on 2 counts of Distribution of Child Pornography Under 12 years of age, 2 counts of Distribution of Child Pornography, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.
One person was killed and another injured after a two vehicle crash occurred on Tuesday in Monroe County. Around 8:06 a.m., on Tuesday, Troopers from the Indiana State Police and officers from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of South Garrison Chapel Road and West Gardner Road in Monroe County. Upon arrival at the scene, police found a white 1995 Ford F150 pickup truck and a red and black 1996 GMC Sonoma pickup truck with extensive damage. The Sonoma was off the roadway facing westbound while the F150 remained in the roadway facing eastbound. According to the investigation, the GMC Sonoma traveled eastbound on West Gardner Road and entered the T-intersection when the southbound white Ford F150 on South Garrison Chapel Road struck it. The driver of the Sonoma was identified as 66 year old John Skirvin of Bloomington, while the driver of the Ford F150 was identified as 38 year old Joshua Scroggins also of Bloomington. Upon arrival, the Monroe County Coroner’s Office pronounced Skirvin dead at the scene. Scroggins was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital for treatment and a blood draw. The crash remains under investigation.
Tuesday, February 6th, 2024
A Perry County woman was arrested after police responded to a report that a man was shot. On Saturday night, officers with the Perry County Sheriff’s Office and Tell City Police Department responded to a 911 call of a female stating her boyfriend had just been shot. Officers arrived on the scene and located a male, identified as Aaron Waninger, who was unresponsive. Officers attempted life-saving measures but were unsuccessful. Indiana State Police were contacted to aid in the investigation. When detectives arrived, they spoke to 51 year old Tonya Coomer of Tell City. During further investigation, detectives determined Coomer had shot Waninger. Coomer was arrested and transported to the Perry County jail on felony charges of Murder and Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm. This case is still under investigation.
On Thursday, A Mitchell man was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Correction by Lawrence Superior Court II Judge Robert Cline after failing to comply with the terms of his probation. On June 2nd, 2023, 33 year old Brandon Edwards of Mitchell pleaded guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony. He was sentenced to 910 days in the Indiana Department of Correction, with most of that time suspended. He was placed on probation for 546 days. However, while on probation, Edwards was charged with a new criminal offense. He pleaded guilty to Theft, on January 1st, in a negotiated plea agreement with the State of Indiana. He was sentenced to 180 days in the Lawrence County Jail, with that time suspended, and one year of supervised probation, which violated the terms and conditions of his probation. Edwards also admitted to other violations of the terms and conditions of his probation. As a result, Judge Cline revoked Edwards’ suspended sentence; sentencing him to 850 days in the IDOC, and terminated the probation as unsuccessful. The two sentences are to run consecutively.
On Monday morning, officers responded to the Seymour Middle School for a traffic accident involving a 14 year old student who was struck while walking in a cross walk. The student was later treated for injuries sustained to her upper extremities. The driver involved initially fled the scene, but later called the school to check on the student. Officers soon placed 55 year old Brian Carpenter of Seymour under arrest and took him to the Jackson County Jail. He is facing a charge of Leaving the Scene of an Injury Accident Resulting in Moderate Bodily Injury. Police urge motorists to be extra vigilant in school zones and around school buses.
Thursday, February 1st, 2024
A single vehicle crash on Monday night led to the arrest of an Orange County man for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. On Monday night, officers responded to the Paoli area in response to a property damage accident. Troopers with the Indiana State Police arrived on the scene along with the Paoli Police Department. After being checked by EMS, troopers spoke to the driver, identified as 48 year old Jeremy McCracken of Paoli. While speaking to McCracken, troopers observed signs of impairment. An OWI investigation was started that led to the arrest of McCracken. During a search, suspected marijuana and paraphernalia were located. McCracken was transported to IU Health Hospital for medical clearance. McCracken was then transported to the Orange County jail on charges of OWI, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia. Assisting at the scene were the Paoli Police Department and the Orange County EMS.
A Perry County man was critically injured after a single vehicle crash in Spencer County Monday night. On Monday night, around 9:22 pm, Spencer County Deputies, EMS, and First Responders responded to a single-vehicle accident on SR 70, near New Hope Baptist Church near Grandview. Preliminary investigations revealed that the vehicle, heading westbound, veered off the north side of the roadway, colliding with two trees before coming to a rest on the north side of the roadway within a ditch. Speed is believed to be a factor. The driver, identified as 19 year old Darius Watkins of Cannelton, was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital where he remains in critical condition. The Spencer County Sheriff's Office are currently investigating this accident.
Monday, January 29th, 024
A Monroe County woman was arrested after police determined she was responsible for the death of an inmate at the Orange County Jail. On January 23 rd, after an Indiana State Police investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for 31 year old Sarah Shipman of Bloomington through the Orange County Circuit Court. On Wednesday, Shipman turned herself into the Orange County Jail. Shipman is facing charges of Dealing in a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death, Dealing a Schedule 1 in a Penal of Juvenile Facility, Trafficking with an Inmate and OWI with a Prior. The incident occurred on December 30th after Indiana State Police responded to the Orange County Jail to investigate the death of an inmate. The preliminary investigation revealed that around 5:00 a.m. Saturday, jail officers with the Orange County Sheriff's Office located a female inmate, identified as 54 year old Jeanne Ross of Mooresville unresponsive. Emergency personnel were unable to revive Ross. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Orange County Coroner's Office. The Orange County Sheriff's Office requested the Indiana State Police investigate the death. The Orange County Coroner's Office assisted the Indiana State Police in this investigation. Ross was transported from the Hendricks County Jail to the Orange County Jail on a warrant for failure to appear.
Investigators with the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg are investigating a deadly shooting that occurred around Midnight on Sunday in Salem. Just after 12:00 a.m., Salem Police, along with ISP Troopers, responded to a 911 call advising a person had been shot inside a house on the 500 block of North College Avenue in Salem. When officers entered the residence, they discovered an adult male who had been shot, lying on the floor. Paramedics with the Washington County Ambulance Service responded; however, the male subject was pronounced dead at the scene. Another adult male, identified as 24 year old Blake Howard Henry of Salem, and two adult females were also present at the time of the shooting. All three were questioned by police. As a result of the investigation, ISP detectives believe the shooting was the result of a domestic incident. Henry was arrested for Murder and incarcerated at the Washington County Jail. The deceased male has been identified as 29 year old Jacob Richard Mitchell of Salem. This is an ongoing investigation.
A Kentucky man was arrested after a traffic stop occurred in Perry County by police for driving left of center. On Thursday night, the Perry County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle for driving left of center. Troopers with the Indiana State Police stopped to assist with the stop. While speaking to the driver, identified as 32 year old Charlee Cagle of Hardinsburg Kentucky, troopers observed signs that Cagle may be impaired. An OWI investigation was started that led to the arrest of Cagle. During a search, suspected methamphetamine was located. Cagle was then transported to the Perry County jail on charges of OWI, Possession of Methamphetamine and a Felony Warrant out of Perry County.
Friday, January 26th, 2024
No injuries were reported after a minor two vehicle collision occurred in the parking lot of an Orange County gas station. On Sunday, an Officer with the French Lick Police Department was dispatched to the Hucks Gas Station in French Lick in reference to an accident. When police arrived at the scene, they found two women standing in front of the Huck's building by their vehicles. While at the scene, police identified the two involved as 68 year Suzanne Broughton of Marengo who was driving a Gray 2021 Buick Envision. The other driver, 65 year old Susan Nichols of South Bend was driving a Gray 2009 Toyota Corolla. According to the investigation, Broughton told police she was backing out and sideswiped the vehicle beside her. The vehicle beside her was Nichols Toyota in Suzan was in at the time. Neither Broughton or Nichols were injured in the collision. The Buick sustained minor damage to the left front bumper and the Corolla had minor damage to its left side. Both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene.
A Lawrence County man and woman were arrested after police conducted a search of a home suspected of housing a wanted man. On Thursday, around 12:30am, Police went to a residence in the 200 block of Lucas Street in Heltonville in an attempt to locate 42 year old James Wright of Heltonville. Wright was wanted on a felony failure to appear warrant in Lawrence County. Officers had received a tip that Wright was at that residence, staying with his sister, 48 year old Kaly George of Heltonville. George had been uncooperative in the past when officers went to the residence looking for Wright, therefore, a search warrant was applied for and obtained for the residence. While searching the residence, officers located a hidden trap door in the floor that opened into the crawl space of the home, where officers located Wright attempting to hide. He was taken into custody without further incident. Police discovered that George had hidden Wright on multiple occasions from the police. She also allegedly lied about Wright being present and she continued to be uncooperative and deceitful in an attempt to conceal Wright. Officers arrested George for Assisting a Criminal by harboring a wanted felon. Both Wright and George were incarcerated at the Lawrence County Jail.
On January 11, 2024, A Bedford man was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Correction by Lawrence Superior Court II Judge Robert Cline after failing to comply with the terms of his probation. On June 1st, 49 year old Michael Nikirk of Bedford pleaded guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony as a part of a negotiated plea agreement with the State of Indiana. The plea agreement offered Nikirk a total of 910 days in prison, with 904 suspended, and 546 days of supervised probation. However, while on probation, Nikirk was charged with Possession of a Device or Substance Used to Interfere with a Drug or Alcohol Screening Test. He pleaded guilty to that charge on January 11th in a negotiated plea agreement with the State of Indiana. He was sentenced to 60 days in the Lawrence County Jail and admitted to violating his probation. As a result of his guilty plea, Judge Cline revoked Nikirk’s suspended sentence and sentenced him to 900 days in the IDOC, and terminated the probation as unsuccessful. The two sentences are to run consecutively.
Thursday, January 25th, 2024
A Hillham man was found dead after a Monday night explosion occurred in Orange County. On Monday around 6:15pm, The Springs Valley Fire Department and Orange County Rural District 1 Fire Department responded to a report of a loud explosion and fire in the woods near the Texas Eastern Gas Company . Police arrived at the site and reported the incident occurred at the 2200 block of N. Hillham Road in Hillham. F ire units arrived on the scene and found a very large debris field along with debris piles on fire. After an initial search, no persons were found. Homes within a half mile of the explosion stated their homes sustained damage. The explosion could be heard over 10 miles away. Fire personnel on the scene spent around three hours extinguishing fires throughout the incident scene. Search and rescue efforts were halted Monday night due low light visibility. Rescue efforts restarted Tuesday morning and the Department of Homeland Security confirmed a body was found and removed from the scene. The person found killed in the explosion was identified as David Baker. The cause of the incident was reported as a propane tank exploded. It is unknown what caused it to explode and is still under investigation. The entire home was leveled and all nearby roads were shut down for an extended amount of time. The Indiana State Fire Marshall’s Office is investigation the incident.
A two vehicle crash sent two people to the hospital in Washington County on Monday. On Monday around 3:16 pm, members of emergency services responded to the area of 5498 E. State Road 56 in Salem due to a two vehicle crash. At the scene, deputies determined that 45 year old John Cornett of Austin was traveling west on State Road 56. Cornett was driving a 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse and crossed into the eastbound lane of travel and struck a 2013 Peterbilt truck driven by 31 year old Cameron McKinley of Salem. Cornett was transported to University of Louisville Hospital by the Washington County Ambulance Service for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. McKinley was transported by personal vehicle to Saint Vincent Hospital, in Salem, where he was treated and released. The crash remains under investigation.
At least one person was injured after a three vehicle collision occurred on Tuesday in Washington County. On Tuesday around 4:53 pm, emergency services were dispatched to the area of 11000 S. State Road 135 in reference to a three vehicle crash. Evidence at the scene and witness statements indicate that 21 year old Landon Temple of Pekin was driving a 2015 Ford F-350 northbound on S. State Road 135. He was pulling a double axel utility trailer. 25 year old Brandon Brossman of Sullivan was also traveling northbound behind Temple. Brossman was driving a 2016 Volvo semi-tractor and trailer, while 45 year old Brian Cooper of Salem was traveling southbound on S. State Road 135 in a 2017 Subaru Forester. Cooper drove left of center and into the northbound lane, where his vehicle struck the driver’s side of the utility trailer. Cooper’s vehicle then spun out of control and struck the front driver’s side of Brossman’s semi before Cooper’s vehicle traveled off the west side of the roadway and rolled over several times. Cooper was transported to the Baptist East Floyd County Hospital for treatment of his injuries by the Washington County Ambulance Service. The crash remains under investigation at this time.
Thursday, January 18th, 2024
An Orange County man was arrested after police pulled him over for driving left of center in Orleans. On Saturday Night, A Trooper with the Indiana State Police stopped a vehicle on State Road 37 for going left of center. Troopers spoke to the driver, who was identified as 36 year old Bradley Parks of Orleans. Parks displayed signs of being impaired and an OWI investigation was started that led to the arrest. Parks had a prior conviction for operating while impaired in 2022 making this a felony. Parks was then transported to the Orange County jail on the felony count of OWI with a Prior. The Orleans Police Department also assisted at the scene.
Authorities are actively seeking Tyrone Lynn Goodman, a 23-year-old male, with a warrant issued by Martin Circuit Court. Goodman, standing at approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 250 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes. Last spotted near 604 N. JFK Avenue in Loogootee, Indiana on December 14, 2023. Goodman was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor on June 28, 2022, in Dubois County, Indiana. Goodman is a registered sex offender in Martin County, but has not complied with Indiana code as required by a sex offender. Goodman is currently not in compliance with Indiana law and currently has an active arrest warrant out of Martin Circuit Court for failure to register as a sex offender, a level 6 felony. If you know where Goodman may be located, please contact the Martin County Sheriff's Office at 247-3726. Callers may remain anonymous.
A Crawford County woman was arrested on a warrant after a domestic incident from late December of 2023. According to a probable cause affidavit, on December 22nd, Mitchell Police responded to a report of a domestic fight in the 100 block of Dale Street at 10:43 p.m. in Mitchell. According to the caller, 28 year old Sumer Edmonson had punched a male in the face and left the home on foot. The male victim told police he was struck three times by Edmonson. He told police he was pulling into his driveway when Edmonson came out of an apartment and began knocking on his vehicle windows. He attempted to leave, but Edmonson refused to move. Edmondson then opened the car door and punched the male in the face. The male signed a domestic battery affidavit but refused medical attention. Police found Edmonson in the 200 block of Woodville Road where she admitted to having an altercation with the male but said he attacked her first. The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office, and a warrant was issued for Edmonson’s arrest. Edmonson was arrested on Sunday on charges of domestic battery and criminal mischief.
Monday, January 15th, 2024
A Fire over the weekend in French Lick destroyed a home and injured a member of the fire crew. Firefighters from the Springs Valley Fire Territory and Orange County Rural District 1 Fire Departments received a report of a fire around 5:30 A.M. Sunday morning. When Firefighters arrived at the home in the 8400 block of South Walnut Street they found the home engulfed in flames. While fighting the fire, a firefighter was injured and Orange County EMS were dispatched to the scene. The Paoli Volunteer Fire Department was later dispatched to assist with battling the blaze around 6:30 A.M. Temperatures at the scene of the fire were around 6 degrees which made the job more difficult for Firefighters. This now makes the second residential fire in Orange County over the weekend with a structure fire spreading to a vehicle due to high winds early Saturday morning in Paoli.
The Paoli Police Department have been awarded with a grant of $7,100 from the Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corp. This funding will be utilized for the purchase of rifle body armor and stop sticks, enhancing the safety measures for the officers. Rifle body armor offers enhanced protection for officers in high-risk situations. Unlike regular body armor, rifle-resistant vests are specifically designed to withstand higher-velocity rounds, providing an added layer of defense against advanced threats. This investment ensures officers are equipped with the latest and most effective protective gear. Stop sticks are a crucial tool for law enforcement, designed to safely and efficiently stop fleeing vehicles during pursuits. By puncturing the tires of a targeted vehicle, stop sticks help bring pursuits to a controlled stop, minimizing the risk of accidents and ensuring the safety of both officers and the public. This strategic use of technology enhances the ability to manage and de-escalate potentially dangerous situations on the road. Hoosier Uplands is a non-profit organization committed to fostering economic development and improving the quality of life in Southern Indiana. Their dedication to supporting local law enforcement aligns with the shared goal of creating safer communities.
After a three-month investigation consisting of the Indiana State Police, Spencer County Sheriff’s Office, and the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, arrest warrants were issued for two people suspected of dealing methamphetamine. On Wednesday, police located 36 year old Austin Adkisson of Chisney on SR 66, near Rockport, and conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle he was a passenger in. Adkisson was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Spencer County Jail. Officers then located 32 year old Justine Hayden at her residence in Chrisney and she was taken into custody. While at the residence, officers developed probable cause of drug activity in the residence. A search warrant was obtained through the Spencer County Circuit Court. During the execution of the search warrant, 103 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, digital scales, paraphernalia, and a controlled substance were located. Hayden was transported to the Spencer County Jail. Both Adkisson and Hayden are facing charges of Dealing in Methamphetamine over 10 grams, Possession of Methamphetamine over 28 grams, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia and on a warrant for Dealing in Methamphetamine over 10 Grams.
Friday, January 12th, 2024
A Kentucky man was arrested after a traffic stop determined he was driving while intoxicated in Crawford County. On Wednesday Night, Troopers with the Indiana State Police observed a vehicle fail to signal a lane change and cross the center line on State Road 66 in Crawford County. The Trooper spoke to the driver, who was identified as 42 year old Dustin Amos of Louisville Ky. Amos displayed signs of being impaired and an OWI investigation was started. The investigation led to the arrest of Amos and he was then transported to the Crawford County jail where he is being held on bond. The passenger, Stephanie Masterson, was cited and released for possession of marijuana. Amos is facing a charge of OWI. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Marengo Police, and Crawford County EMS also assisted at the scene.
Indiana State Police arrested a heating and air contractor for theft following an investigation that began in December. Detectives began an investigation in December after a Pekin, homeowner reported she paid 49 year old John Aaron McKinley of Floyds Knobs over $10,000 to repair her heating and air-conditioning system. McKinley is the owner of McKinley Heating and Air. During the investigation, Detectives learned the homeowner was allegedly advised her entire HVAC system needed to be replaced. They also learned McKinley removed the old system after requesting and receiving over $10,000 in payment; however, McKinley never returned to complete any work. Detectives also learned the homeowners were temporarily heating their house with a wood stove and expected the repairs to be made before cold temperatures set in. Detectives then forwarded all information gathered during the investigation to the Washington County Prosecutor's office for review and possible charges. On Wednesday, the Washington County Circuit Court issued an arrest warrant for McKinley. He was charged with Theft, a level 6 felony. Troopers located and arrested John McKinley and transported him to the Washington County Jail without incident.
Detectives with the Indiana State Police are investigating after responding to a fatal structure fire Wednesday evening. Around 8:30 pm Wednesday, the Austin Fire Department responded to a 911 call reporting a structure fire on the 1000 block of West Harrod Road just northeast of Austin. After extinguishing the fire, firefighters discovered a deceased male inside the building and contacted the Scott County Sheriff's Department. The sheriff's department then requested ISP detectives and crime scene investigators respond to investigate. The victim in the fire has been identified as 61 year old Robert David Bowling Jr. of Austin. Detectives and CSI were on the scene until 1:30 am Thursday. After a preliminary investigation, detectives do not believe foul play was involved and are handling the case as a death investigation. This case is still under investigation; however, no foul play is suspected. The State Fire Marshall Office is also assisting as investigators attempt to verify the exact cause of the fire.
Thursday, January 11th, 2024
A Daviess County man was arrested in Dubois County after a traffic stop for driving recklessly in the Rain. On Tuesday night, A Trooper with the Indiana State Police observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on State Road 162 in Dubois County. Police clocked the vehicle with radar going 86mph in a 55mph zone while it was raining. The vehicle also made passes around multiple vehicles. Police stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver, who was identified as 28 year old Jean Gedeus of Washington for reckless driving. Gedeus was then transported to the Dubois County jail on a charge of OWI.
A Mitchell man was arrested after police stopped a vehicle on Mitchell Road in Bedford. According to a probable cause affidavit, on Monday a trooper from the Indiana State police were on routine patrol when they spotted a pickup truck traveling south on Mitchell Road that did not have a working license plate light. Police stopped the female driver of the Chevrolet S-10 and her passenger 39 year old John Beyers of Mitchell. Canine Dusty was called to the scene and alerted police to drugs in the pickup truck. Police conducted a search and found meth, several prescription bottles with Beyers’ name on them, a digital scale with meth residue, and a package of syringes. Beyers was detained on felony charges of dealing and possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe.
On Tuesday, a Bedford man was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Correction by Lawrence Superior Court I Judge John M. Plummer III after failing to comply with the terms of his probation. On November 4th, 2020,49 year old Paul Diehl of Bedford pled guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony, as a part of a negotiated plea agreement with the State of Indiana. He was sentenced to 6 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections, with the recommendation that upon successful completion of Recovery While Incarceration, he may file for a sentence modification. Diehl filed for the modification and Judge Plummer III modified Diehl out of prison early and suspended 825 days to supervised probation. However, while on probation, Diehl violated his probation by being charged with a new criminal offense and failing to comply with probation. As a result, Judge Plummer III revoked Diehl’s suspended sentence and sentenced him to 825 days at IDOC.
Wednesday, January 10, 2024
A Mobile home fire in Paoli left a woman homeless and also killed several pets. Firefighters from Paoli, Springs Valley Fire Territory and Orange County Rural District 2 fire departments received a report of a fire around 8:00 a.m. in the area of 293 Wilbur Street in Paoli. The Orange County EMS were also called to the scene and placed on standby. The mobile home was owned by Amanda Marshal. Marshal had rented the home for more than 20 years. She had no insurance was left homeless after the fire. Firefighters are unsure as to the exact cause of the fire as the fire was found to come from the ceiling. No people were injured in the blaze, however two dogs and 3 or 4 cats were found to have perished in the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting Marshal at this time. The Indiana State Fire Marshal office have been contacted to determine the cause and origin of the fire.
Crawford County Community School has been granted over 6 million dollars to build a safe room. FEMA awarded $6,000,309 to Crawford County Community Schools to build a multipurpose safe room. The grant was awarded from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and will go towards both the Crawford County High School and Middle School. According to Executive Director of IDHS Joel Thacker, this project will serve as a critical element of mitigating disaster and potential injuries to residents in Crawford County. The Safe rooms are a wonderful enhancement and will serve residents well for many years to come. According to the plan, it includes creating a 7,000-square-foot safe room with enough space for 906 people. The room will serve as a gym whenever it is not in use. The project is estimated to cost around $8 million in total and the remaining $2 million is set to come from Crawford County.
On Saturday around 2pm, police conducted a traffic stop along Sandpit Road. Police identified the driver as 52 year old Terry Srygler of Bedford and the passenger as 42 year old Beau Hash of Bloomfield. Police detected indicators of criminal activity. Bedford Police canine Zazu was deployed , Zazu gave a positive alert on the vehicle. A search revealed over 3 ounces of marijuana in the vehicle. Srygler was also found to be in possession of over 7 grams of methamphetamine and over $2,200 in US currency. Hash was in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine and controlled substance pills. Both were arrested and transported to the Lawrence County Jail. A search warrant was granted for Srygler’s residence in the 100 block of Greenhill Addition Road in Bedford. As police were arriving at the home, police observed 48 year old Kristie Srygler of Bedford leaving the house with an expired license plate. Police conducted a stop on her as other officers served the search warrant. Officers located another 9 grams of methamphetamine, multiple digital scales, 36 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, another two plus ounces of marijuana, hypodermic syringes, 3 handguns, a rifle, and other items associated with the dealing of controlled substances. Kristie Srygler was taken into custody after police found her in possession of a handgun. Terry and Kristi Srygler and Hash were all arrested on multiple drug charges and incarcerated at the Lawrence County Jail.
Monday, January 8th, 2024
The Orleans Town Council met Wednesday January 3rd for its first Work/Study Session of 2024. The meeting also served as the Council's Annual Reorganizational meeting for the new year. John F. Noblitt was re-elected to once again serve as Council President for 2024. Council members agreed to keep the Council meeting dates and times the same for the new year. The regular town council meeting will remain the third Thursday of each month with a new start time of 5 p.m.. All current town department heads were retained for 2024 in their current capacity. A contract for legal services was approved once again for John-Paul Isom to serve as Town Attorney. Randy Clark was tapped to serve as the town's representative on the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission. John Noblitt will continue to serve on the Orange County Solid Waste Board as will Clark as the town's representative on the Orange County Economic Development Partnership.
A Lawrence County woman was arrested on Thursday after police went to a Springville residence to serve a warrant. On Thursday, around 11:00pm, Police went to a residence in the 40 block of Kenwood Addition Road in Springville in an attempt to serve an arrest warrant on 53 year old Rosalia Sons of Springville. Sons was wanted on a warrant for Domestic Battery Causing Injury and Strangulation. The warrant stemmed from an investigation that police conducted on December 12th. During the investigation, officers learned that a female had allegedly been battered by Sons. The female victim suffered two swollen and black eyes, along with several other injuries to her face. Sons had left the residence before officers arrived, and she could not be located. The victim was transported to a safe location and officers filed for an arrest warrant on Sons. When deputies arrived at the house, they made contact with Sons. While there, they also detected the odor of marijuana coming from the residence. Police obtained consent from Sons to search the residence and police located drug paraphernalia associated with the use of methamphetamine. At that time, Sons withdrew her consent to search and police applied for a search warrant, which was granted. During the search, officers located marijuana, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. Sons was arrested on the felony warrant, plus the additional offenses of possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, and paraphernalia.
On Thursday, a Bedford man was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Correction by Lawrence Superior Court II Judge Robert Cline after failing to comply with the terms of his probation. 50 year old Calvin Haddock, III of Bedford pleaded guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony, on January 26th of 2023, as a part of a negotiated plea agreement with the State of Indiana. He was originally sentenced to 910 days, with time served, and the remainder of his sentence suspended. He was ordered to serve 545 days on supervised probation in exchange for his guilty plea. However, after failing to comply with the terms and conditions of his probation, on Thursday, Cline sentenced Haddock III, to 850 days in the Indiana Department of Correction.
Friday, January 5th, 2024
On Wednesday, troopers with the Indiana State Police served a warrant on a Dubois County woman who was connected an attempted murder from December 2022. After an investigation, Detectives found probable cause to file charges on 33 year old Alicia Kellems of Huntingburg. Kellems was arrested for her participation in the attempted murder incident and she was transported to the Perry County jail. Kellems is facing two counts of Aggravated Battery When the Assault Poses a Substantial Risk of Death, two counts of Aggravated Battery When the Assault Causes Serious Permanent Disfigurement, two counts of Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and two counts of Battery by Means of a Deadly Weapon. The arrest stemmed from an incident that occurred in December of 2022 when police began an investigation after a victim was lured to an undisclosed location and battered repeatedly with baseball bats. The victim suffered life-threatening injuries that required medical attention. During the investigation, arrest warrants were issued for 3 other people involved who were identified as Jacob Burch, Dakota Hedinger & Elizabeth Potts. Those three suspects were arrested on charges of Attempted Murder, Conspiring to Commit Murder, two counts of Aggravated Battery, two counts of Aggravated Battery with Serious Permanent Disfigurement, two counts of Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and two counts of Battery by Means of a Deadly Weapon.
An investigation on Tuesday between multiple agencies led to the arrest of a Dubois County man on several drug charges. The investigation began when law enforcement received information that 41 year old Jeremiah Tredway of Huntingburg, was dealing illegal narcotics. Upon further investigation into the information received, law enforcement applied for and were granted a search warrant for Tredway’s residence on Wednesday. Upon execution of the search warrant, officers seized multiple items from Tredway’s residence. These items included 33 syringes, 1 including suspected liquid heroin, 3 plastic baggies containing suspected heroin and fentanyl weighing 3.9 grams, 6 plastic baggies containing suspected methamphetamine weighing 14.8 grams and multiple items of drug paraphernalia. Tredway was then taken into custody and transported to the Dubois County Jail. Tredway is charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine, Dealing in a Narcotic Drug, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Narcotic Drug, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Unlawful Possession of a Syringe, Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of a Drug Screen Altering Device.
On Wednesday, a Bedford woman was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Corrections by Lawrence Superior Court I Judge John Plummer III after failing to comply with the terms of her probation. On September 14th, 2021, 27 year old Brooklyn Fisher pled guilty to Escape, a Level 5 felony, as a part of a negotiated plea agreement with the State of Indiana. She was sentenced to 6 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections, with 4 years and 346 days suspended and placed on 2 years of supervised probation. However, while on probation, Fisher violated her probation by failing to comply with the terms of her probation. As a result, Judge Plummer revoked Fisher’s suspended sentence, sentenced her to 4 years and 346 days in the IDOC.
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024
On Sunday night, Troopers with the Indiana State Police along with officers from the French Lick and West Baden Police Departments responded to a suspicious vehicle on Chalet Drive in French Lick. The driver of the vehicle was alleged to be shining lights in houses. Upon arriving, officers located a vehicle driven by a woman who was identified as 43 year old Marla Kent of Dubois. Officers spoke to Kent about why she was there, and Kent told them she thought she struck something in the roadway. While officers were speaking to Kent, she showed signs of being impaired. Kent became belligerent with officers and refused commands. Kent fought with the officers and even bit an officer on the leg. Officers were able to restrain Kent and she still continued to scream obscenities at officers. Kent refused any field or chemical tests and was then transported to the IU Health Hospital for medical clearance. Kent was then transported to the Orange County jail on charges OWI with a Prior Conviction, Resisting Law Enforcement W/Injury and Battery on Law Enforcement.
An Orange County woman was arrested after police responded to a New Year’s Eve crash in Bedford. Bedford Police responded to a property damage accident around 1:32 p.m.at John Williams Boulevard and R Street on Sunday. According to police, 25 year old Alyssia Fields of Paoli was driving a 2019 Ford Fiesta. Fields told police she was traveling north on R Street and was attempting to turn west on John Williams Boulevard. She said she didn’t see the other vehicle who was identified as Michaella Scherschel. Scherschel told police she was traveling east on John Williams Boulevard in a 2005 Toyota Corolla when the Ford pulled out in front of her and could not avoid the collision. Fields admitted the crash was her fault. Fields and Scherschel both refused medical treatment. During the investigation, Police could smell the odor of marijuana coming from her vehicle. Police asked Fields if she was under the influence, and she allegedly admitted to smoking a joint at a friend’s house. A search of Field’s vehicle resulted in police finding a grinder containing marijuana, multiple smoking devices containing marijuana and a container of marijuana. She was transported to IU Health Bedford Hospital for a blood draw. Fields was then arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, endangerment, operating a vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
On Sunday, around 8:50 a.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Department requested the assistance of Indiana State Police Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators after they received a 911 call that a woman had been shot. According to the caller, the incident occurred at the victim’s home, located in the 6000 block of Mt. Carmel Road in Fredericksburg. When police arrived on the scene, they found 32 year old Heather Lawson dead from an apparent gunshot wound. A medical examiner, conducted an autopsy in Washington County on Tuesday and officially listed the cause of death as a gunshot. Detectives believe the shooting was the result of an accidental discharge. The case remains open, and detectives are continuing the investigation. The Washington County Sheriff’s Department, the Washington County Coroner’s Office, and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigation.
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