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Tuesday, December 6th, 2022

Governor Eric Holcomb is directing flags to be flown at half-staff in recognition of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day to honor the lives lost when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Flags should be flown at half-staff at the Indiana Statehouse from sunrise until sunset on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2021. Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff.

The Orleans Chamber of Commerce invites its members and guests to a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening ceremony for Pat’s Hall Plants Shop this coming Saturday, December 10 at 10 a.m. at its location on 6828 N. S.R. 337.  The new shop, which offers a variety of gift giving ideas, seasonal décor & more is owned and operated by Pat Hall. For more information regarding the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening celebration, contact the Orleans Chamber office at 812-865-9930.

Repeated calls to a Jasper apartment leads to the arrest of a Jasper man on Saturday. On Saturday night, Jasper Police were called to an apartment at 4044 Manor Drive because of a verbal domestic dispute. When officers arrived at the scene, they could hear yelling from inside the residence. Police then made contact with the three occupants of the home including 26 year old Cristian Aponte-Velez of Jasper. Upon investigation, officers found Aponte-Velez was heavily intoxicated and was having an argument over the phone. Aponte-Velez was asked by police to keep down the noise and warned him that if they had to come back due to him disturbing the peace again, he would be arrested. Several minutes after police left, Officers were called back to the apartment for a verbal domestic dispute. Officers again found Aponte-Velez screaming and yelling over the phone. Aponte-Velez was arrested and booked into the Dubois County Jail and is facing charges of disorderly conduct.

Monday, December 5th, 2022

A car accident on Saturday night left Kimball International with several thousand dollars in damages. According to a Jasper Police Department report, 20 year old Levi Arnold of Jasper was driving north on Cherry Street in Jasper around 7 am on Saturday in a 2016 Toyota Scion. He told police that he accelerated too quick, couldn’t stay in his lane and went off the road and into the landscaping of Kimball. The Kimball Property sustained $7,000 in damages and the Toyota suffered $10,000 in damages. No one was injured and Arnold was cited for unsafe lane movement.

Lawrence Superior Court II Judge Bob Cline sentenced a Paragon woman to three years in the Indiana Department of Correction on Thursday. 54 year old Katherine Carie pleaded guilty to Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, a Level 6 felony, with a habitual offender enhancement, as a part of a negotiated plea agreement with the State of Indiana. She was originally sentenced to 1,825 days, 720 suspended with 1095 to be served on home detention in exchange for her guilty plea. However, Carie had multiple violations of her home detention and was arrested later for escape which revoked her probation. Because of these violations and new charges, Judge Cline sentenced Carie to 1200 days in the Indiana Department of Corrections.

Wednesday, November 30th, 2022

Early Wednesday morning around 2:40 A.M, Officers with the Paoli Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle on W Main Street for false plates. The vehicle then fled at a high rate of speed and the officer pursued. The driver, who was identified as Mustang Beckham, led officers for over 20 minutes on a chase throughout the county before eventually crashing in a corn field just inside the Crawford County line on Zoo Road. Beckham then fled on foot but was tased and eventually caught by officers. It was discovered that Beckham had outstanding warrants for his arrest in Crawford County for Kidnapping, Criminal Confinement, Domestic Battery in the presence of a minor, and Domestic Battery on a pregnant woman. Beckham was also a Habitual Traffic Violator. Beckham was cleared at the Hospital and housed at the Orange County Jail for his new resisting charges and his warrants. The Paoli Police Department were assisted by the Orleans Police Department, The Crawford County Sheriffs Department, The Orange County Sheriffs Department, and Central Dispatch for their assistance in the pursuit and its outcome.

A Mitchell man was sentenced to over a decade in the Department of Corrections after he plead guilty in a negotiated plea deal in Lawrence County Superior Court I. 52 year old Richard Cota of Mitchell plead guilty to aggravated battery use when it results in loss or impairment of a bodily function. Judge John Plummer III sentenced Cota to 11 years in the Department of Correction with 10 years and 297 days suspended. Those 10 years will be served on supervised probation. He was given credit for 40 days served. Charges of aggravated battery, domestic battery resulting in serious bodily injury, domestic battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, and battery against a police officer were all dismissed due to the plea agreement. Cota was arrested on December 19th, 2021, after police responded to a domestic fight at a home in the 560 block of Southridge Drive. Police ordered Cota to exit the home, but he refused. While waiting for a response, officers heard a loud noise from the home and police forced the door open. Officers found a female in the bathroom with a blood on her face with her left eye swollen shut. Cota admitted to police that he took meth earlier that day and was impaired at the time of the arrest.

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022

A Thanksgiving day head on crash between two vehicles injured five people in Mitchell. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department report, around 10 P.M., 24-year old Robert Childers of Seymour was traveling south in a 2014 red Fiat 500 in the 700 block of Sportsman Club Road. According to Childers, he was driving on the wrong side of the road for a little bit when he approached the top of the hill. His vehicle then crashed head on with a 2002 Dodge Caravan that was driven by 54 year old Mabel Smith of Mitchell. Childers admitted to police that he had been drinking and submitted to a blood draw and those results are pending. Childers was not injured and Mabel Smith suffered abdomen and hip injuries. Also injured in the Mabel's vehicle, 29 year old Tyler Cataldo of Mitchell complained of head pain. Katherine Lindsey of Mitchell complained of facial pain. Kaya Smith of Mitchell complained of leg and hip pain. Shelby Smith of Mitchell complained of knee and lower leg pain. All were transported to local hospitals for treatment. Both vehicles were heavily damaged and had to be towed from the scene. Emergency crews were on the scene for over two hours while the accident was being investigated and cleared. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies Oolitic Town Marshal’s Office, Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department, Seals Ambulance Service, and IU Health Ambulance Service responded to the scene.

A 16-year-old female was detained after police responded to a domestic fight at a Bedford home. Bedford Police responded to a report of a domestic dispute Sunday afternoon at a home on 13th Street. A woman reported she had entered the room of the Juvenile and took a lighter. The juvenile then allegedly pushed the other woman twice causing pain to her right hip and head. The juvenile then allegedly struck the woman with a closed in her left shoulder fist causing pain. The woman signed a battery affidavit. Police then contacted the teen who would not comply with officers and had to be forcefully placed in handcuffs. The juvenile then attempted to pull away from officers. The juvenile was transported to the Bedford Police Department and Juvenile Probation was contacted. While at the Police Station, the teen attempted to flee from officers and hide. She again attempted to pull away and had to be forcefully placed back into handcuffs. She then kicked one of the officers in the upper thigh.

Monday, November 28th, 2022

A fire Wednesday morning destroyed an abandoned Mobile home in Paoli. A neighbor reported an abandoned mobile home was on fire around 4:18 a.m. on Wednesday. A Paoli Police officer was the first to arrive on the scene to find the mobile home completely engulfed in flames. Paoli Volunteer Fire Department were then dispatched to the home located at 218 4th Street in Paoli at the intersection of 4th and Thornton. The Paoli VFD then requested additional assistance from the French Lick Volunteer Fire Department. According to Neighbors in the area, squatters had been known to live in the mobile home previously. The neighbors said that squatters had been evicted from the residence previously. Firefighters were on the scene of the fire well past 6:00 a.m. No injuries were reported due to the fire. Paoli Volunteer Fire Department, French Lick Volunteer Fire Department, Paoli Police Department, Orange County Sheriff's Department, IU Lifeline Orange County, and Paoli Power responded to the scene.

A Mitchell woman suffered injuries after a Friday night collision on Woodville Road in Mitchell. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department report, around 9:15 p.m. on Friday 57 year old Monica Anderson of Mitchell was driving west on Woodville Drive in Mitchell in a 2019 black Toyota Tacoma. Her vehicle went off the roadway, hit multiple mailboxes, then ran into a concrete hole which resulted in heavy damage to the front of the vehicle. The Toyota then spun around and stop with the back end of the vehicle close to the roadway. Police believe the accident happened because Anderson was tired or fell asleep. Anderson became unconscious at one point during the crash and complained of pain in her knee, leg, and foot. An ambulance was called to the scene but Anderson refused to be transported to the hospital for treatment. The total estimate of damages was estimated between $10,000 to $25,000.

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022

Firefighters were called to a fire in a wooden area near Burton Cemetery road in Mitchell. The Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department were called to a woods fire at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday after a report that leaves were on fire. When volunteer firefighters arrived at the scene, they were joined with firefighters from the US Forestry Service. While at the scene they learned a man had dumped ashes from a woodstove onto the leaves. Marion firefighters, who were in charge of the scene requested additional manpower and support at 3:12 p.m. and the Mitchell and Huron VFDs responded to the area. Approximately two acres burned in the fire.

A Jasonville man was arrested Sunday after a report of a man with a knife at a Bedford restaurant. Police were called at 5:11 p.m. to Golden Corral in Bedford after a report of a fight in progress. When police arrived at the scene, multiple people were pointing out a 2018 blue Jeep Renegade that was attempting to leave the parking lot. Officer's then blocked the vehicle in and ordered a passenger in the vehicle, 59 year old Timothy Handley of Jasonville out of the Jeep. According to Police, Handley had an abusive attitude with officers, his speech was slurred and he smelled the odor of alcohol. Police spoke to the female driver who told police Handley was making a scene and bothering a male sitting in the booth next to them. When Handley was confronted by the male, Handley allegedly threw a utensil at the wall and threatened to cut the man. He then allegedly pointed the knife at a woman and threatened her. The male told police he wished to pursue charges. Handley was then taken to the Bedford Police Department where he continued to his abusive attitude toward officers and he kept attempting to pull away from officers. He was then transported to the Lawrence County Jail on two counts of intimidation with a deadly weapon, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and resisting arrest by force.

A Mitchell man was arrested on Friday after he was accused of taking items from another man's car in early October. According to a probable cause affidavit, on October 5th, around 5:22 p.m. responded to a report that a cell phone was stolen from a vehicle on Washboard Road in Bedford. The caller also told police that when he checked his bank account, he noticed money was missing.  He also reported his cell phone had been stolen out of his vehicle. The victim provided police with his bank statements that showed transfers had been made on PayPal, an ATM, and McDonald’s. The transactions allegedly took place from August 25, 2022, to September 21. The man said he had screenshots of the transactions made on PayPal from his account to 36 year old Anthony Henson of Mitchell. He told police that he he was arrested during a traffic stop and two females were with him. The females took his vehicle to a home in the 1000 block of Washboard Road. The man told police that he left behind a lot of his property including his cell phone in that vehicle. One of the females told him that Henson had his cell phone and was stealing his money and the phone. The alleged victim claimed more than $1,600 worth of money and items were stolen from the vehicle. The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for Henson’s arrest. He was arrested on Friday on a charge of theft.

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022

The Orange County Republican Central Committee will conduct a caucus on December 15th to fill the vacancy for the Orange County Coroner created by the resignation of Ben Bosley, which will be effective Jan. 1st. The caucus will be at 7 p.m. at the Paoli Town Hall, 110 N. Gospel Street, Paoli.    The caucus is closed to the public until discussion of candidate qualifications is completed. Interested Republican candidates in good standing must file a notarized declaration of candidacy found on the Secretary of State website at http// www.in.gov/sos/  along with a letter of interest to Orange County Republican Chairman Amy Morris before December 12 th  at 7 p.m. to be eligible to be considered for the vacancy. No candidate declaration forms will be accepted after the deadline.

A woman was found unconscious after a Friday night crash on State Road 37 in Needmore. According to the police report, On Friday at 9:29 p.m. the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department responded to State Road 37 and Trogdon Lane in Needmore after a 911 call reported a vehicle traveling south in the northbound lane. The vehicle was a 2008 red Chevrolet Impala and the driver was identified as 36 year old Holly McLaughlin. Damage was first observed to a traffic light on the north side of the median at State Road 37 and Pinewood Drive. According to police, the vehicle was traveling the wrong way on State Road 37 and State Road 54. Once in the median on the wrong way, the vehicle traveled several feet before striking another traffic signal which that was located in the median. The vehicle came to a stop 20 feet away from the traffic signaling device.  The car then caught fire and was completely destroyed. McLaughlin was found unconscious and suffered a head injury. She was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. The total estimated damages were between $10,000 and $25,000 and towed by Jackson’s Heavy Haul.

A Bedford woman was arrested on Friday after she was accused of conducting fraudulent banking transactions. According to a probable cause affidavit, on October 6th, Bedford Police responded to Bedford Federal Savings bank on 15th Street due to a report of fraud. A bank employee told police that a woman identified as 43 year old Barbara Roberts of Bedford opened a savings account and deposited two checks that totaled over $14,000. She then withdrew over $8,000 of it from the account. The two checks that Roberts earlier deposited later bounced. Roberts was contacted about the situation and she told a bank employee that she wound return the money. Roberts failed to return to the bank to return the funds. Bank officials made additional attempts to contact Roberts, but she stopped replying. Police also attempted to contact Roberts and were not successful. The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosector’s Office and a warrant was issued for her arrest on a charge of fraud.

Thursday, November 17th, 2022

A teenager was arrested on Tuesday after police were called to a Bedford restaurant due to an intoxicated individual. Police responded to a local restaurant at the 3000 block of John Williams Boulevard in Bedford. The caller reported a 17 year old teen had vomited on a table and believed him to be intoxicated. Police found the male slumped over the and covered in vomit when they approached him. Police requested the teen to step outside and once there, he demonstrated poor manual dexterity. The male was administered a preliminary breath test which resulted positive for alcohol consumption. According to Police, the person that came to pick the teen up from a residence before taking him to the restaurant reeked of alcohol and was staggering everywhere. The teen was detained and taken to the Bedford Police Department on charges of illegal consumption and public intoxication. The teen’s guardian and Lawrence County Juvenile Probation were contacted. The teen was issued a summons to appear in juvenile court on November 30th at 9 a.m. and released to his guardian.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

A traffic stop Monday night in Dubois County resulted in the arrest of two Birdseye residents after a large amount of drugs were found in their truck.Around 4:00 P.M. on Monday a Dubois County Sheriff's Deputy was patrolling on State Road 64 when he observed a black 2003 Ford Ranger westbound near Pine Ridge Road in Birdseye with without both functioning brake lights. According to a probable cause affidavit, the two men in the vehicle were identified as 44 year old Chad Frye and 47 year old Jason Skelton both of Birdseye. K9 Chase was brought to the scene and gave a positive alert on the pickup truck. Police then conducted a search of the truck and found over 97 grams of a crystal like substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine, a white powdery substance that tested positive for fentinal, and over 135 grams of marijuana. Both Frye and Skelton were arrested on charges of Dealing in methamphetamine, Possession of methamphetamine, Dealing in a Narcotic Drug, Possession of a Narcotic Drug, Dealing in Marijuana, and Possession of Marijuana.

Two woman were arrested on Sunday night after a traffic stop in Bedford. Bedford police observed a gray Nissan Altima traveling north on Mitchell Road in Bedford that crossed the fog line multiple times between the State Road 37 overpass and M&E Honda.  When police initiated a traffic stop, they noticed the male driver appeared nervous and shaking uncontrollably. The male said he suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome and it had caused permanent nerve damage. A passenger in the front seat, who was identified as 34 year old Brittany McHugh of Marengo and another passenger who identified herself as “Hannah Clark”. Canine Zazu was called to the scene and alerted to possible drugs in the vehicle. Police were then given consent to search the vehicle in which nothing was found in the car. Police later learned that “Clark” had given a false name because she thought she was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear. She was later identified as 29-year-old Hannah Brock and taken into custody. McHugh was later found to have drugs on her person and she was arrested. McHugh was detained on charges of possession of meth and unlawful possession of syringes and obstruction of justice. Brock is facing charges of false informing and identity deception. Both women were transported to the Bedford Police Department for processing and the male driver was released from the scene.

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

Lawrence Circuit Court Judge Nathan Nikirk administered the oath of office to Nathan Jenkins as Mayor of the City of Mitchell on Monday. The new Mayor will now serve the remaining 14 months of the term that left vacant by former Mayor J.D. England. The caucus was held on Saturday night at the Mitchell Community Center. A turnout of about 50 people attended the caucus to vote the next mayor. Jenkins was serving the city of Mitchell as a councilman. His seat will be selected by a caucus over a month from now. His seat will be vacated until a person can be selected to fill his term. Jenkins defeated five other candidates to become mayor including former Mitchell mayor Dan Terrell.

Two Jasper drivers were injured after a Thursday morning rear end crash in Jasper. According to a Jasper Police Report, Around 7:25am on Thursday morning 53 year old Laura Rickenbaugh of Jasper was driving a 2015 Chevy Suburban and traveling South on 3rd Avenue near the intersection of Meridian Road.  19 year old Steven Martindale of Jasper was operating a 2006 Cadillac STS and was behind Rickenbaugh. A vehicle in front of Rickenbaugh slowed down to make a right turn into a parking lot nearby. While Rickenbaugh was slowing down, Martindale rear ended her vehicle. After the crash, Martindale complained of pain to his knees and Rickenbaugh complained of pain to the back of her head. Both drivers were treated at the scene but refused to go to the hospital. Martindales Cadillac was a Total Loss and Rickenbaughs Suburban sustained $2,000 in damages.

A Springville man was arrested early Sunday after a traffic stop located drugs in his vehicle. A Bedford Police officer noticed a gray Nissan Altima change lanes without using a turn signal on 16th Street in Bedford. The license plate was run by the officer and learned it returned to a white Buick and not the Altima. The vehicle was pulled over around 1:02 a.m. at the intersection of 16th Street and Edgewood Drive. The driver, identified himself as “Hugo Menchaca” told police he had borrowed the car. Police brought in Canine Zazu who alerted police to the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. A search resulted in police locating a glass smoking device and a plastic box that contained crystal meth. “Hugo” was detained. Police soon became suspicious of Menchaca's real identity after not being able to obtain a driving status or picture. Police later identified “Hugo” as 39 year old Arturo Menchaca and it was learned Menchaca was wanted on a Lawrence County warrant. Menchaca was arrested on charges of possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, identity deception, obstruction of justice, and false informing and taken to the Lawrence County Jail. The vehicle was towed by Mikels Towing and Recovery.

Friday, November 11th, 2022

Two more names have been added to the list of those, vying for the vacant Mayor seat in Mitchell,
following the departure of Mayor J.D. England. Don Caudell and Vicky Schlegel will join the other four candidates during the Republican  Caucus on Saturday, November 12th at 6 p.m. located at the Mitchell Community Center at 101 Tom Green Drive. Nathan Jenkins (current member of the Mitchell City Council), Corey Pace , James William McFarland , Dan Terrell (previously served as Mitchell Mayor from 2008-2012) The new Mayor will be sworn in at a later date following the caucus.

Tuesday, at approximately 12:50 p.m. Troopers from the State Police Bloomington District responded to Old State Road 37 and Orchard Lane to investigate a two-vehicle crash with serious injuries. A Preliminary investigation shows that a 1998 Oldsmobile SUV was traveling south on Walnut Street when the driver had to use evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision with a 1989 Chevrolet van that was attempting to turn into an adjacent driveway. While attempting to avoid a rear-end collision, the Oldsmobile SUV side-swiped the Chevrolet Van in the same direction and then left the roadway. The Oldsmobile then became airborne and rolled before coming to a stop upright in a neighboring yard. After the impact and before the Oldsmobile SUV came to rest, the driver was ejected from the vehicle and found unconscious and unresponsive.Despite life-saving efforts, 38-year-old Addam Eckert, of Springville, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Monroe County Coroner’s Office. Investigators say Eckert was not wearing a seat belt and along with evidence at the scene have led investigators to determine that speed was a factor in the collision. The driver of the Chevrolet van was uninjured, remained on scene, and fully cooperated with the investigation before he was transported to a local hospital for a blood draw that is required by drivers involved in a fatal crash. Toxicology results on both drivers are pending.  

Wednesday, November 9th, 2022

A Tuesday brush fire occurred in Loogootee after a report of a vehicle on fire. Around 2:40 pm on Tuesday, the Washington Township, Southeast Fire, Montgomery, and Cannelburg Fire Departments responded to County Roads 1125 East and 800-South close to the Daviess/Martin County line. Firefighters received a report that a vehicle caught fire, and then spread to the dry ground which created a fire in the field. Off-road vehicles were need to get to the blaze under control. Firefighters were on the scene for over 3 hours leaving the scene around 6:00 P.M..

Two Drivers both avoided injury after a Monday night collision that occurred in Jasper. According to a Jasper Police Department report, officers were called to the intersection of Division and Wernsing roads around 6:24 p.m.. When police arrived at the scene of the crash, they determined that a 2019 Nissan Murano that was driven by 28 year old Shawna Vincz of Shoals, failed to yield to a 2005 Chevy Silverado driven by 58 year old Robert Duncan of Jasper causing the two vehicles to crash into each other. Neither person involved suffered any injuries.

Pediatrician Ashton Dixon, D.O. has joined the active medical staff at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. She will be joining the staff at Memorial Hospital’s Jasper Pediatrics. Dr. Dixon received her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree with honors from Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville. She completed a pediatric residency at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio. Dr. Dixon is originally from the Vincennes area, and now resides with her family in Jasper. Dr. Dixon is now accepting new patients. To make an appointment, please call Jasper Pediatrics at 812-996-PEDS. The office is located in suite 321 of the Medical Arts Building, 721 West 13 th Street in Jasper.

Tuesday, November 8th, 2022

An Eckerty woman was arrested after a Sunday afternoon traffic stop in Jasper. Around 2:00 pm on Sunday, Jasper Police pulled over a Chevy Impala that was speeding at the intersection of 30th and Mill Street in Jasper. The driver of the vehicle, was identified as 35 year old Jessie Hughes of Eckerty. During an investigation, police were able to determine Hughes demonstrated signs of impairment and she was taken to Memorial Hospital for a chemical test. There, Hughes tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamines, and cannabis. Hughes was charged with OWI, possession of a legend drug, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia and taken to the Dubois County Jail.

A Bloomington woman was arrested after police did a welfare check at a Jasper gas station. Around 1:55 am this Tuesday, Jasper Police were called to Sunny’s gas station in reference to a welfare check on an unconscious woman in a vehicle. When police arrived at the gas station, they located 50 year old Rachel Lockhart of Bloomington in the vehicle. During an investigation, police found methamphetamine, controlled substances, and synthetic marijuana. Lockhart arrested and she was taken the Dubois County Jail and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a synthetic drug, possession of a controlled substance .

A Jasper man was arrested after he left the scene of an accident in the Jasper Walmart parking lot. On Saturday, Jasper Police were called to the scene around 6:30 P.M. because of an accident in the Walmart parking lot in Jasper in which the driver had left the scene. After an investigation was conducted, police found that the driver of a Brown 2013 Chevy Silverado who was identified as 64 year-old Steven Gibson of Jasper was under the influence of alcohol. Gibson was located and arrested and booked into the Dubois County Jail. He is facing charges of OWI, OWI with endangerment, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Monday, November 7th, 2022

A head on crash on Friday claimed the life of two Washington County residents. Troopers from the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg are investigating a fatal crash that occurred Friday morning on SR56, east of Salem. Around 7:50 am, troopers were dispatched to a two vehicle crash on SR 56 just east of Shields Road in eastern Washington County. Units from the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Washington County Ambulance Service, Salem Fire Department, and Gibson Township Fire Department also responded and assisted. Arriving units found a gray 2009 Chevrolet Aveo had collided head on with a red 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. The collision occurred in the westbound passing lane, which is the center lane of a three-lane section of the roadway just east of Shields Road. The driver of the Aveo, 37 year old Ryan Fisher of Salem, and the passenger, 35 year old Rebecca Jean Simmons, also of Salem, were both pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Silverado, 29 year old Todd Albertson, was flown to University Hospital in Louisville with life-threatening injuries. An ISP crash reconstruction team arrived to assist. As a result of the preliminary investigation, troopers believe that the Chevrolet Aveo was eastbound and attempted to pass other eastbound vehicles when it collided with the westbound pickup truck. This case is still under investigation.

A mainstay on the southern Indiana high school sports scene for more than three decades, Justin Sokeland of WBIW.com and BNLathletics.com in Bedford will be presented the 2022-23 Distinguished Media Service Award for District 3. Sokeland’s contributions to education-based athletics will be recognized in Bedford on Tuesday night when the second ranked Bedford North Lawrence Stars host Bloomington North in girls basketball. IHSAA Commissioner Paul Neidig and Sports Information Director Jason Wille will make the presentation. Justin has more than 35 years of experience covering Indiana high school sports and IHSAA state championship events. Sokeland is the high school sports editor and publisher for WBIW.com and BNLathletics.com covering nearly every Bedford North Lawrence High School sporting event. He also produces a daily morning sports report for their on-air show. Previously, Sokeland worked as the Indiana high school basketball reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal from 2004-16. He was also a writer and Sports Editor for the Bedford Times-Mail from 1986-2004. Sokeland, is a 1980 graduate of Orleans High School and went on to attend Purdue University and Vincennes University. He and his wife Susan have five adult children and four grandchildren. This is the 36th year the IHSAA has recognized outstanding members of the Indiana news media from each of its three legislative districts for excellence in the coverage of high school sports. District 3 covers 43 counties across southern Indiana.

Detectives with the Indiana State Police are investigating a police involved shooting after a sheriff's Deputy attempted to serve an arrest warrant at a rural Harrison County address. Around Noon on Friday, the Harrison County Sheriff's Department requested ISP detectives and crime scene investigators to respond to an address in the 10,000 block of North Tobacco Landing Road SE, near Laconia after one of their deputies were involved in a police-involved shooting. When Investigators arrived, they learned that a Harrison County Deputy went to the residence attempting to arrest 28 year old Michael Kerns on warrants out of Kentucky and Indiana. Investigators believe that the Officer located and approached Kerns, who was standing inside a detached garage with an open garage door. The investigation revealed Kerns then disobeyed the officer's orders, going further into the garage and retrieving a shotgun. Investigators believe Kerns exited the garage and raised the gun at the Deputy, who then fired his weapon and struck Kerns in the shoulder. Kerns was taken into custody and provided emergency medical treatment before being transported to University Hospital in Louisville with non-life-threatening injuries. The Deputy was uninjured in the incident. This case is still under investigation.

Friday, November 4th, 2022

One person was injured after a Thursday morning collision that occurred in French Lick. On Thursday around 9:51 a.m., police responded to a crash on State Road 145 at the intersection of collage street in French Lick. A Gray Ford Taurus that was driven by 90 year old Vonda Clark of French Lick was traveling east on College Street when she stopped at the intersection of State Road 145 and College Street. Clark started pulling onto State Road 145 when she did not see a Blue 2009 Saturn Aura driven by 44 year old Melodie Meyer of French Lick. Meyer was unable to avoid to avoid the Taurus on the driver's side of the vehicle. The French Lick Fire Department had to pop the driver's door off to get Clark out of the car. Clark complained of pain and was taken to IU Health Paoli for treatment. Meyer was not injured in the accident nor her passenger. The Ford Tarus was a total loss and the Saturn sustained major damage to the front end. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022

As a reminder, Orange County fall property taxes are due November 10 th. The Treasurer’s office is open from 8 am to 4pm, Monday through Friday but will be closed on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8 th.   For your convenience, they have a drop box on the west side of the building, you can also pay online with your credit or debit card by going to treasurer.orangecounty59.us. Mailed in payments must be postmarked by November 10 th to avoid a penalty to Orange County Treasurer’s Office, 205 E Main Street, Suite 2, Paoli, IN  47454.

The French Lick Springs Hotel will hold its annual tree lighting ceremony on November 19th from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This year's show includes the lighting at 7 p.m., a fireworks display, and a special projection light show on the front of the hotel. The festivities will continue after the ceremony in the hotel garden with holiday music, s'mores, and pictures with Santa.

The Paoli Police Department made new hires that were confirmed by the Paoli Town Council on Tuesday. One of the new hires, Josh Babcock, who began his law enforcement career in 1995 as a patrolman with the Paoli Police Department. He transferred to the Orange County Sheriff's Department in 2007 to serve as Chief Deputy. In 2014, Josh was elected as the Orange County Sheriff, and will continue to serve in that role until Dec. 31st. Josh will join the Paoli police department on January 1st, 2023. Another hire, Kevin Conner, who began his law enforcement career in 2005 as a deputy with the Brown County Sheriff's Department. He then transitioned to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as a Conservation Officer. After retiring, he then joined the Orange County Sheriff's Department as a Detective. The final hire is Benjamin Farris, who has a combined experience of over 10 years in law enforcement and over 20 years as an EMT and Fireman. He will be joining as a reserve officer and will take over leading the reserve program alongside Chief Sanders.

Tuesday, November 1st, 2022

Days ago, Indiana State Police Detectives arrested Terry Daffron for the rape of a juvenile female in 1996. The ISP initiated the investigation and ultimately collected DNA at the crime scene. However, at that time, it was not known to law enforcement to whom the suspect's DNA belonged to. In September 2019, a Combined DNA Index System hit connected Daffron to the rape. The CODIS system is a database maintained by the FBI that allows state and local law enforcement laboratories to store and compare DNA profiles from crime scenes and convicted offenders. Following this discovery, Detectives worked closely with the Crawford County Prosecutor's Office and was later granted a DNA Search Warrant by the Crawford County Circuit Court. After Daffron's DNA was collected, a laboratory analysis confirmed the match of his DNA to the DNA collected in 1996. On October 20th, Daffron accepted a Plea Agreement in the Crawford County Circuit Court for Rape, a Class B Felony. Daffron is scheduled for a Sentencing Hearing later this year.

Lawrence Superior Court II Judge Bob Cline sentenced a Michigan City woman to 850 days in the Indiana Department of Correction on Thursday. 22 year old Alicia Diviney of Michigan City pleaded guilty to a felony charge of Possession of Methamphetamine and a Class “B” Misdemeanor of Battery, in September as a part of a negotiated plea agreement with the State of Indiana. She was originally sentenced to 910 days, with time served, and the remainder of her sentence suspended. She was ordered to serve a year on supervised probation in exchange for her guilty plea. Diviney was ordered to report to probation immediately. However, Diviney failed to report to probation as ordered by the court. A Petition to Revoke suspended sentence was filed with the Court on October 11th and Diviney was then arrested on October 19th on a warrant. Because of that probation violation, Cline sentenced Diviney to 850 days in the Indiana Department of Correction.

A Perry County woman was arrested after police were called to a Jasper residence because of a fight. On Saturday night, around 8: P.M., Jasper Police were called to 217 Northwood Ave in Jasper due to a domestic disturbance. After an investigation by police, 26 year old Haley Hayes of Cannelton, had a physical altercation where she had struck and strangled one of them. Hayes was booked into the Dubois County Jail on charges of Domestic Battery, Strangulation, and Disorderly Conduct.

Monday, October 31st, 2022

An Orange County man was sentenced to 22 years in prison after entering a blind plea of guilty to a felony charge of dealing methamphetamine, as well as a plea to a charge of resisting law enforcement. 29 year old Dustin Joy appeared in Orange Circuit Court last Monday for sentencing. Judge Steven Owen sentenced Joy to 16 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections, on the dealing in methamphetamine with prior dealing charge, and six years on the resisting law enforcement with a vehicle with a prior conviction. The sentences are to be served consecutively, meaning Joy must complete one sentence before he begins serving time for the other. Joy has a serious criminal history, including six prior felony convictions. He was on probation in two other counties when the current offenses were committed. Both of those facts were among the aggravating factors argued by the state at sentencing. Joy will begin serving his sentences immediately.

A Bloomington man was arrested after he was pulled over for a traffic violation in Bedford. Police pulled over a vehicle on State Road 27, south of Doc Hamilton Boulevard on Thursday after they notice a traffic violation. The driver, who was identified as 39 year old William Kriete Jr. of Bloomington. While police were speaking with Kriete, they noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Kriete told police that he smoked marijuana earlier. A search of the vehicle was then conducted. Officers found two burnt marijuana cigarettes, a small plastic bag that contained crystal meth and a glass pipe that tested positive for meth. Kriete admitted that everything was his. Kriete faces charges of possession of meth, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Friday, October 28th, 2022

On Friday around 12:30 P.M. officers with the French Lick Police Department responded to a crash at the Springs Valley Bank and Trust parking lot in French Lick. According to a French Lick Police report, 80 year old Edwin Plimpton of French Lick was driving his 1986 Ford Pickup truck . He was in the Springs Valley Bank and Trust parking lot located at 8482 W ST. Rd 56. As he pulled up to the front of the bank building, he went forward, went up and over the curb onto the porch, striking one of the pillars and the block pedestal that was supporting it. Plimpton was not injured in the incident. The concrete pillar had some damage to it and at least one of the blocks was damaged in the accident. Plimpton's truck sustained damage to the right front part of the bumper along with the right front fender. The grill was broken as well. Total damage to the truck estimated at 2500 to 5000 dollars.

On Wednesday, around 3:00 pm, the Indiana State Police Bloomington District A.C.E.S. were patrolling a rural area in Lawrence County. Troopers were traveling south on Old US HWY 50 in Lawrence County when they observed a northbound silver 2006 Pontiac Grand Am that traveled left of the center after it passed the trooper’s vehicle. After turning around, the troopers traveled north trying to catch the vehicle when they observed a female, later identified as 30 year old Destiny Powers of Bedford walking down the road. Powers matched the description of the female driver of the Pontiac and the troopers stopped, identified themselves, and began speaking with Powers. During the interaction, Powers displayed indicators of criminal activity and admitted that she was driving the car that the troopers were looking for and that she had pulled into a driveway after passing the trooper’s vehicle to avoid being stopped. Powers also consented to a search that revealed that she was in possession of a small amount of suspected methamphetamine. Powers was released from the scene and charges were presented to the courts pending confirmation of the alleged controlled substance. On Thursday, Troopers were notified that a signed arrest warrant was granted for Destiny Powers and around 1:45 pm, Troopers arrested Powers at her residence. Powers was transported to the Lawrence County Jail and incarcerated for possession of methamphetamine.

Thursday, October 27th, 2022

A Salem man was killed after his SUV collided with a dump truck on Monday on State Road 60 in Mitchell. The accident was reported around 11:23 a.m. at the intersection of State Road 60 East and Noe Road in Mitchell. When emergency personnel arrived at the scene, they found a red Mack dump truck loaded with gravel and a silver Ford Edge off the south side of the roadway. The dump truck was owned by Flynn & Sons Excavating & Paving Inc. and driven by 63 year old Larry Hawkins of Springville. Hawkins was traveling west on State Road 60 East. According to Police, Hawkins was traveling too fast to stop and the dump truck left his lane and traveled around stopped traffic into oncoming traffic. There he collided with the Ford Edge SUV that was driven by 44 year old Gilbert Morgan of Salem head on. Morgan was pronounced dead at the scene. Hawkins was not injured in the accident. Hawkins was taken to IU Health Hospital for a blood draw and those results are pending. The roadway was closed for several hours while police investigated the accident. The dump truck was towed by Ken’s Westside Towing and the Ford was towed from the scene by Mikels Towing and Recovery LLC.

A Bloomington man was arrested on Monday night after a traffic stop occurred on Main Street in Mitchell. Mitchell Police stopped a vehicle traveling west on Wilkins Way and Main Street because the vehicle didn't have a working license plate light. The driver was identified as 40 year old Ryan Frey-Scott of Bloomington. During the stop, the officer noticed a glass smoking device used to smoke marijuana THC wax. Also in the vehicle, police found a clear glass tube which also appeared to have marijuana THC wax in it, and a controlled substance that Frey-Scott did not have a prescription for. He admitted to police he had purchased the pill and would crush the pill up into five pieces and take each one separately. Frey-Scott was detained on charges of possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wednesday, October 26th, 2022

A Paoli man taken into custody after an incident in late September at Mitchell High School. On September 28th around 9:15 a.m., Mitchell High School Assistant Principal Robert Halslip was supervising the “powder puff” football game at the Mitchell High School football field. Halslip said he was standing on the football field when he noticed 20 year old Brighton Ames of Paoli walking with a female. He then noticed what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun on Ames’s left hip. Principal Haislip said the weapon was easily visible as the two were walking toward a gate that led to the student parking lot. On September 30th, Mitchell Police spoke with Ames who at the game to watch his girlfriend, admitted to police that he had his Glock handgun on his person when he walked into the game. He told police that he had just got off work and forgot about it. At the request of the Mitchell High School administrative staff, a trespass notification was issued for Ames. The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Ames was arrested on Thursday on a charge of possession of a firearm on school property. 

The driver of a SUV was killed after colliding with a dump truck on Monday on State Road 60 in Mitchell. The accident was reported around 11:23 a.m. at the intersection of State Road 60 East and Noe Road in Mitchell. Emergency crews were on the scene for several hours investigating the crash, cleaning up the scene and closing both lanes of travel. According to Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham, The driver, whose name has not been released, was the only person injured in the crash. Due to the severity of the crash, police have not yet determined if there is more than one occupant in the passenger vehicle. Bedford Fire Department, Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department, an IU Lifeline Ambulance, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, deputies, and AirEvac Air Ambulance were dispatched to the scene. The air ambulance was called off while en-route. The eastbound lane of State Road 60 was later reopened at 2 p.m. and the westbound lane of traffic was detoured. This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

A Jasper man was injured after he was involved in a head on crash that from Tuesday morning. According to the Jasper Police Department, They were called to a crash in the area of East 3rd Avenue near South A Street in Jasper around 6 a.m. Tuesday. According to police, 39 year old Enrique Sandoval of Jasper was driving southbound in a 2007 Chevy Impala on 3rd Avenue when he crossed the center line. Sandoval then hit the driver of a northbound 2009 Chevy Silverado driven by 52 year old Jonathan Mitchell of English. Sandoval was taken by ambulance to the hospital and Mitchell was uninjured in the accident. Sandoval is also being charged for driving without ever receiving a license.

Tuesday, October 25th, 2022

A Jasper man was arrested after police were called to a Jasper residence because of a domestic dispute. On Saturday, police say they were called to a home at 1300 Dewey Street in Jasper around 8 P.M. about an argument that was going on inside the house. When police arrived on the scene, they conducted an investigation and figured out that 33 year old William Schwartz of Jasper had hit a woman and also tried to strangle her during the fight. Schwartz was arrested and booked into the Dubois County jail on charges of strangulation and battery.

A Bedford man was arrested on Saturday after police received a call of a trespasser at a Bedford residence. Bedford Police were called to the 800 block of 27th Street after they received a report of a trespasser. When police arrived at the scene around 7:28 p.m. they spotted 41 year old Matthew Jeter of Bedford in the yard of a residence. According to Police, Jeter appeared to be intoxicated. Jeter told police he was invited to the home, but two people police talked to said they knew him but he was not invited. Jeter’s truck was found parked in the driveway of the home with Jeter's daughter inside. Jeter then admitted to police that he had smoked marijuana prior to the incident and police found a marijuana vape pen on him. The daughter was released to a family friend. Jeter was arrested on charges of public intoxication, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and neglect of a dependent.

Troopers arrested a Harrison County man for multiple child sex crimes after an ISP investigation that began in July. Indiana State Police Troopers began an investigation in early July after a victim contacted the police. The investigation continued over the next few months and included several interviews, including that of the suspect, 57 year old Rex Sheckell of Lanesville. During the investigation, Troopers learned that the alleged molestations and other crimes occurred in the late 1990s and early 2000s and allegedly occurred at Sheckell's residence as well as a camp located within Harrison County. Based on information gathered during the investigation, an arrest warrant for Sheckell was requested through the Harrison County Superior Court. On Thursday night, Troopers arrested Sheckell at his residence. Sheckell was then taken to the Harrison County Jail without incident. Sheckell is facing several felony charges including 4 counts of Child Molesting, Incest, Sexual Misconduct with a Minor and Incest with a Victim Less Than 16 Years Old.

Monday, October 24th, 2022

One person was injured after a two vehicle accident on Saturday afternoon in Bedford. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department report 67 year old Mark Adams of Springville was heading east on US 50 East in a Honda CR-V SUV. At that time 59 year old Peter Szymborski of Bedford, in a 2002 GMC Sierra pickup truck. He was making a left turn from Old US 50 East onto US 50 East. According to Szymborski, he didn’t see the other vehicle while making the turn and struck the SUV of Adams. Szymborski’s vehicle had damage to the front left bumper, tire, and rim. Adams’ vehicle had damage to the front end and damages were estimated between $2,500 to $5,000. Police cited Szymborski for failure to yield the right of way. Adams and Szymborski were uninjured and refused medical treatment at the scene. A female passenger in Adams' vehicle complained of chest pain but refused medical treatment at the scene. Adams’ vehicle was towed from the scene by Mikels Towing and Recovery LLC.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2022

A Bedford woman was arrested on Sunday after police were called to a report of an unwanted and intoxicated woman. Bedford Police were called to the 900 block of 18th Street after they received a report from the homeowner that individuals were being detained by her husband. When police arrived at the scene, the homeowner told police the individuals had left. Police were told the male involved had fled into a nearby wood line in which police were able to detain him. Police then found the female who was identified as 45 year old Shannon Rishforth of Bedford hiding several houses south of the caller’s home on 18th Street. According to Police, Rishforth was intoxicated and she was detained. Rishforth was then administered a preliminary breath test and tested at 0.293  BAC. Rishforth was reported to have caused prior issues with the family and they wanted to press charges. Rishforth was then taken to IU Health Hospital for a medical evaluation. While at the hospital, She became aggressive verbally and would not cooperate.  Once cleared, she was arrested on charges of public intoxication, and disorderly conduct.

A Lawrence County Judge holds a Defendant Accountable for Violating Probation and Sent him to Prison for over 850 days. On Tuesday Judge John M. Plummer III revoked 862 days of probation and sentenced Joe E. Speer to the Indiana Department of Corrections for 862 days. Speer was convicted of Theft, a Level 6 Felony, in April of 2022 and sentenced to serve 545 days of supervised probation. In addition, Speer had to work toward getting a high school equivalency certificate, obtain gainful employment and complete 80 hours of community service. On August 5th, a petition to revoke probation was filed. Speer had failed to show up to numerous appointments, had not obtained employment, nor could he prove that he had been trying to obtain employment. Additionally, Speer failed to take any steps toward obtaining his high school equivalency certificate.

Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

The Paoli Police Department as well as numerous public safety departments and businesses would like to invite everyone to the JayCee park for our first Trick-Or-Treat on October 31st, 5:30pm-7:30pm! Due to this being our first year, they are going to make it a drive-thru event where kids and adults will remain in their vehicles and be given candy as they drive by. They want to make sure the event is fun and safe for everyone. Cave St from W Main St to W Campbell St will be blocked off. If you are a business or church and would like to participate, please reach out to us at (812) 723-2836.

Human bones were found by a Monroe County turkey hunter in 2004. Police say they have now identified those remains as a missing man from Kentucky. The man was Steven Gabbard of Louisville, Kentucky. He was 38 years old when he was reported missing by family members. The positive identification came last week when a private firm called Othram compared DNA from the remains to a DNA sample from Gabbard's nephew. Investigators are trying to determine a cause of death.

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces daily lane restrictions for State Road 56 near Ireland. Beginning today, lane restrictions will begin on State Road 56 between West 300 North and Walnut Street. Alternating lane restrictions will allow for crews to perform saw cutting, deep patching and spot wedging operations. During restrictions traffic flow will be controlled by a flagger. A 12’0” width limit will be in effect for traffic traveling through the work zone. Traffic restrictions will occur between 7:30 am to 6 pm daily. Work is expected to last through the end of November, depending on the weather.

Monday, October 17th, 2022

The Paoli Police Department are excited to announce that they were among 4 departments in Indiana that received the Federal Government Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Grant. This grant allocates $125,000 to the Paoli Police Department for hiring and funding a brand-new patrol officer. Due to the nature of the grant, this hire must not have attended the police academy previously and must be new to law enforcement. This Grant also provides preference to veterans. The grant covers 3 years of officer pay and benefits.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department will be holding a Drive Through Drug Drop on Saturday. You may drop off your unneeded or expired prescription medicines from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, located at 715 Judicial Plaza Drive in English. If you are unable to drop off your prescription medications during the October 22nd event, there is a secure drug drop box available at the Sheriff’s Department 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for proper disposal. The program also serves as a reminder to the public to never flush medications and to properly dispose of them at these secure locations. All medications collected during the drop off are incinerated immediately following the event by Crawford County Sheriff’s Department. In addition to the Drive Through Drug Drop, the Sheriff’s Department will be sponsoring a food drive to benefit the local food bank. For more information about either program, please contact the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department at (812) 338-2802.

A UPS driver who noticed a damaged guardrail helped save the life of a motorist that went into the water. The Monroe Fire Department responded to E Monroe Dam Rd and Valley Mission Rd for a car wreck earlier Friday. Crews arrived to find a sedan over the embankment down in the water with the driver still inside the car. After assessing the best way to get the driver out, firefighters decided to cut out the windshield of the car. Once the windshield was removed firefighters and other rescuers assisted the driver, who was already standing up in the car, through the opening and onto the boat. The driver was then transported by boat back to the ramp where the ambulance was waiting. The driver was transported to the hospital for further evaluations of their injuries. The wreck was spotted by a UPS driver who noticed the damaged guardrail and then the car in the water. The UPS driver saw the passenger door moving as if someone was attempting to open it to get out. The UPS driver immediately called 911 as they ran down the embankment and into the water to try and help the driver of the car. The UPS driver stayed on scene relaying information to 911 dispatchers as fire, EMS, and law enforcement units were on their way to the scene. If not noticed by the UPS driver it is unknown how much longer the injured driver could’ve been in the water before someone spotted the accident.

Tuesday, October 12th, 2022

The Paoli school board has adopted a resolution allowing all voters in the Paoli School District to vote for all school board candidates,
after school attorney J.C. Tucker explained that every 10 years the census is completed and Indiana law requires that if a governmental body elects “from a district where the individual has to reside in the district and is elected from voters in the district, then the districts that are created have to bear a population within 15% of each other.” After the last census, the districts of the Paoli School Corporation are more than 29% of each other.

A Clark County man was jailed following an accident Sunday.
Jasper Police say officers responded to a hit and run accident at 42 nd street and Baden Strasse. When they arrived, they were notified the suspect, Levi Jones, of Jeffersonville, was stopped at the intersection of 42 nd street and Wilhelm Strasse. After an investigation, officers determined that Jones struck the parked vehicle of James Heathman and left the scene. Jones arrested and taken to the Dubois County Jail on charges of leaving the scene of an accident, operating while intoxicated, possession of methamphetamine, and obstruction of justice .

A 16-year-old male dead following a car accident early Sunday morning. A Greene County Sheriff’s Office accident report says the accident happened in the area of South State Road 45, just about one-half mile south of Interstate 69. Deputies say, Jed Cummings, left the east side of the roadway before crashing. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.He was an Eastern Greene High School student, and athlete.






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