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Thursday, June 23rd, 2022

On  Wednesday, Indiana State police located a male suspect that was wanted on a attempted murder warrant out of Lawrence County. At 10:30 a.m., Troopers were attempting to locate 40 year old William Blackwell, of Greencastle, who was wanted on multiple criminal charges on an active warrant out of Lawrence County.  ISP located a vehicle that Blackwell was known to operate in an apartment complex in Greencastle.  Police then received information that Blackwell was located in one of the apartments. The information was confirmed, and Blackwell was located within an apartment and taken into custody without incident. Blackwell was transported to the Putnam County Jail where he is awaiting extradition back to Lawrence County. Blackwell is facing charges of Attempted Murder, Burglary, Aggravated Battery, Battery by Means of a Deadly Weapon, Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, Intimidation, Level 6 Felony. Assisting at the scene were the  Putnam County Sheriff's Department and the Greencastle Police Department.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022

A Muncie man was arrested on Sunday after police responded to an attempted abduction. The caller reported the male left the Dollar General store in Oolitc in a red Pontiac Grand Prix and police located the car at Knucklehead Bend gas station on Lincoln Avenue. The driver was identified as 39 year old Charles Copley of Muncie . The victim told police that Copely was following her and her daughter down the aisles. She then said she went to a register to check out and Copely did the same and left the store, but returned. After checking out, she rushed herself and her daughter to their vehicle. As the child was attempting to get into the van, Copley rushed up to their vehicle and the woman slammed shut the doors. Copley then pressed his face on the window and started talking to the daughter. She says Copley then pulled a knife and the girl began screaming. The woman then fled in the vehicle.  The incident was captured on the store’s video cameras. Police located the knife on Copley when he was detained. In Copley’s vehicle, police found straws with cocaine residue. Copley also had a baggy containing marijuana hidden in his mouth. Officers also learned Copley’s driver’s license was suspended. Copley was arrested on charges of attempted kidnapping, intimidation, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, driving while driver’s license suspended with a prior conviction, obstruction of justice, and unauthorized entry to a motor vehicle in the commission of a crime.

A Bedford man and woman were arrested on Friday after police were called to a Bedford storage unit because of a physical altercation. Police were called to New Storage LLC on R Street in Bedford after they received a report of a physical dispute between the two people. Police arrived at the scene at 6:06 p.m. and they located a silver Pontiac Grand Am parked on the north side of the storage units.  Police then saw 39 year old Jessica Douglas and 23 year old Takoda Pemberton, both of Bedford exit the vehicle. The two were separated due to the nature of the call. Both Pemberton and Douglas told police there was no altercation. Douglas said that Pemberton was helping her move items from the storage unit to her vehicle. Police then asked Pemberton if he had anything illegal on him and admitted to and handed the officer a clear plastic container filled with marijuana. During a search of the vehicle, police found a 12 mushrooms for recreational use, a controlled substance, and a vaping THC cartridge. Both Pemberton and Douglas were arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. While police were attempting to arrest Douglas, police needed force to place her into custody. She is facing a new charge of resisting arrest.

A Springville man was arrested after he accepted money for a home repair job and never delivered on the work. According to a probable cause affidavit, Mitchell Police received a call from a Mitchell woman stating that she had was looking for someone to fix a water leak at her residence on East Frank Street. She posted a ad Facebook in March and 36 year old Jack Mandabach of Springville contacted her and fixed the leak for $200 the next morning. Mandabach then told the woman he had found other issues that needed to be repaired and offered to fix all the issues for $1,800 in which the woman paid him the money. When the caller attempted to reach out to Mandabach to perform the repairs or to get her money back, she said he blocked her on Facebook. The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for Mandabach’s arrest. Mandabach was arrested on Monday on a charge of home improvement fraud and theft.

Tuesday, June 21st 2022

The Shoals School Board met in a special meeting on Friday and voted unanimously for Kindra Hovis as the new Superintendent for the Shoals Community Schools. Hovis was hired on with a three-year contract  effective July 1st. Hovis succeeds Dr. Candace Roush, who recently resigned the position. Kindra graduated from Shoals High School in 2004 and received a Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education from Oakland City University in 2008. She was hired to teach 3rd grade at Shoals Elementary School in the Fall of 2009, where she spent the next seven years as a teacher, in grades 3rd, 5th, and 6th. In 2013, Hovis received her Masters in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. In the Fall of 2016, she began her career as a High School Principal. She lives in West Shoals with her two boys who both attend Shoals Elementary School.

A Saturday night crash investigation led to the arrest of a Bicknell man on Saturday evening after he was found to be intoxicated. Jasper police responded to the area of 400 North, east of Mill Street in Jasper around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday in reference to a single vehicle crash. While on the scene of the accident, officers determined the driver of a black 2006 Toyota Corolla had consumed alcohol. The driver who was identified as 19 year old Levi Brocksmith of Bicknell was taken to the Jasper Police Department for a certified breath test that tested at .11. Brocksmith was then transported to the Dubois County Jail on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and minor consuming.

Investigators with the Indiana State Police arrested an Austin man on Monday after a mother contacted them about possible child molestation. On June 13th, Troopers began an investigation into allegations of possible Child Molesting after the mother of the victim contacted authorities. The mother stated the victim was a child under the age of 14. After the initial allegations, Detectives continued the investigation with the assistance of the Indiana Department of Child Services. As a result of the investigation, Detectives discovered that the alleged molestations occurred multiple times between January and June of this year. Police also found that the suspect, 49 year old Tyson Myers of Austin, left his place of work after hearing the mother had contacted police and fled the area. After leaving, Tyson Myers did not return to work or to his current home in Austin. As the investigation continued, ISP obtained an arrest warrant and began a search for Myers. On Monday, Tyson Myers was found hiding at a rural Jackson County residence. Myers was taken into custody and transported to the Scott County Jail without further incident. Myers is being charged with Four counts of Child Molesting with a Child Under 14, Three counts of Child Molesting with a Child Under 14 and Dissemination of Matter Harmful to Minors.

Monday, June 20th, 2022

The Orange County Highway has reopened the new bridge 69, but county highway crews will be working on changing drainage structures on the road the bridge is located on. On Tuesday Co Rd 225 W will be closed between the intersections of Co Rd 150 S and 225 W to the intersection of 240 S and 250 W. That section of the road will remain closed through the night.

The body of a missing Springville man was found on Friday afternoon after he went missing on Thursday in Monroe County. On Friday afternoon around 5:15 p.m., Indiana Conservations Officers recovered the body of 64 year old Dwight Fry of Springville. The body of Dwight Fry was located in 30 feet of water after sonar and divers were utilized near the area where he was last seen in Monroe Lake. An exact cause of death is pending autopsy results. The original incident occurred on Thursday afternoon around 5:24 p.m., responders were dispatched to the lake for two people struggling in the water. Upon arrival, officers learned that one of the individuals was rescued from the water by a passing boater. The second individual was Dwight Fry and he was missing in water and a search was immediately initiated. Initial investigation revealed that before going missing in the water, Fry was attempting to help his wife, who began struggling in the water. Agencies assisting with the search include Indiana Conservation Officers, Monroe County Sheriff's Department, Monroe County Dive Team, Indiana State Police and Perry-Clear Creek Fire Department.

A Dale Woman was arrested on Sunday evening after she was found in a park lot with drugs in her vehicle. While police were conducting an illegal substance investigation, they made contact with 42 year old Tammy Poole of Dale in the Jasper Wal Mart parking lot. Police located her in her vehicle and a police k9 was called to the scene. The K9 alerted officers to the presence of illegal substances inside the vehicle. Upon a search of her vehicle, officers found 4 grams of methamphetamine, 2 grams of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Poole was arrested and taken to the Dubois county Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.

Friday, June 17th, 2022

The Bedford Police Department need your help locating Micheal Todd. Todd was last seen on June 7th, 2022 walking on foot in the area of 23rd Street and J Street in Bedford. He stands 6'00" tall, weighs 200 pounds, has hazel eyes and grey hair. If you have seen Micheal Todd, or know his current whereabouts, please contact the Bedford Police Department at (812) 275 - 3311 or your local law enforcement agency. Online tips may also be submitted at : https://www.bedfordpolicedepartment.com/submit-a-tip.html

A search is underway for a Springville man after he went missing in the water at Monroe Lake. On Thursday around 5:24 p.m., responders were dispatched to the lake for two people struggling in the water. Upon arrival, officers learned that one of the individuals was rescued from the water by a passing boater. The second individual, 64 year old Dwight Fry of Springville was missing in water.  A search was immediately initiated using sonar, boats and divers from multiple agencies. Initial investigation revealed that before going missing in the water, Fry was attempting to help his wife, who began struggling in the water. Search operations were suspended Thursday night due to darkness and are set to resume this morning.  Agencies assisting with the search include Indiana Conservation Officers, Monroe County Sheriff's Department, Monroe County Dive Team, Indiana State Police and Perry-Clear Creek Fire Department.

The Indiana State Police are currently investigating reports of fraud incidents involving the purchase of puppies using online social media platforms. Citizens report that they believe they are making contact with individuals who have puppies for sale. Once money for the purchase of the puppy is transferred to an account that is provided, the citizen is given an address to pick up their new puppy. Upon the arrival to this address, the citizen realizes it is a scam, loses their money, and does not receive the puppy.  Police wants to remind all citizens that scam artists are pervasive across the internet and all social media platforms. Scammers’ methods and tactics are primarily intrusive to your personal and financial information.  Be vigilant in purchasing anything online.

  Tips if you are interested in purchasing a puppy online:

As a reminder, never give out personal information such as date of birth, social security number, or credit card number. Many of these scammers want you to make a hasty decision and may pressure you or use fear to get your money or personal information. Be aware that transactions made by prepaid card or wire transfer are nearly impossible to recover once sent.

Wednesday, June 15th, 2022

The Town of Orleans put their drinking water through rigorous tests recently, and the water has again surpassed all requirements. The Town of Orleans Utilities is happy to report that Orleans had excellent drinking water again in 20 21 . Rigorous testing revealed that their drinking water again surpasses all federal, state and local regulations. C opies of the report are now  available and you can receive them from the  Orleans Town Offices located at 161 E. Price Ave. or visit  www.town.orleans.in.us. The town encourages you to review your water quality report and also welcomes your interest. Please contact Orleans Water Department at (812) 865-2539 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Monday thru Friday with any comments or questions regarding your 20 21  Water Quality Report.

The Dubois County Art Guild at the Jasper City Mill in Jasper has a new exhibit up and it will be on display through October. The DCAG Gallery Walk exhibit changes every 6 months. The public is invited to the Jasper City Mill, open Thursday- Sunday. Jacinta Wuerth of Otwell is the featured artist for this time period.  Jacinta is an active member of the Dubois County Art Guild. She has used her past studies in a variety of mediums to explore and create new works. In addition to Jacinta's art, the other art guild members have a collection of their artwork in the gallery walk as well. All artwork at the Jasper City Mill DCAG Gallery Walk is original and for sale. The work consists of oil, watercolor, drawing, acrylic, photography, print, sculpture, and 3D wall pieces. Summer through fall is a great time to visit the Jasper City Mill and see the exhibit in the river walk area. It's location next to the river delivers a refreshing walk in the warm weather. The Dubois County Art Guild promotes the appreciation of art and art education in the Dubois County communities. Artists are welcome to join the art group for sharing, support, learning and painting. The guild meets the first Thursday, 6 pm at the Jasper Arts Center.

Tuesday morning, Troopers with the Indiana State Police, Cyber Crimes Unit, and Internet Crimes Against Children Unit arrested a 33 year old Petersburg man. The investigation was initiated when a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was received by Indiana’s ICAC Task Force. As a result of the investigation, a search warrant was obtained through the Pike Circuit Court and served at a residence located on CR325 W in Petersburg. Based on preliminary findings as a result of the search warrant, 33 year old Bryan Robling was arrested and incarcerated at the Pike County Jail where he is currently being held on bond. Robling’s children were released to his mother. Robling is facing 6 counts of Possession of child pornography, 4 counts of Possession of child pornography, 3 counts of Neglect of a dependent and Possession of methamphetamine, Level 6 Felony.

Tuesday, June 14th, 2022

Two men were arrested Saturday night after a traffic stop occurred on State Road 37 in Bedford. Police stopped a vehicle on State Road 37 and Brock Lane after they noticed the license plate light was not working. The driver was identified as 42 year old Damien Tyler of Greencastle and his passenger was 45 year old James Stepter of Terre Haute. Tyler was a habitual traffic offender and was wanted on a warrant out of Vigo County on a charge of murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. According to a probable cause affidavit, Terre Haute Police say Tyler was at a home where 32 year old Ronald Arrowsmith died from a gunshot wound to the head. A search of Stepter resulted in police finding a glass smoking device with a powdery residue and a baggie containing meth. A search of the vehicle yielded a 9mm Ruger LC9s. A pill bottle containing crystal meth and two glass smoking devices containing meth residue, a tube containing meth residue, a partial red straw containing meth residue, and a glass smoking device containing meth residue. Stepter was arrested on charges of possession of meth in the presence of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia. Tyler was arrested on the outstanding murder warrant and new charges of possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, possession of methamphetamine in the presence of a firearm, habitual traffic offender, carrying a handgun without a license, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A Jasper man was taken into custody on Friday morning after police were called to a vandalized property. On Friday morning, Jasper Police responded to a report of vandalism which occurred in the early morning hours on Thursday. After an investigation by police, they determined that 43 year old Travis Voegerl of Jasper, had vandalized the home. Police also said that he also sent text messages to an individual whom had a protective order against him. Voegerl was arrested and taken to the Dubois County Jail on charges of Invasion of Privacy and Criminal Mischief.

Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Milestone Contractors LP plans to extend the current closure of S.R. 56 in Salem next week to continue work on a $13.2 million roadway reconstruction project that began in March. On or after Monday, June 20, the S.R. 56 closure will extend further west, to begin at the intersection of Cauble Street and end at S.R. 135. The current closure begins at Harrison Street. The new closure will allow crews to reconstruct the roadway and complete drainage work under the pavement. Crews are also active at the S.R. 56 bridge over Brock Creek, which is being replaced as part of the reconstruction project, in addition to the intersection of S.R. 135. The intersection closed late last month for storm drain installation, and pavement and curb replacement. The official detour continues to follow I-65 at Scottsburg (Exit 29) to S.R. 250 at Uniontown (Exit 41). State Road 135 is currently expected to reopen at S.R. 56 in late June. The contract was awarded to Milestone last December for a total of $13,292,500. Drivers are reminded to slow down, use extra caution, and drive distraction-free in and near construction zones. All work is weather-dependent and schedules are subject to change.

Monday, June 13th, 2022

A Juvenile male was airlifted to a Louisville hospital after an ATV Accident occurred in Campbellsburg. On Wednesday, the Washington County Sheriff's Department was dispatched to Vine Street in Campbellsburg for a male subject lying in the roadway who was bleeding from his head and back. The juvenile male subject was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Officers used security camera footage from the area to determine that the juvenile male subject had fallen off of an all-terrain vehicle, driven by another juvenile male. The incident is currently under investigation. Assisting at the scene were the Campbellsburg Marshal, Indiana State Police, Washington County Ambulance Service and the Campbellsburg Volunteer Fire Department.

A Jasper man is behind bars after breaking into a liquor store and stealing alcohol. Around 6:15 a.m. Friday morning, Jasper Police were called to Holiday Liquors at the "Y" in Jasper in reference to a shattered glass door. When officers arrived on the scene, their investigation led them to find that several bottles of alcohol were missing from the store. Police then located the suspect who was identified as 43 Year Old Brian Taylor of Jasper. When officers found Taylor at a city park, he was determined to be intoxicated. Taylor was booked into the Dubois County Jail on charges of Burglary, Theft, and Public Intoxication.

Friday, June 10th, 2022

The Mitchell Police Department are looking for a person of interest from a burglary that took place on Tuesday at a Mitchell home. Officers from the Mitchell Police need your help in locating Thomas Burton. Burton is wanted for questioning in reference to patio furniture that was stolen on June 7th, at a Mitchell home in the 400 block of Plum street sometime between the hours of 2 and 6 pm. If you know the whereabouts of Burton, you are asked to please contact dispatch at 812-275-3316. You can also ask to remain anonymous.

A Mitchell man was arrested on Tuesday after firefighters reported possible drug activity near the firehouse. According to a probable cause affidavit, firefighters were leaving the Huron Volunteer Fire Station located on Railroad Street in Huron when they saw a vehicle pull into the parking lot. A male exited the vehicle and went behind the north side of the fire station where he was seen pulling a plastic baggie that contained a white substance from under a tire. The firefighters confronted the man who then got back in his vehicle and left. The incident was captured on the fire department’s cameras and police were able to identify the male as 40-year-old Tylor Jean, of Mitchell. Police went to the home of Jean at 657 Davey Cox Road in Mitchell. When police spoke to Jean, he denied being at the fire station and police found no drugs on him or in his vehicle. Canine Flek was called to the scene and searched the home and found nothing in the home. Then police searched the outbuildings on the property and found a baggy of crystal meth. Jean was arrested on a charge of possession of meth and transported to the Lawrence County Jail.

A Shoals woman was arrested on Wednesday after a May incident in which she allegedly broke into a home by removing a window A/C unit. According to a probable cause affidavit, on May 24th, Bedford Police were called to 1911 12th Street in Bedford at 9:38 p.m. after a report of a man attempting to break into the caller’s home. According to the caller, she came home and found her son and his girlfriend identified as 22 year old Kayla Conley of Shoal inside of her home. The male and Conley had entered through a window after they removed a window air conditioning unit. The caller had a protective order against both her son and Conley. Conley was found hiding in the bathroom when the caller got home. The two then left the home and police were unable to locate them after searching the area. The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s office and a warrant was issued for Conley’s arrest. Conley was arrested on a charge of residential entry.

Thursday, June 9th, 2022

A Shoals man has died in a Tuesday afternoon ORV accident in Martin County. Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a fatal off-road vehicle accident that occurred Tuesday afternoon in southeastern Martin County near Powell Valley Road. Martin County dispatch notified DNR. Upon arrival 40 year old Billy Joe Craft of Shoals was found unresponsive at the scene. An Initial investigation revealed that for unknown reasons, Craft's ORV left the roadway, striking a utility pole before coming to rest upside down. The investigation into the accident is still ongoing. Responding agencies included Indiana State Police, Martin County Sheriff's Department, Martin County EMS, Orange County EMS, Lost River Fire Department, Martin County Coroner's Office, and Indiana Conservation Officers.

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

A Huntingburg man was arrested on Monday after he impersonated a police officer at a Jasper McDonalds. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s office, 63 year old Jim Zink of Huntingburg is a former employee of the Sheriff’s Department and briefly worked as a Jail Officer from October of 2017 to September of 2018. however, Zink is currently not associated with any law enforcement agency. According to Court documents, Zink went to the southside McDonald’s in Jasper on Sunday and demanded a juvenile employee at the restaurant be released into his custody. The incident was reported to the police by the restaurant. On Monday, police went to the establishment and reviewed video that showed Zink reaching into his pants pocket and pulling out what appears to be a leather badge holder. When Zink flipped the holder over, the distinctive outline of a sheriff’s badge was visible and the video showed him showing the badge to the restaurant employee. The juvenile then left the restaurant with Zink. Zink was arrested on Monday and is facing a charge of Impersonation of a Public Servant.

Troopers from the Indiana State Police were recently advised that 58 year old Timothy Brinegar of Bedford was allegedly involved in the continued use and dealing of methamphetamine while currently out of jail on bond after he was arrested for Dealing Methamphetamine back in 2019. After obtaining this new information, Bloomington District A.C.E.S. and Indiana State Police D.E.S. launched an investigation, which concluded on Tuesday. On Tuesday afternoon, around 3:30 pm, ISP located Brinegar in a 2015 Ford truck, at the intersection of Tunnelton Road and US 50. Brinegar was seen turning west onto US 50 without using his turn signal which resulted in a traffic stop being conducting. During the stop, canine, Zazu was deployed and gave a positive alert on the truck. Brinegar and his passenger had been asked to exit the vehicle to search the truck when police observed a baggie of methamphetamine on the ground next to Brinegar. Brinegar was also found to have a second baggie of methamphetamine in his pocket. A search of the truck revealed hypodermic syringes, digital scales with methamphetamine residue, and three firearms. There was also a loaded .380 handgun, along with an unloaded .12-gauge shotgun and an unloaded .22 Magnum revolver. Brinegar was arrested and transported to the Lawrence County Jail on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine with a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon, Obstruction of Justice and Possession of a Handgun without a permit.

A Bedford woman was arrested after a incident in May were she allegedly threaten a male and a female. According to a probable cause affidavit on May 13th, at 3:58 p.m. responded to a call from a home at 1118 Beaver Creek Road in Bedford after a resident reported she and a male living at the home were being threatened by a woman identified as 47 year old Stephanie Connolly o Bedford. The male said he was receiving threatening text messages on his phone. Connolly admitted to officers she had been sending threatening messages and destroying the woman's clothing. The next day police received emails from both the male and female saying Connolly had again threatened them. The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for Connolly’s arrest. Connolly was arrested on Monday on charges of intimidation, harassment, and criminal mischief.

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022

A Monday morning crash that involved a semi claimed the life of a northern Indiana man in Martin County. Around 8:33 a.m. Monday morning, the Martin County Sheriff's Department received a report of a single vehicle crash that involved a semi just north of the intersection of US Highway 231 and Raglesville Road.  A Preliminary investigation indicated that a 2002 International Semi Tractor trailer that was hauling lumber was being driven by 43 year old Merlin Miller of New Paris, Indiana. For an unknown reason the semi crossed the center line and ran off the east side of the highway, went down into a ditch and then came to a rest in a tree line. Miller was located in the cab of the semi but had already died of the injuries that he sustained in the accident. The roadway was closed for over 7 hours for the investigation and clean up of the wreckage. Assisting at the scene were: Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Loogootee Police Department, Loogootee Fire Department, Martin County EMS, Martin County Civil Defense, Crane Naval Base EMS, Storks Towing out of Jasper and is being investigated by Trooper Andrew Beaver of the Jasper District.

A Jasper man was arrested over the weekend after report of a male wandering into traffic in Jasper. Around 10:00 pm on Saturday, Jasper Police were dispatched to the area of Second and Clay Street in Jasper after receiving a report that a male who had fallen over a retaining wall. The caller also stated that the man was stumbling into traffic on Second Street. Officers located male subject who was identified as 62 year old William Nonte of Jasper in the parking lot of IGA. Police offered Nonte medical care before they transported him to the Dubois County Jail on a charge of Public Intoxication.

A Seymour woman was arrested Friday after police were called to a Bedford gas station because a woman was asleep at a pump. Bedford Police were called to the Dairyland gas station after a report of a female driver was passed out in her vehicle at a gas pump. When police arrived at the scene, they found 29 year old Amanda Anderson of Seymour unconscious in the driver’s seat.  Police were able to awake Anderson by knocking on the car widow and they asked to search her car in which she consented. Inside the vehicle, police found a glass smoking device with burnt marijuana, two plastic baggies and a folded-up dollar bill containing crystal meth, and two small glass tubes containing crystal meth and a plastic bag containing marijuana. She was taken to the Lawrence County Jail on charges of possession of meth and marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Monday, June 6th, 2022

After two separate investigations by the Indiana State Police Bloomington District, Judge John Plummer III of the Lawrence County Superior Court I issued a summons to appear for two former Lawrence County Sheriff's Department employees. On March 19, An investigation into 55 year old Michael Haag of Bedford who was then a Lawrence County Jail Supervisor along with additionally being employed with the Lawrence County Probation Department. Haag had allegedly assisted a criminal who had a warrant for their arrest and failed to report the whereabouts and/or failed to assist law enforcement with their arrest. After successfully applying for search warrants, evidence was found to corroborate the investigation. Haag was then issued a summons to appear on a felony charge of Assisting a Criminal. In April ISP responded to a residence in Mitchell after a 911 call was received, and Mitchell Police requested assistance with an investigation of a reported domestic incident due to a conflict of interest. Based on the investigation, it was revealed that 46 year old Dustin Allen, of Mitchell, had allegedly committed domestic battery and was, at the time, employed as a Lawrence County Jail Supervisor. Troopers collected evidence and statements and then submitted an affidavit of probable cause that alleges Allen did knowingly touch another person in a rude, insolent or angry manner. Allen was then issued a summons to appear on the following charge of Domestic Battery.

Friday, June 3rd, 2022

A Jasper man was arrested after police initiated a traffic stop on Thursday in Jasper. Jasper Police pulled over a vehicle on Thursday for driving with no headlights. A brief investigation by police determined the driver, who was identified as 27 year old Benjamin Seng of Jasper to be intoxicated. Seng was then taken to the Jasper police station, and a chemical test registered at .102 on a certified chemical breath test. He was then arrested and booked into the Dubois County Jail on a charge of OWI and OWI with endangerment.

A Mitchell woman was sentence to 4 years in the Indiana department of corrections for her role in a child pornography charge from September of last year. Lawrence Superior Court II Judge Bob Cline sentenced Leslie Winkler of Mitchell to 4 years in the Indiana Department of Correction after she plead guilty as part of a negotiated plea agreement with the State of Indiana. Winkler was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Corrections on a felony charge of possession of child pornography. Winkler will serve 3 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections and 1 year on sex offender probation and is required to register as a sex offender for 10 years. Leslie Winkler cooperated with law enforcement, and her husband Brennan Winkler was sentenced to 7 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections back in April on a felony charge of dissemination of child pornography.

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces a road closure on State Road 66 near Marengo for the replacement of a box structure. Beginning on or around Monday, June 13, State Road 66 between East Administrtion Road and State Road 64 will be closed to traffic. This will allow for crews to replace a box structure along SR 66. Work is expected to take a week to complete. State Road 66 is expected to re-open by the end of June, depending on weather conditions. During closure, the official detour will be Interstate 64 to State Road 237 at Exit 86 to State Road 64. Local traffic will have access up to closure.

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022

A Mitchell woman was arrested on Tuesday after police stopped a pickup truck pulling a utility trailer with expired plates. Police pulled over a Dodge Ram pulling a utility trailer in the Sinclair gas station parking lot on State Road 37 because the license plate on the trailer was expired. In the vehicle were three people including the driver, who was identified as 36 year old Kristina Smith. A male and a male juvenile were the other two people in the vehicle. While police were talking to Smith, police noticed the license plate on the truck was also expired. Canine partner Flek was called to the scene and alerted officers to possible drugs in the vehicle. The search resulted in police finding an uncapped syringe and a small baggy containing Heroin in Smith’s wallet. The adult male was released from the scene and the child was picked up from the scene by his grandmother. The vehicle and trailer were impounded and Child Protective Services was also alerted. Smith was taken to the Lawrence County Jail on charges of possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe, and neglect of a dependent.

A Bloomington man was sentenced in the Lawrence Superior Court II to jail time after he violated the terms of his probation. Lawrence Superior Court II Judge Bob Cline sentenced a 44 year old Jason Bryant of Bloomington to 800 days in the Indiana Department of Correction after violating the terms of his probation. Bryant previously plead guilty to a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and sentenced to 910 days in jail, with 840 days suspended with 545 days of supervised probation, as a part of a negotiated plea agreement with the State of Indiana. As a part of the plea agreement, Bryant agreed to complete the A.D.A.P.T. program, pay any applicable fees, and report to the Lawrence County Probation Department in which he failed to do all of the above. Those offenses violated the terms of his current probation and Judge Cline ordered him to serve 800 days for those violations.

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

An early-morning Memorial Day domestic dispute in Jasper resulted in the arrest of a Jasper man. Around 5:30 a.m. on Monday, Jasper Police responded to a Brucke Strasse residence after they received a report of a domestic disturbance still in progress. When Police arrived at the scene, they determined that 36 year old Ronald Morgan, Jr. of Jasper, had inflicted multiple injuries on a female during an altercation. Police also allege that Morgan battered and verbally threatened the victim as well. Morgan was taken to the Dubois County Jail on charges of Domestic Battery with Prior Conviction and Intimidation.

A Holland man was arrested on drug charges after he was pulled over because he had a suspended license. Police conducted a traffic stop in Jasper on Tuesday when they observed a driver who was operating their vehicle with a driving status of suspended with a prior. A further investigation by police led them to find that the driver who was identified as 48 year old Keith Gabberd of Holland, was found to be in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. He was arrested and booked into the Dubois County Jail on charges of Driving while Suspended with a Prior, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

A Bloomfield man was arrested on Thursday after he was pulled over by police on State Road 37 in Bedford. According to a probable cause affidavit, police were parked in the area of the Salt Creek bridge on State Road 37 when they observed a silver pickup truck traveling north with its license plate lights out. They pulled over the Chevrolet Silverado at 11:50 p.m., on State Road 37, south of John Williams Boulevard. Police identified the driver of the truck as 33 year old Kevin Jones of Bloomfield. According to Officers, Jones’ pupils were dilated. Canine Deny Joe was deployed to the scene and alerted police to drugs in the truck. Jones handed over a clear plastic baggie that contained over 1.8 grams of marijuana. Police also found on Jones’ person another baggie containing 0.830 grams of crystal meth. In the truck police located a loaded revolver, ammunition, a metal vape pen containing THC, and a glass smoking pipe. Jones was arrested on two counts of possession of meth, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tuesday, May 31st, 2022

A Bedford man was arrested on Thursday after he was found ditching drugs during a traffic stop. Police conducted a traffic stop on State Road 50 East and Tunnelton Road in Bedford because the vehicle’s license plate light was not working. The female driver was stopped and she had passenger in the vehicle who was identified as 29 year old Dennis Porter of Bedford and also four children in the back seat. According to police, the driver and Porter seemed nervous and would not make eye contact with them. The officer asked for consent to search the vehicle and both denied consent. Canine Zazu was called to the scene and alerted officers to drugs in the vehicle.No drugs were found in the vehicle and the driver was issued a warning for an inoperable license plate light and released from the scene. After the vehicle took off, an officer located a plastic bag underneath a guardrail where Porter was standing that contained over 4.5 grams of crystal meth. Police caught up with the vehicle near the intersection of 16th and D streets in Bedford and stopped the vehicle. Porter was detained and later admitted the drugs were his. Porter was arrested on charges of obstruction of justice, and possession of meth.

An Illinois woman was arrested on Saturday in Daviess County after a tip that she was in the area and wanted on a warrant. On Saturday, the Washington Police department received a tip from White County, Illinois, that 27 year old Jessica Brown of Carmi Illinois was suspected to be in the area. Brown was thought to be seeking refuge at a women's shelter. Washington Police Officers found and arrested Brown on the warrant without any further incident. Brown was facing a count of Unlawful Possession of Stolen or Converted Vehicle and a single count of Theft. No additional information on the original warrant was available.

Thursday, May 26th, 2022

On Sunday, the Washington County Sheriff's Department and other emergency services responded to the area of Fredericksburg Depauw Road, just south of US Highway 150 for a single motor vehicle crash, where the driver was trapped inside the vehicle. The driver was identified as 18 year old Noah Marrs of Fredericksburg. Marrs was extricated from the vehicle by Fire and E.M.S.. Marrs was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Evidence at the scene indicated that Marrs was navigating a curve when his vehicle lost traction to the roadway, and caused Marrs to lose control of his vehicle. The vehicle travelled off the roadway and struck several trees before coming to a stop. Police were assisted by Washington County E.M.S., Salem Fire Department and Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Recently, Superintendent Douglas Carter announced the promotion of Sergeant Dana Miller, to the rank of First Sergeant.  In her new assignment,  First Sergeant Miller will serve as Crime Scene Field Support Region III Supervisor , which includes Bloomington, Jasper and Evansville Districts. Miller is a native of Owen County, and graduated from Owen Valley High School in 1989.  After high school, Miller graduated with a bachelor‘s degree from Indiana University and continued on to earn her master’s degree in criminal justice through Purdue University-Global. During Miller’s 23 year career, she has served as a road trooper, gaming agent, detective, and crime scene investigator.  She has served on several specialty teams including hostage crisis negotiations, critical incident stress management and methamphetamine clandestine team. Miller currently resides in Martin county with her husband, Master Trooper Ken Miller and daughter, Mya.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Two people were arrested on drug charges after police saw a vehicle make a U-turn on Mitchell road in Bedford. Police observed the driver of a red  Ford Explorer make a right turn from 24th Street to turn north onto Mitchell Road. Police saw the driver immediately slammed on the brakes, make a U-turn, crossed all four lanes of Mitchell Road and then proceeded to get back on 24th Street. Police then stopped the vehicle at the intersection of 24th and H streets and in the vehicle was driver 39 year old James Barber of Florida and his passenger 32 year old Breanna Pearson of Bedford. The officer asked for consent to search the vehicle and Barber consented. When police searched the vehicle, they found multiple used syringes that tested positive for meth, two smoking devices, a loaded Taurus G2C 9mm handgun, an extended magazine to the Taurus G2C, syringes, a digital scale, and a contact lens container that tested positive for meth. Barber was arrested on charges of possession of meth with a firearm, unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a handgun without a license. Parson was arrested on charges of possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A Bedford man was arrested on Saturday when police were called to a report of a suspicious male beating on the back door of a Bedford home. When officers arrived at the home in the 1020 block of 22nd Street in Bedford they located a shirtless man without shoes on. The man was identified as 31 year old Nicholas Owings of Bedford. According to police, Owings was walking in the middle of K Street and rambling about an ex-girlfriend. Owings was told to go home and while walking away, went into other yards and made uncontrollable movements with his arms and was extremely unsteady on his feet. Police noticed Owings walking south on K Street instead of west on 22nd or 23rd Street toward Ted Jones Drive where he lived. Owings was then placed under arrest for public intoxication. According to the homeowner who made the complaint, Owings entered the screened-in porch of their home and then attempted to enter another door. Owings’ shoes were found at the back door of the caller’s home. At another resident in the 1100 block of 23rd Street police found Owings’ knife next to a swimming pool. Owings had entered several gates to get to the pool area. Owings was then charged with residential entry. When Owings got to the jail he told officers that he had used meth earlier in the day.

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

According to the Orange County Highway Superintendent Carl Anderson, the Orange County Highway will be closing Bridge 69 for a complete bridge replacement. The bridge is located at the bottom of Copeland Hill between the intersections of Co Rd 250 W and 275 W on Co Rd 240 S. They will be closing the road on the morning of June 6 th and will be reopening the road on or before July 4 th.

A Sunday afternoon collision on Newton Street in Jasper resulted in one injury and a citation. According to Jasper Police, officers were called to the scene of an accident around 2 p.m. on Sunday. 87 year old Gerald Hudson Sr. of Jasper was driving a 2021 Chevy Silverado and attempting a left turn onto Newton Street from Mannheim Road. Hudson turned in front of an oncoming 2021 Volkswagen Atlas that was driven by 53 year old Jody Todd of Linton who was northbound on Newton. A juvenile passenger in Todd's Volkswagen suffered non life threatening injuries and was treated and released at the scene. Hudson was cited for failure to yield the right of way. The JPD was assisted by Memorial Hospital EMS and the Jasper Fire Department.

Monday, May 23rd, 2022

The Bedford Police Department is needing the public’s assistance in locating Joshua Sandy. He was last seen on May 22, 2022, during the evening hours and is believed to be driving a blue 2001 Nissan Xterra bearing license plate VJS493. Joshua stands 6’4″ tall and weighs approximately 275lbs, has green eyes and brown hair. If you have seen Joshua, or know his current whereabouts contact the Bedford Police Department or your local law enforcement agency.

Children aged 5-11 are now eligible for a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine following authorization this week from the U.S. FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) is advising vaccine providers that they can begin administering boosters of the Pfizer pediatric vaccine to children in this age group whose last dose was administered at least five months ago. The Pfizer vaccine is the only one currently authorized for children ages 5-11. The Pediatric Pfizer vaccine for the 5-11 year age group will be given inside the Dubois County Health Department between 8:00am-3:30 pm. Patients are encouraged to bring their vaccination card to their appointment to ensure the booster dose is added. For any questions, please call 812-481-7056.

Emergency personnel were called to a Montgomery golf course after a golf cart accident occurred on Saturday. The accident was reported just around 2:00 pm at 316 North 450 East around Country Oaks Golf Course in Montgomery. According to a police report, 6 juveniles, who were between the ages of 4 and 14 were in a golf cart when it flipped causing a number of injuries. According to police, multiple individuals sustained injuries. Five of the individuals were taken to Daviess Community Hospital and the sixth person was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes. All the juveniles were treated and released by Saturday night. Two air evac units were also called to the scene, but they were cancelled because of weather conditions.

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

A Campbellsburg man was arrested after a warrant was issued for his arrest. According to a probable cause affidavit, on February 10th, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department were notified by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department that they had 35 year old Devin Straight of Campbellsburg in custody on an outstanding Lawrence County warrant on a petition to revoke his probation. When police arrived at the jail, they found Straight had a baggy of crystal meth in his pocket. The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued. Straight was arrested on Monday on a charge of possession of meth.

A Mitchell man was arrested on Monday after police responded male being aggressive toward a disabled motorist. Police arrived at the area of Kings Ridge Road and US 50 West where they found two vehicles, one a maroon Jeep Cherokee with a male in the driver’s seat. The driver who was identified as 47 year old Craig Hout of Mitchell. According to police, Hout was intoxicated and a half full beer can was seen in his lap. Police also noticed another unopened can of beer in his backpack. According to a witness, Hout had been speeding up and down Kings Ridge Road causing the witness’s vehicle to “shake when he drove by”. Hout failed three field sobriety tests and blew a 0.156 on a portable breathalyzer. According to police, Hout maintained an abusive and confrontational demeanor during the duration of the police interaction. He was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangerment and reckless driving.

On Saturday morning police were called to Bedford Bar after receiving multiple 911 calls about a patron. Police arrived at 12:48 a.m. at Downtown at Dacar’s on 1005 16th Street in Bedford when they were notified by multiple people about a female who was walking north toward the parking lot. Several witnesses and victims told police the woman who was identified as 23 year old Diovionne Banks of Bedford was the aggressor. One male victim accused Banks of punching him in the face and pulling his hair. Banks was stopped by Police, who said she smelled of alcohol and was loud, confrontational and combative. Officers said Banks was uncooperative and argumentative when she was interviewed about her side of the story. Officers then spoke to several victims and one security employee said Banks started a fight with another patron and he escorted her from the establishment. He also said she hit him in the face, pulled his hair, and bit him. Banks was also accused of scratching another male employee on the arm and caused it to bleed when he tried to assist in her removal. Banks grabbed a third employee, placed her hands on the woman’s face, and pushed her. Banks took a breathalyzer test registed 0.116 on it. She was arrested and taken to jail on charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct, three counts of battery, and battery causing bodily injury.

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

Two individuals were killed Monday evening after police and Good Samaritans stopped to assist with an apparent stranded motorist. Around 9:30 Monday night, an officer with the Palmyra Police Department responded to assist a white Ford Escape stopped in the roadway in the twelve-thousand block of SR 135 south of Palmyra. The Escape was driven by 31 year old Justin Moore of Owensboro, Kentucky. As the officer arrived, two Good Samaritans in a pick-up truck also stopped to assist. Within seconds of exiting their cars, shots were fired; killing Justin Moore and one of the Good Samaritans who was identified as 24 year old Jacob Tyler McClanahan of Corydon. Police and first responders immediately responded to the scene and attempted lifesaving measures but were unsuccessful. The Palmyra officer was transported to the Harrison County Hospital for minor injuries. Harrison County authorities requested Indiana State Police investigate the shooting and Detectives from the ISP responded to the scene. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available. Autopsies have been scheduled for today.

A couple was arrested on Friday after police saw a woman who was wanted on a warrant enter a Bedford home. Police noticed 39 year old Samantha Carver who was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear enter a residence in the 1010 block of 16th Street in Bedford. Officers knocked on the door and took her into custody. Police asked if Carvers boyfriend who was identified as 39 year old Ryan Hensley who was also wanted on a warrant was inside. Carver admitted he was, and police applied for and received a search warrant for the residence. Police entered the home through the front door and he was taken into custody. While in the house, police found a handgun with no or an obliterated serial number, lying on a bed. Police also located multiple firearm parts and rifle magazines inside the living room. Police then applied for another search warrant for the residence for any firearms, parts, accessories, or any ammunition and it was granted. The search warrant was executed and found was a clear plastic bag that contained crystal meth, eight THC vape cartridges, and a digital scale containing meth residue in the bedroom. Officers also located multiple guns with no serial numbers on them and multiple firearms parts. Carver faces additional charges of possession of meth, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hensley faces additional charges of possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and obliterating identification marks on a gun.

Monday, May 16th, 2022

On Friday, While patrolling SR 37 in Perry County, Indiana State Police observed a vehicle traveling 69 mph in a 55-mph zone. Upon further investigation, the driver 30 year old Corey Moore of Long Beach, Mississippi had an active Parole Warrant through Mississippi. Moore was also under the influence and was in possession of 102 grams of Marijuana. Moore was taken into custody and charged with OWI, OWI Endangerment, OWI Controlled Substance, Resisting Law Enforcement, Possession of Marijuana and his Parole Warrant. Assisting at the scene was the Perry County Sheriff’s Office.

Friday, May 13th, 2022

An Indiana State Police investigation has led to the arrest of a Crawford County judge.
Arrested was Sabrina Bell,  the Crawford County Circuit Court Judge. These charges stemmed from an incident that occurred in Crawford County on April 12, of this year. After completing a thorough investigation into the incident, Detectives from the Indiana State Police Special Investigations Section presented an affidavit to a Special Judge assigned to the case who found that probable cause existed for the arrest of Bell on a Level 6 Felony Charge of Domestic Battery in the Presence of a Child Less than 16 Years Old. Bell was booked into the Crawford County Jail and has since been released on pre-trial conditions.

Bedford Police investigating a shooting that occurred early Thursday.
According to Bedford Police, they received a 911 call at 10:16 a.m. from a male who had been shot at 1305 K Street. The man was able to identify his shooter and officers rushed to the scene. The male victim suffered a gunshot wound to the lower abdomen and was transported by ambulance to IU Health Hospital. After gathering information at the scene officers located 34-year-old Dustin L. Weldon, of Shoals, within a block of where the shooting took place. He was arrested on charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery, battery with a deadly weapon, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, possession of a handgun without a license, and possession of meth and marijuana and he was wanted on a warrant for petition to revoke. Bedford Middle School was on lockdown during the investigation.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department needs your help in locating a missing person.
Deputies are looking for Rebecca Carmichael, 25. She is a mixed-race female, with dark brown hair in braids, wearing a peach shirt and white jeans with black tennis shoes. She was last seen at IU Memorial Union at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Her possible destination was Indianapolis. Carmichael suffers from Schizophrenia and is off her medication. She doesn’t have a car or cell phone. If you have any information on her location please contact Deputy Walls at 812-349-2781.

May 12th, 2022

A man in a car was arrested at the Fraturnal Order of Police building in Bedford after an officer found drugs in his vehicle. On Tuesday, a Police officer located a gold Toyota Camry Solara parked under an awning behind the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #94. Inside the vehicle police found 44 year old Arthur Johnson in the driver’s seat.  While police were asking Arthur to move because he was on private property, they noticed a glass smoking pipe on the center console. A test of the white residue in the pipe came back positive for meth. Police then searched the vehicle and found a vape containing a marijuana cartridge and a metal grinder with a small amount of marijuana inside. Johnson was arrested on charges of possession of meth, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

May 11th, 2022

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces the closure of State Road 337 for a bridge replacement near Orleans. Beginning on or around Wednesday, May 18, contractors will close S.R. 337 about four miles south of S.R. 37 to replace the bridge spanning the Lost River. During this project, workers will completely replace the bridge decking, including complete removal of the surface and sub surface, exposing the beams. Work on this project is scheduled to last until the beginning of October depending on weather conditions. During the operation the road will be completely closed at the work site. All local traffic will have access up to the point of closure, but through traffic should use the official detour following S.R. 37 and S.R. 56. INDOT urges drivers to slow down and stay alert near crews.

A Lawrence County Jail inmate was found dead by police of what appeared to be a suicide. At 4:15 a.m. on Tuesday, a male detainee in custody at the Lawrence County Jail was found unresponsive from an apparent suicide. Corrections Officers promptly started resuscitation procedures, including CPR and AED, and continued until emergency medical personnel arrived at the jail. At that time EMS personnel determined the individual was deceased. The deceased detainee was identified as 49 year old Andrew Smith of Bloomington. Smith was being held on charges of possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and theft. He was also wanted on an outstanding warrant in Marion County. The Coroner’s Office and a detective were assigned to investigate the death. At this time there is no evidence of foul play. An autopsy was conducted later in the day on Tuesday.

A Jasper man was taken into custody after police were called to a Jasper apartment complex for a domestic incident. On Tuesday night, around 8:10 pm Jasper police were called to the Badendorf apartments in reference to a physical domestic situation that had occurred. When police arrived at the scene and after an investigation took place, they determined that 53 year old David Schaad of Jasper had struck another subject at the apartment. Police also learned that Schaad had an active protective order against the person he had struck. Schaad was taken to the Dubois County Jail on charges of Domestic Battery and Invasion of Privacy.

May 10th, 2022

A Jeffersonville man was arrested after police said he stole a New Albany police car that also contained guns and ammunition. According to New Albany police, Chief Todd Bailey noticed his vehicle was gone around 4:30 a.m. Monday while he was getting ready for work. The officer's lives at a residence on Fairview Church Road in Harrison County. The cruiser was described as a white 2021 Dodge Charger with an Indiana police plate. The police cruiser contained an AR-15 rifle, a .308 caliber rifle, a tactical vest, ammunition and other equipment. Around noon on Monday police said the cruiser had been recovered near Milltown in Crawford County. According to investigators, the suspect identified as 27 year old Aaron Higgins of Jeffersonville was not with the vehicle when it was recovered. Higgins was located with the help of a SWAT team in the Marengo area. Officers confirmed that the weapons and ammunition were also recovered. Higgins was booked into the Harrison County Jail on a charge of vehicle theft. Police Chief Todd Bailey issued a statement, adding that the police department plans to beef up controls to ensure the same situation doesn't happen again.

A routine traffic stop conducted on Thursday resulted in a felony drug charge for the driver. The probable cause affidavit says that police were on duty around 8:20 p.m. on Thursday when they saw a silver Volvo SUV make a wide turn completely into the center turning lane as it exited a restaurant on U.S. 231. Police followed the vehicle and saw it travel left of center. Officers had received an earlier complaint involving the vehicle earlier that same day. A traffic stop was initiated and the vehicle came to an abrupt stop, turned onto a cross street, coming to a complete stop after striking a curb. According to police, the driver identified as 32 year old Mark Douglas Scott of New Salisbury was shaking uncontrollably. A K-9 was brought to the scene and alerted to drugs in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed a safe containing over 52 grams of a white, crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, along with a digital scale and plastic baggies. A Glock 19 powered BB gun and magazine in the back seat, along with an Air Mag C11 CO2 powered BB gun and magazines were also found. Scott, who was staying in a Jasper hotel, gave consent for a search of his hotel room where officers found four glass smoking pipes alongside a line of a substance appearing to be meth on the counter. Scott was arrested without incident and transported to the Dubois County Jail. Scott is facing a charge of dealing methamphetamine.

A Bloomfield woman was killed after a head on collision on State Road 45 in Greene County. According to Police, on Monday 22 year old Morgan Apple of Bloomfield was driving south on State Road 45 just around 4:30 p.m. south of I-69. She was driving her 2014 Kia Soul when she collided head on with a 2016 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck that was northbound. The pickup truck was driven by 68 year old Jeffrey Euler of Bloomington. Apple was taken to the hospital after the crash where she died from her injuries. Euler was taken to the hospital after the crash where his condition is unknown. The crash is still under investigation and police have not said what caused the collision. State Road 45 was shut down for 4 and a half hours for the reconstruction of the accident by Police. Assisting at the scene Center Township Fire Department, Greene County Ambulance Services E1, E2, EMS 2, Indiana State Police, Greene County Coroner, Air Evac 17 Paoli, Ken’s West Side Towing.

May 9th, 2022

A Harrison County woman was arrested on several charges after police were called to a restaurant for a dine and dash. On Sunday around 1:00 p.m., the Jasper Police Department was called to Shoney's at 25 Indiana Street because three individuals did not pay for their food and left the restaurant.  During the investigation, Police found the subjects were staying at the Super 8 Hotel next to the restaurant. The subjects were identified, with only one person still being at the hotel upon contact by police. One of the suspects who was identified as 40 year old Tosha Linton of New Salisbury had already left the hotel. Linton was found to have several active warrants out of Crawford and Harrison County. A short time later, a female matching Linton's description was found at a nearby business. When police made contact, Linton gave a false name several times. Later police confirmed her real identity and Linton was taken into custody. A search of Linton resulted in police finding two clear plastic baggies, one contained a clear crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine and other baggy contained two blue pills later identified as a controlled substance. Linton was arrested and taken to the Dubois County Jail on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance and False Identity Statement.

An Saturday morning crash in Jasper resulted in three injuries and three citations. On Saturday at 11:30 am, 82 Year-Old Farroll King of Birdseye was driving his 2009 Dodge Journey southbound when he attempted a turn on to Newton Street from the 1900 block into the parking lot of a business. While King was attempting to turn left in front of oncoming traffic, a 2015 Kia Sorento that was driven by 21-year-old of Alexinnah Hahn of Evansville. Hahn was traveling northbound on Newton and crashed into the right side of King’s vehicle when he turn left in front of her. King and his passenger, Joy King, were taken to Memorial Hospital for non life threatening injuries. Both vehicles were considered a total loss. Hahn was cited for driving while suspended, the passenger in Hahn’s vehicle, Trenton Bass, was cited for failure to wear a seatbelt, and King was cited for failing to yield the right of way. The Jasper Police Department was assisted by the Dubois County Sheriff's Department, the Indiana State Police, Memorial EMS, the Jasper Fire Department, and Bob Lueger's Towing Service.

May 6th, 2022

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces changes for a recently modernized intersection in Huntingburg. Beginning on or around Tuesday, May 10, INDOT Crews will restrict traffic at the intersection of U.S. 231 and 14 th Street in Huntingburg to remove and replace the traffic signal heads. Currently the intersection is designed to allow dedicated left turns controlled by turn arrows. After further review of the area, INDOT will slightly modify the intersection to immediately improve traffic flow, with future projects in exploratory stages being studied based on need to determine the best long-term solution. The current signals with turn arrows will be replaced with traditional three-bulb signal heads. Left turns will still be allowed at this intersection; however, they no longer be split phased. Instead, all directions will run freely. Traffic making left turns will need to find a proper gap in traffic to make those movements. By making the left-hand movements permissive instead of protected this will allow north and southbound movements to occur at the same time, increasing the efficiency and reducing queuing. Work to replace the signals is expected to take a few hours and include removing the current signal heads, hanging the new ones, and programming the timings. Drivers should expect short delays during the project. INDOT urges drivers to slow down and stay alert near crews.

May 5th, 2022

A Williams man was arrested on Monday after police were called to a residence because of a domestic dispute. Police were called to 135 Sandstone Road in Williams due to a report of a domestic dispute. The female caller told police that 41 year old Travis Goen was on drugs and pushing people around. When officers arrived at the home, Goen refused to come outside and retreated back into the home. Officers noted that he was extremely agitated, sweating profusely, and did not want law enforcement there. The female, who was in the living room attempted to leave with her two children and Goen made an aggressive move to stop her. Police then took Goen to the ground and detained him. The woman told police that Goen had shoved her during an altercation but she did not want to file charges. In the home, the officer noticed the distinct odor of marijuana and Goen admitted to officers that smoked marijuana and did meth earlier in the day. Goen was taken to IU Health Hospital for a medical evaluation and later was detained for the charge of resisting arrest. Police then obtained a search warrant for Goen’s home. At the home, police found marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a grinder, joints, THC wax, and a baggie containing crystal meth. Goen was then additionally charged with possession of meth, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

May 4th, 2022

The Justice Department says an Indiana man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to three felony counts of illegally harvesting American paddlefish and its eggs. Court documents says a commercial fisherman identified as Joseph Schigur, and his deckhand harvested 96 American paddlefish and their eggs, called roe from the Ohio River on three separate days in December 2015 and February 2016. Court documents also say that he was well aware the waters were closed to commercial fishing. Schigur would capture the paddlefish using gill nets and transported each catch to his shop in English, where the roe was extracted from the females and processed to make caviar and the carcasses were carved up into smaller portions. All were then stored in freezers for future sale to out-of-state customers. In total, the three fishing trips brought in 1,400 pounds of fish meat and 72 pounds of caviar. Most of what he caught was sold to vendors in New York City. In order to conceal his illegal gain, Schigur would falsify monthly reports of commercial fish harvests and daily roe harvest reports by claiming he caught the paddlefish in Kentucky waters. Schigur plead guilty to three felony counts of Lacey Act violation and a sentencing date has not been set. Schigur faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 criminal fine, and a possible order requiring restitution payable to the state of Ohio.

A Jasper man was taken into custody on Friday night after police received a report a vehicle all over the road on Newton Street in Jasper. Around noon, Jasper Police were received a report of a vehicle heading southbound on Newton Street. The vehicle was reportedly swerving all over the road. Police initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and the driver was identified as 24 year old Kaden Quinn of Jasper. According to police, Quinn showed signs of being impaired and was transported to Memorial Hospital for a chemical test. He was found to be under the influence and charged with Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with Endangerment, and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a BAC of .15% or more. Quinn was then booked into the Dubois County Jail.

May 3rd, 2022

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Aviation Administration Indianapolis Flight Standards District Office responded to a request for assistance at the site of an aircraft emergency landing on Wood School Road north of Loogootee. On Saturday at 8:10 AM, Martin County Dispatch was advised of an aircraft’s emergency landing and a request for assistance. Police met with the pilot, 80 year old Richard Hebeisen of Jasper. Hebeisen advised shortly after takeoff at Huntingburg airport, his 1983 Piper aircraft began to have engine failure. Hebeisen and his passenger observed an opening big enough to attempt an emergency landing. Hebeisen was able to successfully land the aircraft without injury to himself or his passenger. There was damage to left side of the aircraft and a few trees in the landing path. The Federal Aviation Administration Indianapolis Flight Standards District Office was called in for assistance into the investigation of the emergency landing.

Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Milestone Contractors LP plans to close the intersection of S.R. 135 and S.R. 56 in Salem on or after Tuesday, May 31, to continue work on a $13.2 million roadway reconstruction project that began in March. Following the Memorial Day holiday, the intersection will close for up to 30 days as crews install storm drains and reconstruct the pavement and curb ramps in the area. The official detour for the intersection closure is I-65 at Scottsburg (Exit 29) to S.R. 250 at Uniontown (Exit 41). State Road 56 remains closed between S.R. 135 and Harrison Street for pavement reconstruction. Replacing the bridge over Brock Creek is also planned. By the end of the contract, nearly a mile and a half of pavement on S.R. 56 will be replaced between S.R. 60 and S.R. 135. The reconstruction portion of the project is scheduled to be complete in fall of 2023. Patching, milling and paving is also scheduled this year on a short section of S.R. 135, north of S.R. 56. State Road 135 will remain open to traffic throughout the paving project, but with lane closures and flagging. The completion date for resurfacing on S.R. 135 is in late June 2022. The contract was awarded to Milestone last December for a total of $13,292,500. Drivers are reminded to slow down, use extra caution, and drive distraction-free in and near construction zones. All work is weather-dependent and schedules are subject to change.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department and the Salem Police Department recently held their quarterly drive-thru Drug Drop for proper disposal of prescription medications and a Food Drive for our local food bank. A total of 72 pounds of prescription medications were collected and incinerated. A total of 584 pounds of prescription medications have been collected and incinerated since October of 2019. A total of $50 cash and 83 food items were collected at the quarterly drive-thru food drive. The Washington County Sherriff's Department thank everyone who has donated to the food bank and also thank everyone who helped properly dispose of expired or unwanted prescriptions medications.

April 29th, 2022

Coming up on Tuesday, May 3rd, its the May Primary Elections in Orange County
. On the Ballot: For US Senator , incumbent Republican Todd Young and Democrat Thomas McDermott Jr, In the US 8th District race, incumbent republican Dr Larry Buschon and 3 Democratic nominees, Adnin Dhair, Ray McCormick, and Peter Priest the 2nd. In County Races, for OC Sheriff, 3 Republicans, seeking your vote, David Henderson, Thomas McCracken and Dean Lynd. For the 65th State Representative race, Republicans, Chris May and John Lee and the democrat Kevin Goodman. County Council Races, Council District 2, Republicans Amy Doan and Mary Catherine Henderson, seeking the nomination, Council District 4, Richard (Rick) England and CJ Fleenor, also seeking the nomination. Also a number of Township Board, Township Trustee and Precinct Committeeman races as well, round out the OC Ballot. For more information, go to wflq.com and click on the link for Orange County Primary 2022, for the entire ballot. For the complete ballot go to http://www.wflq.com/MayPrimary2022.htm

On Saturday, April 30, 2022, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is sponsoring the 22nd nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiative.  The “Take Back” initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs. Collection sites will be set up nationwide for expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs which will be properly disposed of without threat to the environment.  This program is for liquid and pill medications.  Vaping pens without batteries and vaping cartridges will also be taken.  Needles, new or used, WILL NOT be accepted for disposal.  This service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. The Indiana State Police is pleased to once again partner with the DEA, to dispose of unwanted medications that may be dropped off at any Indiana State Police Post, including the Jasper Post, located on Newton Street in Jasper or the Bloomington Post.  The event will be Saturday, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.   

A Lawrence County woman arrested and issued a summons to appear in court after she was caught stealing from the Bedford Walmart. According to a probable cause affidavit, Wednesday, at 2:50 p.m. officers dispatched to Walmart after a report of a theft. There, police spoke with asset protection employees and learned that 44-year-old Alicia Claffy of Mitchell, was seen scanning items with different UPC on the item An employee was able to provide a receipt for both the total paid and total amount stolen and the UPCs that were placed on the other items. Claffy was detained and then arrested. The total amount was $6.98, including tax. The total amount of theft, was $62.80, before tax. Claffy was issued a summons to appear in Lawrence Superior Court 1 on May 10, and released from the scene.

April 28th, 2022

Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews plan to begin chip seal operations next month on S.R. 56 in Scott and Washington Counties. Work will take place starting as early as Monday, May 2, between the Salem Bypass and Zion Road east of Salem. Drivers can expect lane closures with flagging along this stretch of road. Chip seal operations typically last three to four days per location depending upon weather. Work is completed under single lane closures with flagging or daily road closures to prevent damage to both vehicles and the roadway. During operations, existing pavement is coated with liquid asphalt, which seals cracks and provides waterproof protection. This extends the service life of the roadway and lowers maintenance costs. Once the seal coat is complete, loose aggregate is applied and swept from the road. After a curing period, crews will return to fog seal the new driving surface and apply pavement markings. Chip seal is a cost-effective pavement preservation technique that is utilized across the state of Indiana, saving an estimated six to 14 dollars in taxpayer expenditures for every dollar invested in extending the life of a roadway. INDOT reminds drivers to slow down, avoid distractions, and consider worker safety when traveling through active work zones. All work is weather-dependent and schedules are subject to change.

This Saturday, the Drug Enforcement Administration is sponsoring the 22 nd nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiative.  The “Take Back” initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs. Collection sites will be set up nationwide for expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs which will be properly disposed of without threat to the environment.  This program is for liquid and pill medications.  Vaping pens  without batteries and vaping cartridges will also be taken.   Needles WILL NOT be accepted for disposal.  This service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Unused or expired medication in home cabinets is highly susceptible to theft, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines pose both potential safety and health hazards. Once again, the Indiana State Police is pleased to partner with the DEA, and as in the past, unwanted medications may be dropped off at any Indiana State Police Post, except the Lowell and Toll Road Posts. The event will be on Saturday, April 30th between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. You can v isit DEAtakeback.com for a collection site near you.

April 27th, 2022

A Mitchell woman was arrested after she was accused of stealing 75 dollars from a woman who she was taking care of. According to a probable cause affidavit, on March 10th, at 1:38 p.m. a woman came to the police station to report that someone had stolen money from her bank account. The woman also told police she used a home healthcare service and a new worker was sent in on March 1st who was identified as 32 year old Amber Wells of Mitchell. Wells was asked to do her laundry Laundromat on Lincoln Avenue and pick up groceries at Wal-Mart and given permission to use her debit card. The victim learned that $75 had been pulled from her account upon checking it. The woman told police Wells was supposed to return to her home to work two days later but didn't show up. The Healthcare service was called but they were unable to contact Wells.  According to Hoosier Hills Credit Union, Wells was captured on camera taking $75 out of the victim’s account. Police showed up to Wells’ home but she was not home. Later detectives received a call from her and set up an interview but she never showed up for that interview. The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for her arrest. She was then arrested on Monday on a charge of theft.

A Mitchell man was arrested after he allegedly came to home intoxicated, assaulted a male, broke windows and taillights. Police were called to the 2380 block of Stonington Road in Mitchell after they received report of a possible suicidal male. When officers arrived at the scene they were told 31 year old Dustin Milligan of Mitchell was hiding in a wooded area. Officers found Milligan hiding behind a shed near the woodline. At first, Milligan was confrontational but eventually cooperated with officers. The male victim told police that Milligan had arrived at his home intoxicated and was yelling and angry at the male victim. He said that Milligan overturned a pool table and began striking the him with a closed fist while he was holding an infant. Milligan was then accused of chasing another male who was at the home and breaking the taillights out of two vehicles parked in the driveway, as well as two bedroom windows. The victim placed the child down and then went out to try and calm Milligan down in which Milligan then threw the male onto the ground and began striking him in the face. Milligan then took off toward the woods. The male victim suffered contusions to his forehead, nose and ears and signed a battery affidavit. Milligan was arrested on charges of domestic battery and criminal mischief.

April 26th, 2022

A Jasper man was taken into custody after he found driving 105 mph on I-69 while intoxicated in Gibson County. On Monday afternoon, at 1:20 p.m., the Indiana State Police were patrolling I-69 near the 35 mile-marker when they stopped the driver of a 2017 Toyota Corolla for driving 105 mph. The driver was identified as 34 year old Matthew Hill of Jasper.  Hill displayed signs of impairment and failed field sobriety tests. Further investigation revealed Hill had a blood alcohol content of .19%. Hill was arrested and is currently being held on bond in the Gibson County Jail. Hill is charged with Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated with a BAC of .15% or more.

A Jasper man was injured in a Saturday traffic accident that occurred on Newton Street in Jasper.  On Saturday afternoon, Police were called to an accident at the intersection of Newton and 8 th St in Japser. The incident occurred when the driver, identified as 45 year old Jospeh Marks-Weber of Charlestown was driving north on Newton St at the intersection of W 8 th St in a 2022 Volkswagen Tao. At the same time, 57 year old Jason Helming Jasper, was driver a 1998 Harley Davidson and heading west on 8 th St. Helming attempted to cross Newton St and failed to yield to the right of way and the Harley and the Volkswagen crashed into each other. The wreck caused $500 in damages to the Harley and $1500 in damages to the Volkswagen. Helming was taken to Memorial hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and he was also cited for failing to yield the right of way.

April 21st, 2022

Recently, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter announced the promotion of Trooper Detective Shane Staggs to the rank of sergeant. In his new assignment, Staggs will serve in the Indiana State Police Laboratory Division. Staggs is a thirteen year veteran of the Indiana State Police who began his career at the Indiana State Police Jasper Post.  Staggs was assigned road patrol duties primarily in Orange County. With his recent promotion, Staggs will serve as a crime scene investigator at the Jasper Post. Staggs is a graduate of Paoli High School, later graduating from Vincennes University with a degree in Law Enforcement. Sergeant Staggs and his wife and children reside in Orange County.

April 20th, 2022

A French Lick man was arrested Sunday morning after police pulled over the vehicle for a false or fictitious registration. While on patrol, an officer observed a male passenger in a red truck dive toward the floorboard of the vehicle as they passed by the patrol vehicle northbound on State Road 37 near Dixie Highway in Bedford. Police were able to run the registration plate on the truck and it came up as red 1996  Dodge Neon and not the Chevrolet pickup. A traffic stop was conducted on the pickup on State Road 37, north of 16th Street. During the stop, police noticed the passenger identified as 28 year old Randall Roberts of French Lick appeared nervous. Permission to search the vehicle was denied by the driver and a canine was called to the scene. Canine Zazu arrived at the scene and alerted officers to possible drugs in the truck. In the vehicle, officers located a glass smoking device, a straw which had crystal meth residue on it, a metallic smoking device that contained burnt marijuana, a metallic grinder, and rolling papers. Roberts was arrested on charges of possession of meth, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The driver was given a written warning for false or fictitious registration.

Detectives with the Indiana State Police continue to ask for the public’s help in identifying a deceased child located in rural Washington County on Saturday. A toll-free tip line was established on Monday, and Investigators have received around 200 calls from the public. Unfortunately, none of those calls have led to the identification of the deceased child. An autopsy was conducted on Tuesday; however, no information as to the cause of death was determined. Results of the toxicology report are still pending, and investigators are hopeful that information will shed more light on the cause of death. Based on information provided by the autopsy, Investigators believe the child is approximately 5 years old. He is described as a black male, approximately four feet tall, with a slender build and short haircut. Investigators are now releasing the location where the child was located as the 7000 block of East Holder Road in Washington County. Tragically, the child was located inside a closed hard case suitcase. The suitcase has a distinctive Las Vegas design. Anyone with information is asked to call the toll-free number established for this case: 1-888-437-6432.

The Springs Valley Varsity golf team traveled to Christmas Lake in Santa Clause Indiana Tuesday evening to take on Forest Park and Orleans in wet and soggy conditions.  The BlackHawks were able to come out victorious scoring a 176. Forest Park scored 213 and Orleans scored a 231.  The Hawks were led again by Blake Albright with an impressive even par round of 36 which was good enought to make him a medalist!  Blake was followed by the following: Jake Hammond 44, Owen Weisensteiner 45, Landen Noble 51, Ryker Allen 55, and Max Pendley 62

April 19th, 2022

A former Bedford North Lawrence School Board member and Indiana State trooper was arrested after he allegedly left the scene of an accident. On Friday at 1:53 p.m. Authorities were notified that a red SUV had collided with a utility pole in the area of 5138 State Road 450. The SUV had left the scene of the accident and was traveling east toward Bedford. The pole was struck with enough force to cause it to break. The Utility pole was also blocking the roadway. Police went to the area looking for the red vehicle and driver. While en route, police received word that the red SUV was found at Reveres Food & Fuel in Bedford. Officers found 53 year old Russel Garrison of Springville in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. The vehicle’s front end had heavy damage and was later towed. Officers conducted a field sobriety tests on Garrison and he failed those tests. He was taken to IU Health Hospital after a warrant was granted for a blood draw. Garrison was medically cleared and transported to jail on charges of leaving the scene of an accident and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

A Bloomington man was sentenced to an additional 850 days in prison after he violated the terms of his probation. Lawrence Superior Court II Judge Bob Cline sentenced 44 year old Marcus Hardy of Bloomington to 850 days in the Indiana Department of Correction for violating the terms of his probation. Hardy had previously plead guilty to a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and he was sentenced to 910 days in jail with 900 days suspended and one year of probation as a part of a negotiated plea agreement with the State of Indiana. Hardy had failed to report for his probation and was also charged with a new offense in Monroe County. The new charges had violated the terms of his probation agreement and he was ordered to serve out 850 days in prison after a hearing on April 11th.

April 18th, 2022

Indiana State Police are requesting the public's assistance in a death investigation that began on Saturday. Around 7:30 Saturday evening, while mushroom hunting, an area resident found the body of a black male child near a roadway in a heavily wooded area of eastern Washington County. The resident immediately called 911 and the Washington County Sheriff's Department, also responding was Detectives with the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg. Detectives from the post, are heading the investigation.At this time in the investigation, detectives need the public's help in identifying the child. He is described as being a young black male between the ages of five years old and eight years old. The child approximately four feet tall and has a slim build and a short haircut. Investigators believe the child's death occurred sometime within the last week. Investigators have not released a time or cause of death as an autopsy is pending.If anyone has information that could help in the identification of this child, please call Detective Matt Busick with the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg at 1-812-248-4374 or 1-800-872-6743.

Last Tuesday, the Indiana Board of Animal Health made the announcement that the Avian Flu control area has been lifted for Dubois County, while another Northern Indiana farm has recorded a positive test. Tuesday, a second commercial duck flock in Elkhart County has tested presumptive-positive for the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The flock, known as Elkhart2, has an estimated 6,000 ducks. The Board of Animal Health staff are working to notify flock owners in the 10-km Control Area that is being established around Elkhart 2. 

Indiana taxpayers will start receiving their respective $125 one-time automatic refunds starting next month. The state will return a combined $545.3 million due to higher than expected state revenue numbers during the 2021 fiscal year. This is separate from any money individuals may have already received immediately after filing their income taxes this year.  Any Indiana resident that  filed a tax return for the 2020 tax year is eligible. Indiana residents will be paid either by check or through direct deposit, depending on how they filed their 2021 tax returns this year. Those who provided their banking information on their 2021 tax return are expected to receive the $125 per taxpayer through a direct deposit between May and July.  Paper checks for all other taxpayers will be issued starting in July, with a goal of completing the refund process by September. If couples filed jointly, they'll receive a collective $250.  Indiana ended its  2021 fiscal year at the start of July with nearly $4 billion in reserves.  Under Indiana law, if Indiana's reserves are 12.5% of general fund appropriations or higher excluding K-12 education reserves, Hoosiers get some of that money back.

April 13th, 2022

An Indiana man killed following a bank robbery in California was also charged in a Bloomington bank robbery from last year. Police said 45 year old Travis Tarrants, of Spencer, attempted to rob a Bank of America at gunpoint in Fontana, California, on April 7. He then fled to a nearby Wendy’s and tried to blend in with customers. Customers alerted police to Tarrants’ location; he ran out the backdoor and was confronted by officers, The confrontation led to at least one officer firing a shot. Tarrants died as a result of his injuries. Tarrants robbed the Old National Bank on West Third Street in Bloomington on Nov. 15. He was charged with armed robbery, attempted disarming of a law enforcement officer and resisting law enforcement resulting in injury.Tarrants was also involved  in a bizarre 2016 case in southern Indiana in which he was accused of stalking and intimidating a couple. The harassment came after he failed to get a job as a teacher and basketball coach at an Orange County school. He eventually plead guilty to two counts of stalking and was sentenced to five years in the Indiana Department of Correction. He was released from prison in September 2021.

Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags to be flown at half-staff in Lawrence County to honor the life of Jerry Lee Hancock, Sr., the former mayor of Mitchell. Hancock was elected mayor of Mitchell in 1967. He served for 32 years as   the longest-serving mayor in Lawrence County. Hancock died last Friday and services will be held, Thursday 11AM at Mitchell First Baptist Church, with visitation at Chastain Funeral Home, Wednesday 3PM-7PM. Flags should be flown at half-staff in Lawrence County from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, April 14. Gov. Holcomb is asking businesses and residents in Lawrence County to lower their flags.

Shawswick Township VFD responded to the report of a propane tank that had rolled down a hill and was now leaking.
Firefighters responded to Eastern Heights Drive and found the 500-gallon propane tank that was sitting at the top of a hill had rolled down the hill, crashed against a tree smashing in the lid and partially breaking the turn-off value. According to firefighters reports, The ground under the tank had washed away after the recent rains causing the tank to roll down the hill. When it hit the tree, the shutoff valve was damaged and broke off. A call made to Suburban Propane and they were able to use their crane to lift the tank and able to cap off the tank Shawswick VFD responded with six firefighters and four trucks.

April 12th, 2022

A former Mayor of Mitchell, has died. Jerry Hancock, mayor of Mitchell, from 1967-1999 died Friday he was 85. Hancock was known for his can-do spirit, and a will-do work ethic, Hancock's leadership included building a new city pool, city park, community building, the Mitchell Industrial Park and Mitchell City Hall. In 1999, he lost his re-election bid when he was defeated by Butch Chastain, who was Mitchell's police chief. Services for Hancock will be Thursday, 11AM at Mitchell First Baptist Church, with burial to follow, in the Mitchell Town Cemetery.

A Lawrence County woman arrested early Friday morning when a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputy responded to the area of State Road 37 and Old State Road 37 North after a report of an erratic driver.  According to police and witnesses, 50 year old De Anne Todd of Bedford, drove erratically from Springville on Springville Judah Road to State Road 37. She then turned north in the southbound lane of State Road 37 and continued to Old State Road 37. She then turned west onto Old State Road 37 in the wrong lane to Taylor Run Addition, driving through multiple yards at approximately 60 miles per hour before turning into a driveway where she collided with a 2ft above-ground concrete driveway.  Another vehicle, driven by Tessa Kelly, arrived at the scene and told the officer she was picking up Todd. After asking officers to take Todd home, she then went back to her car, and refused officers commands, to exit her vehicle. The officer requested for backup to the scene because Todd had barricaded herself in the back of the vehicle and said she was armed, the officer then saw manipulating, a possible bag that contained blue colored pills.. While conducting an inventory of Todd’s vehicle police found a bottle of alcohol, money, jewelry, and a cell phone. Todd was arrested on charges of dealing meth, possession of meth, dealing a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a legend drug, and operating a vehicle after forfeiture of her license for life.

A Daviess County man arrested after syringes and a handgun was found in his vehicle.
Saturday afternoon, a State trooper patrolling I-69 in Pike County when they saw a vehicle traveling 87 mph in a 70 mph zone. The trooper stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as 31-Year-Old, Kyle Horstman, of Washington. While investigating, the trooper noticed an odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and a syringe on the passenger side floorboard. Horstman was showing signs of impairment, so he was given a field sobriety test which he failed. Horstman then refused to submit to a chemical test. During a search of the vehicle, officers were able to locate three more syringes and a handgun that was in multiple pieces. Horstman was then arrested and booked into the Pike County Jail.

April 11th, 2022

After more than two years of deliberation through the pandemic, the Lockmueller Group has submitted the recommendation for the Mid-State Corridor Project. Alternative P is the preferred route. It is a 54-mile extension stretching from the U.S. 231 intersection with Interstate 64 on the south border of Dubois County. The improved route runs north/south through the county and roughly parallels sections of U.S. 231 while bypassing Huntingburg and Jasper on the east. One of the routes being considered was Route "O", which would have paralleled SR 56 to French Lick, and then cut through West Baden, through Orangeville, then to come out on SR 37. Two public hearings are scheduled to occur later this month. The first will be held on Tuesday, April 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. EDT at Westgate Academy, in Odon. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and a second public hearing will be held in Jasper, Thursday, April 28, a the Jasper Arts Center VUJC Campus, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. EDT with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Each hearing will include a presentation from the Project Team at 6 p.m. followed by a formal public comment session. Spoken comments will be limited to two minutes per person to allow opportunities to all who wish to speak. The team will be on hand to address questions and comments before and after the presentations.  

A Lawrence County man and woman arrested Sunday on drug charges. According to Bedford Police reports, 41-year-old Rory Case, and his passenger 24-year-old Brittney Tincher were stopped by police, for erratic driving on State Road 37. Following the stop, Case appeared extremely nervous and was sweating when the officer approached his vehicle. A K9 on scene and alerted officers to drugs in the vehicle. In the vehicle, officers found a glass smoking pipe containing meth also on Case’s person, found was a baggie containing crystal meth. Police also found Fentanyl, pills, and a vape cartridge containing marijuana in Tincher’s bag. Other drugs were found as well, on Tinchers person and in her coat.Both were arrested and taken to the Lawrence County jail. A third person in the vehicle was released from the scene.

Jasper Police arrested a Dubois County man Sunday evening after a single gunshot was reported. According to Jasper Police reports, at around 8:00 p.m., 26 year old Carlos Zamot, of Jasper, fired his weapon, in his apartment at the Westwood Apartment complex. The shot resulted in damage to a wall within the apartment. Officers also located marijuana that the Zamot had attempted to discard prior to officers’ arrival. Zamot was arrested and charged with criminal recklessness, obstruction of justice, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.

April 8th, 2022

Paoli-based Southern Indiana Community Health Care is working to establish in-school telehealth clinics in Orange County schools.
Using CARES Act funding for COVID-19, SICHC purchased digital equipment required for the clinics in the area schools and provided training for school nurses. The secure digital diagnostic equipment allows SICHC medical professionals to conduct examinations with students through a secure link. The first clinics will be held at Throop Elementary School in Paoli. The telehealth clinic services will expand to Springs Valley Community Schools in French Lick and Orleans Community Schools at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year. Advance parental registration for the service will be open at all school sites in Orange County this summer. Parents will be given the option of joining any medical session by phone. Parents must also provide permission in advance for their child to be seen through the telehealth clinic. SICHC will provide a written summary of the session to both the school nurse and parents. Diagnosis and treatment for acute illness and minor injuries, as well as limited laboratory testing and behavioral health services, are available. Any prescriptions made during a virtual visit can be sent to a parent’s preferred local pharmacy for later pickup by a parent.

Two Lawrence County residents arrested Wednesday on charges of possession of methamphetamine.
42-year-old William Harrison and 34-year-old Amber Livingston were arrested after Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at a camper located on Tunnelton-Bono Road. Deputies seized multiple items listed on the search warrant and during their search, they also found a plastic bag containing a white crystal substance weighing over 20 grams, which field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Also found was multiple smoking devices and four firearms. A warrant to seize the items was then obtained. Both were then arrested and booked into the Lawrence County Jail.

An Marion County woman sentenced to 10 years in the Indiana Department of Correction for dealing in methamphetamine. 26 year old Megan Tipton, of Indianapolis, plead guilty to dealing methamphetamine, a Level 2 felony, Wednesday as a part of a negotiated plea agreement with the State of Indiana. The plea agreement outlines a sentence of 10 years, all executed, in prison. Tipton arrested in September 2020 by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department after she was found at a local gas station with 45 grams of methamphetamine, 7 grams of marijuana, and 14 grams of synthetic cannabinoids as well as scales, paraphernalia littered with heroin residue and syringes.

April 7th, 2022

A Mitchell man has been sentenced to prison time after he plead guilty to dissemination of child pornography and violating the terms of his probation. Lawrence Superior Court II Judge Bob Cline sentenced 27 year old Brennan Winkler of Mitchell to seven years, plus an additional 700 days in the Indiana Department of Correction for the dissemination of child pornography and violating the terms of his probation. Winkler plead guilty to a felony charge of child exploitation as a part of a negotiated plea agreement with the State of Indiana. The plea agreement was negotiated by Lawrence County Deputy Prosecutor Lisa Kempf and defense counsel David Shircliff. It says Winkler will serve seven years in the Indiana Department of Correction, with six years executed. One of those years will be served on sex offender probation and Winkler will be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years from the time of his release. When he was arrested for child exploitation and dissemination of child pornography back in August of 2021, Winkler was on probation for a 2020 conviction of leaving the scene of an accident. In addition to the child pornography charges, Winkler also faced revocation of 786 days of a suspended sentence for violating his probation. Judge Cline cancelled his suspended sentence and sentenced him to 700 days to be served in the IDOC to consecutive to his conviction of child exploitation.

Four people were injured in a two vehicle collision on State Road 54 on Tuesday in Greene County. According to Greene County  Sheriff’s Department, Around 3:30 p.m. 35-year-old Cristan Elsmor, of Solsberry, was traveling east on State Road 54 near N Harv-Wright Road in a 2000 Dodge Durango. She attempted to hand her daughter a drink in the backseat and ran off the south side of the roadway, then overcorrected causing the vehicle to go into the westbound lane. 53-year-old Sheila Dougherty, of Linton, was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox west and struck Elsmor as she came into her lane. Elsmor and her 6 year old passenger both complained of back pain and were taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital by way of Ambulance. The other passenger in the vehicle,  51 year old Carrie Marion was Airlifted to Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville with leg and hand injuries. Dougherty suffered a chest injury was flown to Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville. State Road 54 was shut down for over two hours while the accident was investigated. Assisting at the scene was Center Township Fire Department, Beech Creek Township Fire Department, Greene County Ambulance Service, Air Evac 17 out of Paoli, Air Evac 150 out of Olney, Il., Bill’s Auto in Bloomfield and Bell’s Built in Solsberry.

April 6th, 2022

Orange County Fiber is expanding their service to Dubois county with a Fiber Optic buildout and a new office in Jasper. Orange County Fiber, a division of Orange County REMC, has plans to expand into Dubois County starting in 2022. Orange County Fiber opened an office in Jasper on March 28th and is located at 124 Staat Strasse. Carla Buechler, who is a Dubois County resident, has been hired as the Jasper Office Manager. Orange County Fiber's focus is to provide high speed internet to unserved and underserved residences. Grant funding through the federal and state government has made this opportunity possible. ARPA funds granted to Dubois REC to facilitate this project allows much of rural Dubois County to receive our service in the next 24 months. Orange County Fiber would like to thank the Dubois County Commissioners and Dubois County REC for their cooperation which has streamlined the process. Mainline fiber construction is set to begin this month with Drop construction set to complete in December.

On Tuesday, at 10:37 am, deputies and emergency response personnel were dispatched to the area of State Road 56 East and Fire Tower Road near Salem, in reference to a motor vehicle accident involving injuries. Evidence at the scene and witness statements indicated that a 2005 Chevrolet truck was traveling west on State Road 56 east, while a 2005 Nissan was traveling south, on Fire Tower Road. The driver of the Nissan failed to yield the right of way at the intersection and drove into the path of the Chevrolet truck. The Chevy was being driven by 62 year old Scott Applegate of Pekin. Applegate was transported by the Washington County Ambulance Service to St. Vincent Hospital in Salem for treatment of his injuries. The Nissan was being driven by 40 year old Mark Bense of Columbus. Bense had to be extricated from his vehicle and he was transported by the Washington County Ambulance Service to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The Washington Sheriff's Department was assisted by the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department, Salem Fire Department and the Washington County Ambulance Service. The crash is still under investigation.

A Jasper man was arrested on Friday night after police caught him trying to shoplift from the Jasper Walmart. Officers with the Jasper Police department were called to the Jasper Walmart on Friday night around 8 P.M. because they received a report that a male subject was concealing items and also under ringing merchandise. After an investigation, police determined that 49 year old Jaime Menjivar Pacheco of Jasper attempted to leave the store with items from the store that he hadn't paid for. He was arrested and taken the Dubois County Jail on a charge of theft.

On Tuesday Detectives from the Indiana State Police continued to investigate the tragic events that occurred on Monday in New Albany. At this time authorities have released the names of two of the individuals. The suspect in this case has been identified as 37 year old Cherok Ameer Douglass of New Albany. Douglass is currently charged with one count of Kidnapping and one count of Robbery. One of the deceased has been identified as 38 year old Brandee Kay Douglass, the wife of Cherok Douglass. This investigation remains ongoing. The original incident occurred around 10 Monday morning when authorities learned of a double murder at a New Albany gas station located at Beechwood and Grant Line Roads in New Albany. Police responded to the scene and observed the suspect driving a maroon SUV. They pursued the suspect to Charlestown Road just north of I-265. The suspect now identified as Douglas, stopped his car in a business parking lot, fled on foot, and entered a restaurant. Once inside, he allegedly took a woman hostage at gunpoint and forced her into a silver SUV. As officers surrounded the area, the hostage fell from the vehicle and the suspect then attempted to run over officers. Police were then able to finally subdued the suspect. Douglas and the kidnapped victim were transported to University Hospital in Louisville with non-life-threatening injuries.

April 5th, 2022

A Campbellsburg woman was arrested after police were notified of a suspicious woman at a Bedford residence. Officers were called to the 1820 block of 14th Street in Bedford on Friday around 10:50 a.m. after a report of a suspicious person causing issues around the area.  When police arrived at the scene they found 42 year old Brandywayne Melvin of Campbellsburg sitting on the sidewalk stairs. She was wearing a pink backpack, carrying a cat and a pink blanket. The woman identified herself to police and said she was staying at the residence. She was waiting for someone to get home to allow her inside the home. Police ran her information and discovered she was wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Washington County. Officers then detained her on the warrant. The Officer conducted a search of Melvin and they found crystal meth inside a glass container, a vape pen containing marijuana, and a controlled substance that she did not have a prescription for. Melvin was arrested on new charges of possession of meth, possession of a legend drug, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department has announced the date of the next drive thru Drug Drop. The Drug Drop is set for this Saturday, April 9th, from 9am-12pm. Citizens are encouraged to drive through the parking lot at the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 801 Jackson St in Salem. There they can hand off any expired or unwanted prescription medications and will safely dispose of your expired or unwanted medications. Police will also be collecting food items that they will be giving to local food bank in Salem. Salem Police Chief Tim Miller, Sgt. Matt Hein and Deputy Dustin Pridemore will be helping collect your items on Saturday.

The Indiana State Police are investigating a police-involved shooting after the suspect allegedly murdered two people, led police on a pursuit, and later kidnapped a woman at gunpoint. Around 10 A.M on Monday, authorities learned of a double murder at a New Albany gas station located at Beechwood and Grant Line Roads. Officers with the New Albany Police Department, the Floyd County Sheriff's Department, and ISP responded to the scene. When officers observed the suspect driving a maroon SUV, they pursued the suspect to Charlestown Road just north of I-265. The suspect then stopped his car near a business parking lot, fled on foot, and entered a local restaurant. Once inside the restaurant, the suspect allegedly took a woman hostage at gunpoint and forced her into a silver SUV in a back parking lot. As officers surrounded the area, the hostage fell from the vehicle, and the suspect then attempted to run over officers. Police then shot the suspect, who was subdued after the SUV crashed into the back of the restaurant. The suspect and the kidnapped victim were transported to University Hospital in Louisville with non-life-threatening injuries. ISP detectives and crime scene investigators are investigating the kidnapping and police-involved shooting and the double-murder is being investigated by detectives with the New Albany Police Department. More information as it becomes available.

March 31st, 2022

A Monroe County man perished in a Bloomington apartment fire Tuesday.
The coroner’s preliminary findings said 42-year-old Bobby Coker Jr of Bloomington, died from asphyxia due to smoke inhalation from the fire. The fire was reported at 10 p.m. at an apartment located on  South Leonard Springs Road in Bloomington. Firefighters from the Monroe Fire District arrived on the scene to find heavy fire coming from the southeast corner of the apartment complex. The cause of the fire was found to be accidental, from unattended cooking in the kitchen in an apartment of the building.

The Paoli Police Department will be out in full force this spring to ensure that students remain safe when traveling to and from school. Over the next couple of weeks, officers will be positioned along bus routes and in school zones where they will be on high alert for stop-arm violations, speeding and other forms of reckless driving.The overtime patrols are part of the state’s Stop-Arm Violation Enforcement program and funded with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grants administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. The Department joins more than 200 police agencies for the spring enforcement campaign, as part of an ongoing effort to prevent reckless driving in school zones and around buses. Officers will be conducting high-visibility patrols in the morning and afternoon hours along routes identified in cooperation with local bus drivers and school transportation officials. Disregarding a school bus stop arm is a Class A Infraction and a serious offense. Violators could pay a fine of up to $10,000, have their license suspended for up to 90 days (for the first offense) or up to one year (for the second).

A Martin County man sentenced after he failed to comply with the terms of his probation.
37 year old Travis Chastain of Shoals, sentenced to to 850 days in the Indiana Department of Correction. He had previously plead guilty to a possession of methamphetamine charge, a Level 6 felony, and sentenced to 910 days in prison, with 878 days suspended, as a part of a negotiated plea agreement with the State of Indiana. He also agreed to serve 730 days on supervised probation, which was set to begin on Nov. 4, 2021. Cline however was charged with theft and criminal trespass in Monroe County, and he failed to show up for his scheduled intake appointment with the Lawrence County Probation Department.

March 30th, 2022

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Milltown man, for allegedly attacking his mother with a knife. The incident occurred on March 19. According to the probable cause affidavit, the Sheriff’s Department was alerted to the incident when a passerby called 911 advising that he had picked up a woman walking along the North Ridge Road area who appeared to be bleeding from stab wounds. When Police encountered the caller, they administered first aid to the woman. Police observed what appeared to be lacerations on her hands and neck. The woman told police that her son, 26 year old Jeramie Durbin of Milltown, had inflicted the wounds, and that the incident had occurred at her residence. Police then went to the residence and upon arriving found a man on the property. The Officer ordered the man to come out in which he refused. Police then approached the doorway with their firearm drawn. The man then came to the doorway with a knife in hand. Police ordered the man to drop the knife in which he finally did. The man was then physically restrained the man and taken him into custody. The man, later identified as Jeramie Durbin was transported to the Crawford County jail. In an interview conducted on March 20th, The mother alleged that her son, had been following her around in her trailer all day and got upset when she asked him to help out around the trailer. She then said that he pushed her down and attempted to strangle her, and tried to slice her throat after getting a knife from the kitchen. She also said when she tried to use the phone, Durbin broke it and threw it into the yard. She was eventually able to escape by running out the back door . Durbin was charged with criminal confinement, attempted murder, possession of marijuana, strangulation, domestic battery, aggravated battery, resisting law enforcement, intimidation and interfering with reporting crime.

A Palmyra man was arrested on multiple charges on Sunday after a Trooper attempted to stop him for speeding. Around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, police were patrolling southbound on State Road 135 in Harrison County, north of Flatwood Road. Officers with the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, were also traveling southbound on State Road 135 and advised the truck was traveling northbound at an extremely high rate of speed. Police soon spotted the vehicle and obtained a speed of 75mph in and 55mph zone. Police then activated their lights and attempted to catch up to the driver who had turned west onto Hancock Chapel Road and was driving at speeds up to 90mph. The driver, later identified as 30 year old Christopher Williams of Palmyra, then turned into a private drive on Crawford Road. Police ordered Williams out of the vehicle and while talking with him detected the odor of alcohol. An OWI investigation was initiated and during the investigation, William's blood alcohol content was found to be .08%. As a result of the traffic stop and Investigation, Williams was charged with Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, Operating While Intoxicated with Endangerment, OWI and Reckless Driving. Williams was taken to the Harrison County Jail without further incident.

A Bedford man was sentenced to over a decade in prison in the Indiana Department of Corrections after he plead guilty to a drug charge. Lawrence Superior Court I Judge John Plummer III sentenced63 year old Billy Hardin of Bedford to 12 years in the Indiana Department of Correction on Monday. Hardin plead guilty to possession of methamphetamine. Of the 12 year sentence, nine years will be executed as part of a negotiated plea agreement with the State of Indiana. The three years that remain of the sentence will be suspended to supervised probation. Hardin was arrested back in November 2020 by the Indiana State Police. Hardin was pulled over by police when they found over 10 grams of methamphetamine in his truck. Police then obtained a search warrant and a search of Hardin’s home resulted in police finding more than 100 grams of methamphetamine, along with plastic bags, numerous digital scales, and paraphernalia.

March 29th, 2022

On Saturday, the Indiana State Police Bloomington District executed an arrest warrant for a Missouri resident who had been visiting family in Lawrence County on the charges of Child Molesting. The investigation began in February of 2022, when they was made aware of allegations made by a 13 year old victim. The investigation led to a probable cause affidavit being submitted to Lawrence County Superior Court I on Saturday morning. Judge John Plummer found probable cause to issue an arrest warrant for 70 year old Gary Jones of Elsberry Missouri, who was arrested and transported to the Lawrence County Jail on the following charge, Child Molesting. Indiana State Police were assisted by representatives from the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and the Indiana Department of Child Services.

March 28th, 2022

A man from Palmyra was arrested Sunday for running from police.
State Police tried to pull over a speeding truck headed southbound on State Road 135. The driver, Christopher Williams, eventually reached speeds of 90 miles an hour before stopping on a private road. Williams had a blood alcohol content of .08%. He's charged with resisting law enforcement, operating while intoxicated, and reckless driving.

"So Cold the River," once just a New York Times best selling novel, written by Bloomington author Michael Koryta, is now a feature-length film. Written and directed by Paul Shoulberg, the film centers around the character of Erica Shaw, a documentary filmmaker. Much of the film takes place in the iconic West Baden Springs Hotel, in West Baden. The previously uninhabitable hotel is part of the original novel by Koryta and served as an inspiration for him while writing the story. During the filming of the movie, Bloomington-based film production company Pigasus Pictures were able to work with Cook Group to shut down the hotel  for two weeks, with the crew having exclusive access to the building to get the shots they needed.  Several local citizens as well, were used as extras in the movie. The movie will be showing in theaters around the state, including, the Springs Stadium theater in French Lick. The film will be released on digital platforms on March 29.

A Lawrence County man arrested early Sunday morning after a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputy stopped him for being stopped at a stop sign for an extended period of time. When the officer approached the vehicle, the driver, 31-year-old Matthew Johnson of Bedford, was sitting with his head laid back and his mouth open and appeared to be unconscious. The officer knocked on the window and yelled multiple times in an attempt to wake Johnson but he could not be aroused. An ambulance was then requested to the scene. Approximately after 7 minutes of attempting to wake Johnson, his eyes fluttered but he could not keep them open. Once he finally awoke he appeared to be extremely confused. Johnsons vehicle then began rolling backward downhill, colliding with the front of the officer’s patrol car. After a search of Johnson, and found was multiple pills and a “corner baggy” containing crystal meth. Johnson told the officer he had taken Suboxone and was drinking as well. He was arrested on charges of possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated on a controlled substance and taken and booked into the Lawrence County Jail.

March 25th, 2022

On Tuesday night at 7:30 pm, deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Department along with the Washington County Ambulance Service and First Responders with the Campbellsburg Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to a possible fatal logging accident at 8133 N. White River Road, near Campbellsburg. When deputies arrived on the scene, the section of the tree that struck the man identified as 67 year old Kent Smith of Hardinsburg had been removed by a juvenile at the scene. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. Evidence at the scene indicated that Smith was struck by a falling tree that was being cut behind him, by a male juvenile of Campbellsburg. Police were assisted by the Washington County Coroner’s Office, the Washington County Ambulance Service and First Responders from the Campbellsburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Spring Mill Inn at Spring Mill State Park will close for major renovation beginning November 13th. Reopening is expected in the first quarter of 2024. The 73-room inn is structurally sound but needs significant work that requires extended closure of the entire facility, including the Millstone Dining Room, conference facilities, and overnight lodging.  The base budget for the project is $10 million. The primary goal of the project is modernization of all mechanical systems while retaining the historic, natural look and feel of the public spaces and guest rooms. The work includes replacement of water lines, fire alarms, sprinklers, HVAC, new windows, doors and making accessibility upgrades, as well as making additional guest room furnishing and bathroom upgrades, and replacing the existing swimming pool with a splash pad. All inn associates will remain employed during the renovation, working in other areas of the park. The inn will maintain an office with telephone and electronic communications inside the park to answer questions, make day-to-day contacts, and conduct future sales meetings. Its location will be announced once established. The Spring Mill Inn opened in 1939.  Indiana State Parks' other six inns will be open and available for overnight lodging, conferences, weddings and receptions, and other events.

An Illinois man was arrested after police received a report of a stolen vehicle from a Washington gas station. On Tuesday, Officers with Washington Police Department received a report of a vehicle being stolen from Chuckles Gas Station on Highway 57 and E. Walnut in Washington. A short time later, a Detective with the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle traveling southbound on Edwardsport Road. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle and police arrested 27 year old Kyle Kalaher of Thompson Illinois without incident. Kalaher is being charged with Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Criminal Mischief. Police want to remind the public to always lock your vehicle if leaving it unattended.

March 23rd, 2022

Two Huntingburg residents were arrested after multiple types of narcotics were found in their residence in Huntingburg. On Saturday, first responders were dispatched to 1427 N Niehaus Trail in Huntingburg for a possible opioid overdose. On Sunday, the Dubois County Sheriff's Office was contacted by law enforcement from another jurisdiction about potential drug activity involving individuals living at that same address. Then on Monday, the Huntingburg Police Department and the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Dubois County Superior Court Probation Office in enforcing a court order at the residence. While there, officers located illegal narcotics in the residence, and contacted the Dubois County Prosecutor's Office. The Dubois County Prosecutor's Office assisted law enforcement in obtaining a search warrant for the property and a warrant was issued by the Dubois County Circuit Court. A search by officers located 15 pounds of marijuana, 177 grams of psylocibin mushrooms, various thc products, and $11,000 in cash. At the residence police arrested Alexis Seitz and Robert Shepherd III and both are facing charges of Dealing in a Schedule I Controlled Substance, Dealing in Marijuana Over 10 Pounds, Possession of Marijuana, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Paraphernalia. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

A Jonesville man was arrested after police found he was allegedly selling stolen items online from a burglary he committed. Police received a report on November 15th, 2021, of a theft in the 7060 block of River Road in Bedford. The caller told police that his home was broken into and that items were missing. When police were investigating the scene they determined that whoever broke in had laid on the resident’s bed and DNA samples were taken. Police say this residence was used temporarily because the family lived in Florida and used the residence on the holidays. On November 16th, the homeowner told police that the items stolen from his home were being sold on Facebook Marketplace from a person named Scott Brown. Police tracked the seller to a residence in Jonesville that belonged to 42 year old Jeramiah Scott Brown. A search warrant was then secured for the home of Brown. When officers served the warrant on December 1st, they found numerous items stolen from the home including an iron bed, two rocking chairs, a table, a mirror, and other items. Brown was not home at the time that the warrant was served. The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was taken into custody on Monday on charges of burglary and theft.

Indiana Department of Transportation Contractor Beaty Construction Inc. plans to begin work late next week on a $5.1 million bridge replacement contract that includes two bridges on S.R. 60 in Washington and Clark Counties. Crews are scheduled to start at the S.R. 60 bridge over South Fork Blue River, located approximately half a mile west of S.R. 335, just outside of New Pekin, in Washington County. On or after Friday, April 1, S.R. 60 will be reduced to one lane at the bridge with temporary signals to control traffic. The signals are expected to remain in place through late October 2022. Work is planned to begin in early July to replace the S.R. 60 bridge over Money's Branch in Clark County. Temporary signals will also control traffic at this location through the fall. INDOT reminds drivers to use extra caution, avoid distractions, and consider worker safety when traveling through active construction zones. All work is weather-dependent and schedules are subject to change.

March 22nd, 2022

An Orleans man was arrested after police received a report of that he allegedly touched an underage girl inappropriately. Police received a report on December 21st, 2021, from the Indiana Department of Child Services of child abuse and neglect. Child Services acted when a female child told them that 30 year old Derrick Wheeler of Orleans who was said to be a family friend touched different parts of her body inappropriately and made her feel uncomfortable because of it. The child participated in a forensic interview by an employee at Susie’s Place in Bloomington. The information was then forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for Wheeler’s arrest. Wheeler was arrested on Friday on charges of child molestation, child solicitation, possession of a firearm, two warrants for a petition to revoke, and a warrant for failure to appear.

An Orleans man was arrested on Friday after he allegedly strangled his girlfriend several times and prevented her from leaving their Iowa residence. According to court records, the incident occurred about 5 a.m. March 15th in the 7600 block of Office Plaza Drive in West Des Moines, Iowa. The victim told police that 36 year old James Robert Nelson Chapman of Orleans allegedly struck and assaulted her in a variety of ways and also grabbed her by the throat. He allegedly then threw her down onto the bed while he applied pressure to her neck from over top of her.The victim told officers that Chapman had allegedly physically assaulted her several times since March 2nd. Officers found the injuries to the right side of her face and neck with visible bruising to her right side of her face and neck and visible swelling along her jawline. The victim also told the officers that Chapman threatened her if she were to scream or go to the police. Chapman was arrested on Friday and is facing charges of domestic abuse assault with impeding blood and airflow causing bodily injury, false imprisonment and fugitive from justice. Chapman was taken to the Dallas County Jail on a $5,000 bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing March 29 in Dallas County District Court.

A man who had recently threatened to shoot law enforcement was arrested after being involved in a high-speed chase. According to the police report, the victim called 911 to report she was being chased by 43 year old Thomas Kenley of Taswell on Indian Ridge Road North in Crawford County. The woman said Kenley had hit her vehicle and was armed with a pipe. Also in the car with her were an adult male and a child. Police responded to the area at 6:44 p.m. Police then found a dark-colored vehicle being pursued by a light-colored Toyota Camry northbound on State Road 66. Police then pulled behind the vehicles, activating the emergency lights and traveling a speeds around 100 miles per hour. As the trio neared Crawford County High School, the woman pulled into the parking lot, as instructed by dispatch. Kenley slammed on his brakes, causing his vehicle to swerve and slide causing the car came to rest partially off the highway. Due to Kenley’s recent threats against law enforcement and his stated intent to obtain a firearm, police came to the driver’s side rear door with his firearm drawn. Kenley complied with the order to show his hands and he was arrested without incident and remains incarcerated at the Crawford County Jail. Kenley was arrested Sunday, March 13th and is charged with 3 counts of Attempted aggravated Battery, Criminal Recklessness, 3 counts of Intimidation with a deadly weapon, Leaving the scene of a property damage crash, and Reckless driving. A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for May 5th at 9:00am.

March 21st, 2022

A Jasper woman was cited for a traffic violation following an accident that occurred on Thursday afternoon in Jasper. According to police 47 year old Melissa Ruschau of Jasper was eastbound in a 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan, stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of 7th and Newton Streets in Jasper. Southbound traffic had stopped on Newton and was backed up from the light at 6th and Newton. According Ruschau, the traffic left a gap for her to get through, and she attempted across 7th Street through the intersection. She failed to see a northbound 2009 Ford Escape that was driven by 63 year old Robert Collier of French Lick and drove into his path causing the crash. No injuries were reported in the collision. Police estimated damage to the van at $1,500 and damage to the Ford at $3,000. Ruschau was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

A Jasper man was arrested after police were called to domestic battery incident in Jasper. Early Saturday morning, Jasper Police were dispatched to a residence in reference to an ongoing altercation. When police arrived, they found a man who was identified as 18 Year Old Jake Rose of Jasper battering an adult victim physically. Police were able to separate Rose from the victim and they also found that Rose was under the influence of alcohol. Rose was booked into the Dubois County Jail and is facing charges of domestic battery and minor consumption.

In a Tuesday night School Board meeting, the Northeast Dubois School Corporation named current Assistant Principal Andy Chinn as the next Principal of the school. The Current Principal who is set to be the future Superintendent, Dr. Tara Rasche made the recommendation of Andy Chinn to the School Board. Chinn is set to begin the new position in the 2022-2023 school year at the Northeast Dubois Junior/Senior High School. Chinn is also the current Head Coach of the girls' basketball team. The board passed the motion unanimously.






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