Misty D. Moyer, 30, of Lewis, is facing a level 6 felony charge of battery against a public safety officer.
Linton Police Officer Nicholas B. Yingling was dispatched to a Linton business on Feb. 2, where a woman was reportedly acting strangely. When Yingling arrived, Moyer was allegedly staggering and had slurred speech.
Yingling reported that he took Moyer to the police station to speak privately. On the way, he stated that she was talking about people who were going to shoot her. She also allegedly asked Yingling if he was going to shoot her.
Moyer reportedly said she did not want to go home, and tried to open the door to jump out. When they arrived at the police department, Moyer allegedly asked for water, took a drink and spit it on Yingling.
She was then transported to the Greene County Jail. She bonded out on Feb. 5.
Jordan M. Sharp was arrested last Friday on a warrant that was issued the previous day.
At around 6 a.m. on Feb. 25, Linton Police Department Officer Paul Clark responded to Allen’s Motel in Linton. He met with Sharp’s girlfriend, who told him that she and Sharp had been out drinking the night before, and that she had returned to their motel room alone and gone to sleep. The woman stated that an intoxicated Sharp woke her up by entering the room and accusing her of infidelity before taking her phone.
She said that when she tried to keep Sharp from taking her phone he grabbed her from behind and put his arm across her neck, choking her. She stated that she could not breathe and that he also struck her in the face with a closed fist, which caused her nose to bleed.
Sharp allegedly struck her in the side of her abdomen, as well, and caused damage to the room and property inside of it before taking the woman’s phone and leaving.
Clark stated in a probable cause affidavit that he called the number of the phone the woman reported stolen and reached a man who identified himself as Sharp. The man said he was at a friend’s residence and was injured because of being battered by the woman. He allegedly admitted to taking her phone and agreed to explain the incident at the police department, but never did so.
Sharp, 26, is charged with theft, a class D felony, strangulation, a class D felony, and battery resulting in bodily injury, a class A misdemeanor.
Joseph S. Gibson, 32, of Linton, was arrested on a warrant for alleged theft, a class D felony, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a class B felony. His bond is set at $19,000 with no ten percent allowed.
Jordan M. Sharp, 26, of Linton, was arrested on a warrant for alleged theft, a class D felony, strangulation, a class D felony, and battery resulting in bodily injury, a class A misdemeanor.
Connie M. Buzz, 52, of Shelburn, is preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement, a class D felony. Her bond was set at $4,000 with an optional amount of $400 (ten percent) and she was released from the Greene County Jail on Sunday.
Officers from the Linton Police Department arrested a 34-year-old man Thursday night after receiving a 911 text about a fight.
The text arrived shortly after 10 p.m. and reported that Linton resident John D. May was fighting with his girlfriend. Investigating Officer Sergeant Chad Crynes stated in a news release that he could hear the woman screaming before he entered the residence where the alleged altercation was taking place.
Upon entry, Crynes said he noticed that May was holding a knife and both May and the woman had blood on them.
After May was taken into custody, the woman reportedly said that he had become upset when he thought she had left. She reported to Crynes that May had grabbed her by the hair and held a knife to her, stating that he was going to kill her.
Detective Sergeant Josh Goodman and Officers Thomas Jerrels and Jason Wilson assisted with the investigation.
May is preliminarily charged with intimidation, a class C felony, battery, a class D felony, and criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor.
A 65-year-old man was arrested Thursday after allegedly committing domestic battery in the presence of a child less than 16 years old.
Deputy Bryan Woodall, of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, reported that he received a complaint of a domestic disturbance at a residence east of Bloomfield at just before 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
At the residence, he met Roger D. Sherrard, who allegedly stated that he “did sit her in the floor” and that she was up in his face and screaming at him.
Woodall spoke with the woman who reported the incident, who said she was watching TV and asked Sherrard to stop talking because she was trying to watch a show. She told Woodall that he got up and started screaming and cussing at her before jerking her off the couch, slamming her head on the floor twice, and threatening to throw her out into the driveway.
Woodall reported in a probable cause affidavit that she had a reddening mark on her neck as well as a spot on her neck that appeared to have been bleeding.
Both Sherrard and the woman reportedly said that a minor had seen what was going on. Woodall asked the boy about the incident, and said he stated that he was trying to read a book in the kitchen area when he heard the argument but did not want to get into it with them. The boy added that Sherrard and the woman fight a lot.
Woodall believed that the minor could have looked up and observed the altercation
Sherrard is charged with domestic battery, a class A misdemeanor, and domestic battery committed in the presence of a child less than 16 years old, a class D felony. His bond was set at $5,000 with an optional amount of $500 (ten percent) and he was released on Friday.
On Thursday, Feb. 6, a warrant was issued for the arrest of 29-year-old Lee A. Riley. He was booked into the Greene County Jail early on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 13.
On Sunday, Feb. 2, a man contacted the Greene County Sheriff’s Department to report that someone had struck him in the back of the head with an object, and that he was bleeding. The man told Deputy James Carpenter that he recognized the man who struck him but did not know his name.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the man was bleeding severely down his back and neck and said he felt like he was about to faint. He was taken to Monroe County Hospital, where Carpenter spoke with him again later that same day.
The man said he opened his door after someone knocked on it, and saw the man who had cut firewood at his residence the day before standing at the bottom of his porch steps. He stated that he was then struck in the head from behind. He told Carpenter he fell to his knees on the porch and that the man later identified as Riley began striking him, too.
He said he was struck multiple times in the back of the head, shoulders, and back. He told Carpenter that he did not see the first person who struck him from behind, and also that he did not see a vehicle. He stated that after he rolled over and grabbed the pant leg of the man later identified as Riley, both of his attackers ran down the steps and left.
The man added that he realized his wallet was hanging out of his pocket, and that he was missing $600.
Carpenter provided the man with a photo line-up of six individuals, and the man selected the photo of Riley as that of the man who attacked him.
The physician who treated the man said he had been struck in the head at least five to six times, causing lacerations. He also had strike points to his back and required several staples to close the wounds.
Riley is preliminarily charged with battery resulting in serious bodily injury, a class C felony, and theft, a class D felony. As of Friday morning, he was being held without bond.
The Indiana State Police, along with the Linton Police Department, the Worthington Police Department, and the Greene County Sheriff’s Department captured the two women who were accused of battery and criminal confinement early Saturday evening.
Kathleen E. Featherstone and Cynthia R. Cox are alleged to have repeatedly attacked another woman, struck her with a vehicle and then drove away.
Arrest warrants had previously been issued for Featherstone and Cox for Criminal Confinement, a Class C Felony and Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury, a Class A Misdemeanor.
The Linton Police Department investigation had revealed the alleged victim in this case had several injuries to her face including bruising, bleeding, redness and swelling. Officers were also able to determine the vehicle involved was a white 2005 four-door Chevrolet Cavalier.
An anonymous call to 911 from an alert citizen who spotted the two women at the Dollar General Store Saturday night resulted in their arrests without incident.
Linton PD Chief Troy Jerrell said if anyone has any further information about this investigation, they are asked to contact the Linton Police Department at 812-847-4411 or contact Greene County Crime Stoppers by calling 812-TIP-LINE, (812-847-5463) or toll free at 866-446-4672.
Original Post, Feb. 7, 10:07 p.m.
The Linton Police Department and the Indiana State Police are searching for two women who are accused of repeatedly attacking another woman and then striking her with a vehicle.
Warrants have been issued for Cynthia R. Cox and Kathleen E. Featherstone for criminal confinement, a class C felony, and battery resulting in bodily injury, a class A misdemeanor.
According to Indiana State Police, LPD officers interviewed the alleged victim and found several injuries to her face including bruising, bleeding, redness, and swelling. They also determined that the vehicle involved was a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier.
In a news release, LPD Chief Troy Jerrell said that Greene County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of Cox and Featherstone.
Jerrell stated that if anyone has any information about this incident or the location of the two suspects, they are asked to contact the LPD at 812-847-4411 or Greene County Crime Stoppers at 812-TIP-LINE (812-847-5463) or toll free at 866-446-4672.
Matthew W. Jacobs, 23, of Bloomfield, is charged with battery, a class D felony. Jacobs was arrested by Bloomfield Police Department Deputy Marshal Marvin Holt and was booked into the Greene County Jail Friday morning. He is being held on $4,000 bond with an optional amount of $400 (10 percent).
Ronald E. Fox II, 48, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for a charge of battery committed by means of a deadly weapon or resulting in serious bodily injury, a class C felony, after allegedly fracturing another man’s skull in November of last year.
Early on the morning of November 29, the Jasonville Police Department received a report of a fight involving multiple people. Linton Police Department Officer Paul Clark responded to the residence on South Lawton Street first and spoke with Fox, who told him that everyone was okay and, according to a probable cause affidavit, seemed dismissive of the situation. Clark stated that Fox said he was looking for his keys, and that when he was asked where the other individuals involved were located he said that one man was inside the residence.
Clark contacted medical personnel to examine the second man, who complained of blurred vision to his left eye and stated that he could not hear from his left ear.
Officer Ryan Van Horn, of the Jasonville Police Department, arrived and noted that Fox had blood and cuts on both hands. The second man told Van Horn that he had been at a bar with Fox when they met two other men. He said one of the other men flirted with some girls, which upset Fox.
The man said he and Fox left the bar and went to his house but that later, when Fox was very upset and angry, the man who had upset him tried to apologize and when Fox became agitated and started towards that man he stepped between them to prevent a fight. He told Van Horn that Fox began yelling at him and then attacked him, slamming him to the ground. He added that he could not remember anything after that point, and a family member took him to Greene County General Hospital.
Van Horn stated in the court document that both of the men who witnessed the situation gave a similar account of it, and said they were concerned for the man because he was not acting right after he hit his head being slammed to the ground by Fox.
Fox was taken into custody and interviewed at the Greene County Jail.
He told Van Horn there was an issue at the bar when another man flirted with married girls and that he thought it was tacky. He stated that when everyone was at the residence the injured man went after him and took him to the ground. He said he never slammed that man to the ground and that there was never a fight.
Van Horn noted that Fox continually stated that he was the guy on the bottom trying to get on top.
Officer Andrew Duguay interviewed the two other men who were present at the bar and at the residence, as well as a neighbor who said she got a call from Fox telling her to go the residence. She told Duguay that Fox and the man who was injured started fighting and that the other two men tried to pull them apart. She said they got them apart but a short time later they started fighting again.
The woman advised that during the second fight the injured man was on the bottom, Fox was in the middle, and one of the other men was hitting Fox. She said she did not recall seeing Fox throw the man but that when Fox is drunk he is mean, and added that after the fight Fox went toward the house, punched a window out, and hit his head off the wall.
One of the men told Duguay that the fight started when the injured man tried to calm Fox down. He said that when Fox slammed the other man on the ground he could hear his head hit, and that he then became involved in order to get Fox off the other man. He added that a neighbor broke the incident up a short time later.
The last man said that the injured man was trying to keep things calm when Fox started making comments to antagonize him, and that it became a pushing match that led to Fox trying to punch the other two men. He said the neighbor arrived and tried to break the fight up and that Fox then caused the man to hit his head on the ground.
He told Duguay that after they got the injured man away the other man fought with Fox to keep him down. He added that a short time later the incident was broken up by a neighbor.
Van Horn noted that medical records from Greene County General Hospital showed that the man who hit his head had a skull fracture in the left occipital region.
Last Thursday, Detective Sergeant George Dallaire and Deputy Shawn Cullison, of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, responded to a battery complaint in Solsberry.
The woman who issued the complaint said she became involved in a verbal argument with 18-year-old Amanda D. Sheffer earlier that day because Sheffer needed to go to a doctor’s appointment but the battery in the woman’s car was dead. She told the officers that Sheffer also asked if she could take her to a friend’s house and that when she said she could not, Sheffer became irate.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the woman said she and Sheffer “got into each other’s faces” and that Sheffer spit on her and pushed her. The woman stated that she smacked Sheffer in the face, and that Sheffer then threw a cup of hot chocolate in her face.
Dallaire noted in the court document that the woman had a substance on the right side of her face and in her hair that seemed to be consistent with dried hot chocolate.
The woman told Dallaire that Sheffer has a history of violence and has been seen at the Hamilton Center for bipolar disorder, but that she does not take medication because of the way it made her feel.
Sheffer agreed that the argument began over the car not starting, but added that the woman had been in a bad mood since she got up, due to being an alcoholic who could not get into town to buy alcohol. Sheffer also said the woman punched her, causing a bloody nose. Dallaire noted that she continued to say the other woman hit her first, although she did admit to throwing hot chocolate at her after pushing her away.
Dallaire did not see signs of injury to Sheffer’s nose or any blood on her face or clothing. He also did not notice signs of alcohol consumption in the other woman, or empty alcoholic beverage containers inside the residence.
Dallaire spoke, by telephone, to a man who said Sheffer battered him around two years ago, damaging the bone around his eye. The man also told Dallaire that Sheffer is a bully.
Sheffer is charged with battery, a class B misdemeanor.
On November 27th at about 10:32 p.m., fire and EMS personnel responded to a residence in Solsberry after a man called to report that a woman possibly had a broken rib and was experiencing pain in her lower back. According to a probable cause affidavit filed Wednesday, the woman’s moaning could be heard in the background during the call. The male identified himself as Thomas Doe over the phone.
Fire personnel arrived and the woman told them she had been battered and the man was somewhere in the back of the house, and the personnel requested assistance from law enforcement. Medical personnel said the male was inside the residence with a child.
Bloomfield Police Department Deputy Marshal Marvin Holt and Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jeff Payton found Thomas R. Foerster II, 38, hiding under a mattress in the child’s bedroom.
Foerster was allegedly uncooperative and a brief physical altercation occurred as Holt and Payton tried to detain him. He refused to place his hands behind his back or roll over, and tried to pull away when Holt was handcuffing him.
The woman was transported to Bloomington for medical care, and medical personnel stated that she may have a broken rib.
At about 10:55 p.m. Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Harvey Holt was sent to the residence to complete the battery investigation. Foerster told him no argument had occurred between him and the woman that night and that he never touched her, and when Holt asked how the woman was hurt Foerster replied that she was involved in an accident before that night. He said he did not know how long ago the accident occurred and that it was not reported to the police.
Foerster also said he had a couple of mixed drinks with vodka and that the woman had drank a couple of beers. When Holt inquired about why he was hiding under the bed, Foerster did not answer.
Holt spoke with the 6-year-old child who was present during the incident. The child said Foerster had yelled at the woman over a phone and then got mad and pushed her down in the kitchen area. He also told Holt that he thought the woman’s head was broken but could not tell him why he thought that.
The boy reported that the woman tried to call for help but Foerster took the phone from her and that Foerster then called for an ambulance. The child stated that when the ambulance arrived Foerster ran into his bedroom and hid. Holt asked why Foerster hid and the child said because he did something bad.
Holt spoke with the woman at around 1:30 a.m. on November 28th, and she said that she and Foerster got into a verbal dispute over her phone when he wanted to see her phone while she was texting her cousin to pick her up because Foerster was getting agitated after drinking. She told Holt that Foerster grabbed her around the shoulder area and pushed her down, then climbed on top of her and placed his forearm around her collar bone area.
The woman said Foerster was not choking her, and that she believed that while he was on top of her his knee was on her rib area, which caused her pain in her chest and made her unable to breathe. She added that it was possible she could not breathe because she was panicking, and that she could not remember all of the assault because it happened so fast.
The woman stated that he was on top of her for about ten minutes and that after he took her phone she asked him to call for an ambulance because her ribs were broken. She said she told Foerster that if he called an ambulance she would say that she fell down, and that he called for help while she was on the floor.
When the ambulance arrived, Foerster allegedly said he was going to jail and ran into the child’s bedroom. The woman told the ambulance service he was in the bedroom and that he beat her.
She told Holt that she had a couple of beers earlier in the day and that Foerster drank most of a large bottle of vodka and juice, and Holt saw three empty beer cans and a large bottle of vodka that was only about 1/3 full. He also observed a red scrape on the woman’s left elbow that appeared to be recent.
Foerster is charged with resisting law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor, and domestic battery committed in the presence of a child less than 16, a class D felony.
On Thanksgiving, Officer Andrew M. Duguay of the Jasonville Police Department responded to a call about a fight in progress at the Country Porch Gas Station in Jasonville.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed Wednesday, the victim told Duguay that Mika Fahey, 18, of Indianapolis, had punched his car hood and kicked the side of the vehicle. He said Fahey then put him into a head lock and slammed him into the wall of the Country Porch Gas Station.
Officer Duguay received a call from Officer Brian Pilant who advised that Fahey was outside his residence and had told him he had been in a fight with the victim. Fahey was transported back to the scene and agreed to go to the police department for an interview.
Fahey admitted to losing his temper and punching the car to attempt to get the other male to fight him. Fahey also said he put the victim into a head lock and pushed him against the Country Porch wall.
The victim reported shoulder pain and chest pain, and requested an ambulance to check him out.
Fahey is charged with battery resulting in bodily injury, a class A misdemeanor.
Late last Saturday morning Linton Police Department Officer Brock Garrison responded to a battery complaint.
The victim’s injuries, which included two abrasions that required stitches, contusions, swelling, a broken nose, and a concussion, were treated at the Greene County General Hospital. Afterwards, he spoke with Garrison at the Linton Police Department.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the victim said he woke up Saturday morning at about 9 a.m. to the sound of knocking. Two men were at his front door and one, later identified as Jared M. Rush, 30, of Lyons, was looking for a woman who was at the victim’s residence.
The victim told Garrison that he first told Rush she was not there, but then Rush stepped into his residence while yelling for the woman. The victim then told him to get out of his house and then he would go get the woman. He tried to close the front door but Rush threw up his hand, preventing him from shutting it.
The victim said he then went to get the woman, and when he returned with her Rush entered the residence uninvited and struck him in the side of the face, knocking him onto the couch. The victim told Garrison the second man, later identified as Ryan R. Wilson, 28, of Sullivan, also entered the residence and began to hit him in the face. He stated that both men punched him in the face several times while he was on the couch.
After the beating, the victim said he told the men to leave, which they did after arguing for a few moments.
Wilson was located, arrested, and taken to the Linton Police Department. He told Garrison that Rush and a man at the residence got into a physical altercation and he stayed on the porch, and added that he had not seen or talked to Rush since Rush dropped him off at his truck after the incident.
The woman also spoke with Garrison, and told him she was intimidated by Rush but that she went to the front of the house when she heard the victim and Rush arguing. She said she saw Rush striking the victim in the face and that Wilson also entered the residence and she believed he was striking the victim in the face, too. She added that when Wilson came in he kicked a vase and broke it, and that the men stopped hitting the victim after she told them she was calling the police.
The woman also told Garrison she knew both men.
A warrant for Rush’s arrest was issued on Tuesday, and he was booked into the Greene County Jail around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Both men are charged with battery resulting in serious injury, a class C felony, and residential entry, a class D felony.
Officer Jason Wilson assisted in the investigation.
A charge of invasion of privacy- violating a no contact order in pretrial release or diversion, a class A misdemeanor, has been filed against Shane M. Goodwill, 19, of Linton.
On November 15th, Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Harvey Holt went to Goodwill’s residence to serve a warrant and found another man was present with Goodwill. Holt knew that Goodwill was issued a no contact order that prevented him from having any direct or indirect contact with that man. According to a probable cause affidavit filed November 18th, both men had been told that a no contact order was in effect between them on November 10th.
The warrant Holt was serving was for intimidation with a deadly weapon, a class C felony, and criminal mischief, a class B misdemeanor. These charges are from an incident that occurred on November 10th, when Holt was dispatched to a residence in Linton at around 9 p.m.
When Holt arrived Goodwill told him he was wrestling with his nephew when his neighbor, who is 14 years old, told him to stop. He stated that he blacked out after he got mad, and informed Holt that he told the boy not to tell him what to do with his nephew, punched the wall, and left. Goodwill said he got into another verbal dispute with the neighbor a short time later and when the boy got in his face he went into the kitchen, grabbed a knife from the sink area, put it to the neighbor’s throat, and threatened to kill him.
Goodwill demonstrated to Holt that he held the knife about a foot away from the boy’s throat, and said the juvenile never hit him or hurt him in any way.
The juvenile said when he saw Goodwill wresting with his four-year-old nephew he believed Goodwill was being too aggressive and hurting the boy. He stated that when he asked Goodwill to stop Goodwill punched a hole in the wall, kicked a cedar chest and walked out, then returned about a half an hour later and apologized.
The juvenile said Goodwill then persisted in pushing him and when he would not stop the juvenile punched him in the stomach, but not enough to hurt him. He stated that Goodwill became angry again, grabbed a knife from the kitchen, put the knife against his throat, and said he would kill him.
The neighbor said that at that point another man walked in, pushed Goodwill away, and took the knife from him. Holt asked the juvenile to show him where the knife was on his throat and there was a straight line on the part he indicated, but the juvenile believed the mark had always been there.
The man who took the knife from Goodwill said the knife was actually touching the juvenile’s neck.
On April 28th of this year, Holt was dispatched to a fight-in-progress involving Goodwill. When he arrived he saw that one man present was cut on the forehead and bleeding. When Holt asked Goodwill what happened he said he backhanded the other man. He stated that they argued over a basketball video game and he blacked out when the other man pointed in his face and touched his cheek.
Goodwill also said he punched the man several times and choked him.
The other man stated that a three-year-old was also in the room, and that Goodwill pushed the child down. He added that he did not believe Goodwill tried to hurt the boy, but when Goodwill would not apologize to the child he got in Goodwill’s face and pointed at him. He said that when he barely touched Goodwill’s cheek, Goodwill hit him several times and choked him.
For that incident, Goodwill is charged with battery resulting in bodily injury, a class A misdemeanor, and the case is still pending.
Correction: November 20, 2013
This article previously listed an incorrect age for Shane M. Goodwill.
Knox County Coroner Gordon Becher confirmed that Terry Bailey, 59, of Carlisle, died on Friday of injuries caused by a traffic accident. His wife, Pamela, survived the crash.
Knox County Sheriff Mike Morris said his department received notification of the three-car crash around 7 a.m. and that it occurred on US 50 near the US 41 exit ramp just outside of Vincennes.
Martia Miley, 37, and her passenger Robert Daniel, 39, who have St. Petersburg, Florida addresses but are living in Vincennes, were headed west on US 50 when they rear-ended a vehicle driven by Mike Bahr, of Vincennes. Bahr’s vehicle was forced into the guard rail and Miley’s vehicle crossed the median and hit the Baileys’ vehicle head-on.
Bahr was unhurt.
Miley is now in the Knox County Jail charged with criminal recklessness and operating while intoxicated causing death, a class B felony. Daniel was also arrested and charged with resisting arrest, battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct, and public intoxication.
Morris noted that Daniel kicked a deputy in the face during his arrest.
Brandon L. Stringer, 26, of Linton, was arrested last Friday as part of a child abuse case that already had two suspects behind bars. Michael S. Liechty, 29, and Bonnie R. B. L. Irvin, 19, were booked into the Greene County Jail early on the morning of October 4th.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Linton Police Department Detective Joshua Goodman, on October 3rd Goodman and Officer Jason Wilson spoke with two women who babysat for the five-year-old child the three suspects are accused of abusing. The women called the police department because they had noticed and photographed injuries to the child the day before.
Goodman viewed the photos, which displayed numerous severe bruises and red marks, long scratch marks to both sides of the child’s neck, and what appeared to be a busted lip. Goodman noted the bruises seemed to be in various stages of healing, which indicated to him that they were not all sustained from the same event on the same day.
The Department of Child Services became involved in the investigation and Wilson and Officer Thomas Jerrels located the boy’s father, Liechty, his fiancée Irvin, and the child at their residence in Linton. Liechty’s mother was also present and all four were taken to the Linton Police Department. Greene County Rescue then took the child to Greene County General Hospital.
The three adults were questioned during recorded interviews.
Liechty’s mother said she was not sure if the child was being physically abused and indicated that her son would not abuse the child but she did not know if Irvin would. She had no plans to contact law enforcement to report the child’s injuries, but said they had just had a family meeting where they discussed the situation and decided to contact social services to see if the child needed medicine for behavioral issues.
Liechty and Irvin both told versions of events that changed over time.
They each blamed some of the child’s injuries on the boy throwing tantrums, and admitted he had not received medical treatment. Liechty told officers he kept the boy in the shower/tub surround for 20 to 30 minutes at a time as he sprayed him down with cold water and demanded that he tell the truth.
Irvin told Goodman and Wilson she was pregnant and that she lived with Liechty and the boy, whom she referred to as her son. She admitted they spanked the child with a paddle and said Liechty had gotten out of control with the paddle and left bruises on the boy two to four weeks previously, which Liechty later confirmed.
Irvin also said she snatched the boy by his arm while questioning him and pulled him until his feet came out from under him in a “superman” fashion with his feet out behind him. She finally agreed the bruises were not all from one event and said it started about two months previously and got worse about a month earlier. She admitted to hitting him up the back and shoulders with her hands and the paddle but said only Liechty hit him off the doors and walls.
Liechty described grabbing the boy and basically tossing him around and causing him to land on the floor. He also admitted to hitting the boy in the back with the paddle, striking him with it too low and too high and leaving bruises, and possibly causing injuries from squeezing him hard while holding him in the air. He added that he had been striking the child in the mouth for a month.
When officers searched Liechty and Irvin’s residence, Liechty showed them the wooden coat rack used to strike the child and Goodman noticed several areas of damaged drywall that indicated some type of struggle may have taken place in the bathroom at some point. A large area of the wall in the child’s bedroom had also been damaged, and the bedroom door had been completely broken off its hinges.
According to a report from the Greene County General Hospital, the boy had multiple bruises in different stages of healing and long scratch marks on both sides of his neck, nose, and forehead.
The next day, when the boy was interviewed at a child advocacy center in Bloomington, he disclosed that his dad’s friend Brandon, later identified as Brandon Stringer, whipped him.
On October 5th, Goodman conducted follow-up interviews with Liechty and Irvin at the Greene County Jail. Irvin said she had seen Stringer pick the child up and put him against the wall, as well as thrust his head into the ceiling. She added that Stringer did not have her permission to assist with discipline, and that Liechty was at work during the incident.
She told Goodman that Stringer punched a hole in the wall beside the child’s head, and when she described the location of the hole Goodman realized he had photographed it while searching the residence.
Stringer went to the Linton Police Department on October 10th, and according to Goodman he was initially dishonest about what he had seen in the child’s home and his own involvement in the events. Later, he admitted to whipping the boy, thrusting him in the air and causing his head to strike the ceiling, and being “aggravated and pissed off” while doing those things. He also said he punched a hole through the wall next to the boy.
Stringer said he was trying to scare the child into telling the truth about why he would not go to sleep and admitted that the manner of discipline was not appropriate. He added that he should have reported the abuse he was aware of, but that he was afraid of also having to explain his own actions.
Stringer indicated that before the incident he saw Irvin disciplining the child, including striking him with the paddle. He said Irvin was on top of the boy, who was kicking to defend himself, and that since he knew Irvin was pregnant he advised her to leave and let him handle it. Stringer said those events took place because the child would not go to sleep when he was told to go to bed, and then would not answer questions as to why he would not go to sleep.
Liechty and Irvin are both charged with battery resulting in bodily injury to a victim less than 14 years old, neglect of a dependent with the dependent being abandoned or cruelly confined, and neglect of a dependent with the dependent being deprived of necessary support, all class D felonies, and neglect of a dependent, a class C felony. Irvin is also charged with strangulation, a class D felony.
On October 8th, Liechty and Irvin’s bonds were set at $75,000 cash only with no 10 percent allowed.
Stringer is charged with intimidation with the threat to commit a forcible felony and battery resulting in bodily injury to a victim less than 14 years old, both class D felonies, and neglect of a dependent, a class C felony.
On October 4th, Zane Q. Polmanter, 40, was arrested for domestic battery, a class A misdemeanor. Polmanter was released on bond for $100 (10%).
At approximately 12:04 p.m. the victim called the Sheriff’s Department stating she needed a sheriff. The victim was heard over the phone saying “don’t break my phone”, but nobody would respond to questions.
At around 12:22 p.m. Detective George Dallaire located Polmanter at the corner of Fellows Ridge Road and Mineral-Koleen Road. Dallaire advised Polmanter of his rights and he signed the advice of rights.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed Tuesday, Polmanter stated he and the victim went into the house and he wanted to leave and go to work and the victim wanted to leave with him. This started the argument, since he did not want the victim to go to work with him. Dallaire asked Polmanter how the items got broken in the house and Polmanter responded that the victim slammed the door and the shelf fell off the wall, breaking the lamp and items on the shelf.
He added that she followed him outside the house.
At approximately 12:26 p.m. Deputy Davis Aerne arrived at the residence to speak to the victim regarding the argument with her husband. The victim stated that she and Polmanter started arguing and he kicked the door, knocking the shelf off the wall and onto a lamp, breaking the lamp and other items. The victim also said Polmanter kicked the vacuum.
The victim then stated that Zane put his hands around her throat and pushed her into the couch, and that she then ran into the bedroom to light a candle. Zane followed her into the bedroom and placed his hands around her throat again and shoved her into the bed. The victim said Zane then went outside to leave, locking the door of the house on purpose and driving off in her car.
Aerne noticed there were three small circular bruises on the right side of the victim’s neck, and that her throat was red. He took photographs of the bruises.
At about 1:15 p.m. Zane admitted to Dallaire that he was trying to leave and the victim grabbed hold of him and he grabbed her by the neck before going out the door. Zane also stated that he grabbed the battery out of her phone so he would not get into trouble. Zane said he did not choke the victim, but only grabbed her throat.