Bloomington Man Arrested on Drug Charges in Bloomfield

Shane Walters

Shane A. Walters, 39, of Bloomington, is facing charges of possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 felony; possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor.

Bloomfield Police Deputy Marshal Marvin C. Holt was dispatched to a Bloomfield business at around 4:30 a.m. Feb. 4 after a possible physical altercation was reported. The store clerk reportedly told Holt, when he arrived, that she thought she saw Walters hit the woman he was arguing with.

The clerk told Holt that Walters and the woman had gone into their motel room, so Holt went to investigate. He stated that a woman answered the door and said there had been an argument, but nothing physical. Holt reportedly checked the room, and there was no male present, but there were “personal items thrown on the floor.”

The woman allegedly said that Walters had left on foot. When deputies arrived to secure the area, Holt stated that he went looking for Walters in town and found him in a convenience store. From his car, he observed Walters going into the restroom, and he entered the store.

The clerk reportedly told Holt that Walters had been behaving strangely, and had bought something, then returned to the restroom twice. According to his probable cause affidavit, Holt waited 15 minutes by the checkout counter before finally knocking on the restroom door and telling Walters he needed to come out.

Walters allegedly said he would be out in a few minutes. Holt stated that he asked the clerk if the restroom had been cleaned recently. She reportedly told him it had, about an hour earlier, and very few people had been in it since.

Deputies Bobby Pierce and Zach Goad had also arrived at that point. When Walters finally exited the restroom, Pierce and Holt patted him down, while Goad went in to check the trash can, toilet and sink.

During the patdown, Holt reported, Pierce found a bulge in Waters’s pocket, which turned out to be a plastic bag containing marijuana, and a short straw that contained a white substance. Walters allegedly claimed the residue was from prescription pills he had ingested.

Goad reportedly found a syringe and two yellow pills that were later confirmed to be valium in the trash can. The syringe contained a clear liquid, and Walters allegedly said he was not sure if it was methamphetamine or heroin.

It was reportedly later determined that Walters did not have a prescription for the valium, and that the substance in the syringe was methamphetamine. Walters allegedly admitted to throwing the items in the trash can, but said they were not his, as he had taken from the woman at the motel.

Walters was assigned an attorney, and a pretrial conference is set for June 10.

Bloomfield Man Allegedly Batters Woman, Child, Tries to Intimidate Officers

Baylus Buckner Jr.

Baysul S. Buckner Jr., 48, of Bloomfield, is facing two level 6 felonies, battery to child under 14 years old and domestic battery; and one class B misdemeanor, disorderly conduct.

Greene County Sheriff’s Dep. James J. Carpenter and Bloomfield Deputy Marshal J.R. Blazier responded to a call for help at a Bloomfield residence. Carpenter reportedly asked Buckner what had happened and he acknowledged that there had been an argument between him and a woman at the residence. He allegedly told Carpenter that he had 15 beers that day.

The woman in the home reportedly told Carpenter that she thought Buckner had been drinking all day, and his friend had dropped him off at 6 p.m. She allegedly said he came in with a case of beer, and was being loud and obnoxious.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the woman said her daughter was working on crafts when Buckner told her to go to the bedroom, then shoved her into a chair. Carpenter stated that the woman claimed she tried to stop Buckner, when he grabbed her head and began hitting her with a box of alcoholic beverages.

The woman’s daughter allegedly ran in and pulled Buckner’s hair to stop him, and she said that he pulled the girl down, causing her to hit her head on the ground. The woman reportedly told Carpenter that Buckner then began striking her in the face with a closed fist, before she and her daughter escaped to the bedroom. The girl then called 911.

The girl’s version of events corroborated with her mother’s, according to the report. The woman and the girl were reportedly both upset and crying and had swelling and other injuries.

Buckner was taken to the Greene County Jail, where, during booking, he allegedly stood up, took off his shirt and flexed his muscles, attempting to frighten the officers. He was reportedly told several times to sit down, but refused, and was placed in a cell before finishing the booking process.

Bond was set at $8,500, with 10 percent optional. A pretrial conference is scheduled for May 20.

Law Enforcement Students to Graduate in March

Josh Fuller (right) practices the proper procedures to take during a traffic stop at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield.

PLAINFIELD — Greene County residents Jordan Allor and Josh Fuller are entering week 10 of 16 at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Last week, Allor, of the Bloomfield Police Department, was training on firearms, while Fuller, of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, was going through traffic stops training.

Firearms and stops are two of the four “breakout” weeks, during which trainees get hands-on experience. The other two special classes are EVOC, or emergency vehicles operations course, and physical tactics. Other weeks at the academy are spent primarily in a classroom setting, learning criminal law and more.

“The breakout weeks are a lot of fun,” Allor said. “You get to meet more people in your squad. You’re all in a group setting instead of a class.”

While getting out and physically participating during those weeks may be enjoyable, Fuller said instructors have taught him valuable information in the classroom as well.

“The criminal law classes have helped explain a lot of stuff that I wasn’t 100 percent clear on,” he explained.

Both Allor and Fuller said training is going well so far. Fuller added that hearing everyone else’s stories did not really prepare them for the ILEA experience.

“I didn’t really know what to expect,” Allor agreed. “Other officers — some liked it, some did not.”

While at the academy, officers typically stay in a dormitory through the week and return home on weekends. This can be challenging in more ways than one, the men said.

“The hardest part is being away from family,” Allor explained.

Fuller said, “It will be nice to get back into a normal routine, even though then we will have to actually work.”

Allor said getting back to his job will provide him with a much needed break from getting up at 5:30 a.m. every day. He typically works 12-hour shifts, between second and third shift for the Bloomfield Police Department.

Fuller works evenings for Greene County Sheriff’s Department as well.

Allor and Fuller are set to graduate on March 13. For more information about ILEA, visit the website at www.in.gov/ilea.

Bloomfield Schools Deemed Safe After Incident on Monday

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One Bloomfield student was taken into custody after an incident that involved a threatening note found outside of the jr./sr. high office on Monday morning.

School Superintendent Dan Sichting provided information on the matter.

“At 9:15 this morning outside of the junior/senior high office we found what I would deem to be a threatening note,” Sichting said.

The school’s safety plan was then initiated. The school went on lockdown and local law officials were contacted. Law officials were on-site within about five minutes, he added.

“By 10:15 a.m. we had identified the person responsible. The person will be meeting with the Bloomfield Police Department and Greene County probation officers this afternoon,” Sichting explained.

A search of the building was conducted at 9:15 a.m. and concluded by 11:15 a.m. The lockdown was lifted at 11:15 a.m. No credible threat was found and students are safe.

The female student responsible is in custody.

 

 

 

Bloomfield Schools Deemed Safe After Incident on Monday

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One Bloomfield student was taken into custody after an incident that involved a threatening note found outside of the jr./sr. high office on Monday morning.

School Superintendent Dan Sichting provided information on the matter.

“At 9:15 this morning outside of the junior/senior high office we found what I would deem to be a threatening note,” Sichting said.

The school’s safety plan was then initiated. The school went on lockdown and local law officials were contacted. Law officials were on-site within about five minutes, he added.

“By 10:15 a.m. we had identified the person responsible. The person will be meeting with the Bloomfield Police Department and Greene County probation officers this afternoon,” Sichting explained.

A search of the building was conducted at 9:15 a.m. and concluded by 11:15 a.m. The lockdown was lifted at 11:15 a.m. No credible threat was found and students are safe.

The female student responsible is in custody.

 

 

 

Air Force Vets Reunited at Last

Holt and Jjackson

The 7th District of the American Legion Riders and law enforcement vehicles escorted two veterans into Bloomfield on Thursday afternoon, as well-wishers waved American Flags and held up homemade signs to celebrate their arrival. The pair were returning from Andrews Air Force Base, where they had reunited after a seven-year separation.

Former Air Force K-9 handler and current Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Harvey Holt was thrilled to once again be holding the leash of Jjackson, his one-time military partner– although Holt might disagree with the word “partner”.

“I worked for him,” Holt stated. “I was a leash-holder and a ball-thrower, as they say. That’s all I did– he did the hard work.”

Part of Jjackson’s work included locating improvised explosive devices (IED’s) during a half-year long deployment with Holt in Iraq. As soon as the pair returned to the states, Holt was told to turn Jjackson over to his new handler. He spent the next seven years trying to be reunited with the canine hero.

Late last month, Holt finally received permission to adopt Jjackson. He had to prepare to bring him to Greene County quickly, however, which included raising funds for travel arrangements, a kennel to meet specific requirements, and medical costs he was told might include an amputation.

Thursday, Holt told the crowd that had gathered near the courthouse that being able to pick Jjackson up on such short notice was 99 percent due to Marcy Cook, who provided him with a plane ticket and a rental vehicle to drive Jjackson home in.

“She’ll never know how much it meant to me and my family for her to go above and beyond most people. I appreciate it, and if there’s ever anything I can do for you, or my family [can do for you], don’t hesitate to call. [Jjackson’s] part of your family too, now,” a tearful Holt said.

He noted that it was only Jjackson’s second day of retirement and that they have a long road to travel together, but that now that he has his dog he can focus on getting Jjackson’s medical issues treated.

Holt was asked if Jjackson remembered him when they first saw one another, and he laughed as he responded that at first it was more that he did not recognize his dog.

“Long story short, when I got out of the kennels they told me to go grab my leash and collar, and there was a handler I had seen five minutes ago with no dog who walked outside. I thought he was carrying his dog. I said, ‘Hey, that’s a pretty dog. Who is that?’ He said, ‘Uh, that’s Jjackson.’ I stopped and looked, and he’s gained about 15 pounds. It’s kind of like an old girlfriend you [haven’t] seen in years and years,” he explained.

Holt said that when Jjackson saw him, though, the dog ran straight to him and wanted loving.

“Obviously, you can see it’s like the old days,” Holt commented as Jjackson leaned against him. “He’s on me.”

His brother Marvin Holt, who serves as the Bloomfield Police Department’s Lieutenant Town Marshal, said he was glad the long wait to bring Jjackson home was over.

“Anytime it comes to talking about Jjackson, he starts to tear up a little bit. That dog is his life. You can tell he’s happy– he’s happy now,” Marvin Holt stated about his brother.

Harvey Holt’s wife Debbie agreed, noting that her husband will sleep much better at night. She also said she wanted to thank the military for finally turning Jjackson over to his former handler.

Marvin Holt, who has helped his brother for years in his battle to adopt the dog, stressed that many other people also made their reunion possible.

“Greene County and the surrounding counties have all done their part and I think it’s touched a lot of people,” he said.

Marcy Cook had originally donated a jet to fly Holt and Jjackson home on Monday, but the winter weather did not cooperate. The large welcome that was planned for that night got downsized a little when Thursday’s celebration needed to be planned at the last minute. Marvin Holt credited Terri Wilson, who sent out Facebook alerts to let people know when the veterans would arrive in Bloomfield, for the good turnout.

“I’m a big animal lover and everything the dog and Harvey have been through really touched my heart. I just thought it would be great to try to get the community together to show their support for them,” Wilson said, noting that she deals with local law enforcement officials on a regular basis due to running a convenience store in Bloomfield.

“I love Harvey and his brother, both,” she added.

Jack Bledsoe, a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955, was also on-hand to greet Holt and Jjackson.

“I think we need to support our veterans– being one, myself,” he said. “I know about the dog who was with [Holt] over there [in Iraq], and it’s amazing.”

Charlie Whelchel, AKA Fat Man, who serves as the director for the 7th District of the American Legion Riders, explained the decision to provide Holt and Jjackson with an escort into town in three short sentences.

“That’s a veteran over there– two legs or four. He spent his time in combat and he deserves to come home just like the rest of us did. He deserves to live the rest of his life happily,” Whelchel stated.

Holt wants to make sure that Jjackson does just that, and said the dog’s main issue right now is the need for medical treatment. Wednesday, a veterinarian told him that Jjackson may not need a leg amputation, but that he still needs plenty of help to feel better again.

“He’s going to need a veterinarian orthopedic surgeon to take a look at his back legs,” Holt explained. “[The vet] said he’s in a lot of discomfort with some of the medical issues he’s had, and he’s possibly going to need his ankles and knees pinned, which will alleviate 90 percent of the pain he’s going through.”

Holt said that Jjackson, who will turn 11 on June 3, has arthritis that has caused him to walk unnaturally, resulting in a torn ligament.

Despite looming medical procedures, Holt was grateful and pleased that donations through Facebook and the Bloomfield State Bank have paid for Jjackson’s kennel, which Holt and volunteers hope to start constructing on Friday.

“He’ll have a nice home,” Holt promised, before assuring the community that he and Jjackson will soon be available to visit with them again.

“Once we get to know each other a little more, we’ll be more than willing to come out and talk to your organizations and give you a history on military working dogs in general, because there are a lot of dogs still out there working and being deployed that actually need stuff that the military unfortunately can’t really afford to give them,” he said.

If you wish to make a donation towards Jjackson’s expenses, you may give to the Jjackson’s Home for Heroes Fund at any Bloomfield State Bank branch. Holt asks that you keep your deposit slip so that the money can be returned to you if it is not needed.

Offers of other types of assistance can be made by emailing Holt at jacksonh202@yahoo.com or messaging Jjackson A Hero’s Homecoming on Facebook.

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Bloomfield Schools Deemed Safe After Incident on Wednesday

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One Bloomfield student was taken into police custody after an incident that involved a threat on a bathroom wall was reported at the Bloomfield School District on Wednesday afternoon.

Superintendent Dan Sichting provided details on the matter.

“We had an incident here this afternoon. A student wrote what some people might deem to be a threat on the bathroom wall… I am unable to go into detail about the threat,” he explained.

Members of the Bloomfield Police Department and members of the Alcohol and Firearms from Crane arrived on site, conducted an assessment, and deemed the school did not need evacuated, Sichting said.

“A search was done of the school and it was deemed no student or staff was in danger of what was written on the bathroom wall,” he added, noting school safety protocols were initiated and used during the incident.

“At 2:30 this afternoon Bloomfield Police took a female student into custody concerning the incident,” he added.

Owensburg Man Accused of Possessing Meth, Heroin, and Marijuana

devin bays

A 19-year-old faces four drug-related charges after a traffic stop last Friday night.

Bloomfield Lieutenant Marshal Marvin Holt and Deputy Marshal Jordan Allor were patrolling just outside the Bloomfield city limits at shorty after 10:30 p.m. when they initiated a traffic stop on Devin K. R. Bays. Holt stated in a probable cause affidavit that Allor told him Bays had a warrant out for his arrest, so he asked Bays to step out of the vehicle and handcuffed him until the warrant could be confirmed.

Holt searched Bays after the warrant was confirmed, and Bays allegedly confessed to having a pipe used for methamphetamine in the pocket of his hoodie, and also to having methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana in the floorboard of the vehicle.

In the court document, Holt said that Bays gave him permission to search for the drugs and stated that he needed help for his drug addiction.

Holt reported that he found a bag in the floorboard that contained a material that field-tested positive for marijuana, a digital scale, a small bag of a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, and another bag with a rock that field-tested positive for heroin.

Bays allegedly confessed to buying all three substances in Bloomington the previous day and using all three of the drugs earlier that day. Holt stated that Bays said he paid $120 for the gram of methamphetamine, $30 for the tenth gram of heroin, and $120 for about one ounce of marijuana.

Bays was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony, possession of marijuana/hashish, a class A misdemeanor, possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor, and possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony. He also faces a petition to revoke a suspended sentence for forgery.

 

Odon Woman Charged with Residential Entry, Disorderly Conduct

Christy Smith

Christy N. Smith, 28, is accused of entering a home without permission.

Late last Wednesday night, Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jeffrey Brown responded to a report of a large, multi-party fight at a residence in Bloomfield. Brown was assisted by Deputy Harvey Holt, Bloomfield Police Department Lieutenant Marvin Holt, and Indiana State Police Trooper Richard Klun.

According to a probable cause affidavit, when Brown arrived at the scene he found three people in a pickup truck in the driveway and saw several people run inside the residence. One of the vehicle’s occupants, Smith, was holding her small daughter.

Brown had all parties enter the residence in order to get the child out of the cold, and Smith allegedly began yelling, cursing, making threats, and coercing others to fight her.

The owner of the residence told Brown that Smith came to the house uninvited, unwelcome, and unannounced, and that she took her daughter. According to the owner, Smith was still married to his son but they were separated with no custodial agreement in place and Smith had never resided at his home. He stated that he was playing cards with other people when someone ran in and said Smith had the child and everyone ran outside where a member of the group removed the keys from the pickup and called the police.

According to the court document, the child’s father showed Brown a text message he sent Smith earlier that day, telling her she was not allowed at the residence. He reportedly said that after Smith took the child to the truck he stood behind the vehicle to prevent them from leaving while a male in the vehicle revved the motor in an attempt to scare him from behind the truck. Brown stated that the man’s hand was bleeding, and that although he did not remember how he was injured he said he beat on the driver’s side of the truck with his hands and elbow.

Brown observed several significant dents to the side of the vehicle.

The man who drove Smith to the residence to pick up her daughter allegedly told Brown he was unaware that Smith was not supposed to be there. He said that shortly after Smith came out to the vehicle with the child she was followed by everyone else, including the child’s father who got behind the truck and then started pounding and beating on the driver’s side. The man said he locked all the doors to avoid a fight but a door got unlocked and the child’s father struck him in the face, causing pain and swelling.

Smith explained to Brown that she had three children with her husband, and that she was not living with him. Brown stated that Smith told him she knocked on the door and went inside, and that although no one let her in that was the way it worked. She allegedly added that no one had told her she was not allowed at the residence.

A woman who told Brown she was the babysitter for the kids said she and Smith knocked on the door, opened the door, grabbed the child, and left.

Deputy Harvey Holt interviewed three children and one adult, and reported to Brown that none of them heard a knock or let Smith in.

Brown placed Smith under arrest and Klun took her to the Greene County Jail without further incident.

Smith is charged with disorderly conduct, a class B misdemeanor, and residential entry, a class D felony.

Man Accused of Setting Door on Fire in Bloomfield

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On Sunday, Jan. 19, Bloomfield Police Department Chief Deputy Marshal Jeremy Inman was dispatched to a fire at the main entrance of an apartment complex on Mill Street.

When Inman arrived, the fire was out but the doorway was still smoking and a gas can had been left near the door. He then talked to two men he saw walking up the alley west of the apartment complex.

One of the men was 23-year-old Aaron J. Williams.

The second man said he had not done anything wrong and that he would talk, and Inman took both men to the Greene County Jail to be interviewed. According to a probable cause affidavit, that man told Inman and Indiana State Police Trooper Richard Klun that he was visiting two people at the apartment complex when someone started knocking on windows and doors, and that the women said it might have been the police looking for someone. He stated that no one was at the door but a short time later he was walking down the hallway when he heard women yelling the place was on fire.

The man said he went outside and spoke with Williams, who told him to walk with him. The man said they discussed issues that they had in the past and that when he asked Williams about setting the fire, Williams told him that it was less than a gallon of gas. The man told Inman that he thought Williams was after him because of their past.

Williams told Inman and Klun that he had been looking for the other man and that he first placed a cigarette butt on the screen door to get the attention of the people inside, after he had tried knocking on doors and windows. He said he did not pour gas on the door but that he did see a gas can nearby. Inman asked Williams about the odor of gas on him and Williams stated that he had gas on his clothes and gloves because he had run out of gas earlier in the night.

Williams said he stuck the cigarette butt to the door because he was upset and wanted to talk to the other man, that he did not report the fire because it went out, and that he never put anybody in danger when setting the door on fire. He added that if it would have placed anybody in danger he would not have done it.

Inman spoke with a woman who was in the apartment complex at the time of the fire, who told him that she saw Williams pour gas on the front door.

When Klun talked with Williams later on Sunday, Williams allegedly admitted to pouring gas on the front door.

The apartment complex contains three apartments and all occupants have to use the main entrance to enter and leave the apartments. Inman noted that when Williams started the fire there were approximately six people inside the building, all of whom were placed in danger.

Williams is charged with arson, a class B felony. His jury trial is scheduled to begin on April 15.

 

Bloomfield Police Ask for Help Locating Stolen Vehicle

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The Bloomfield Police Department is looking for a gray 2006 Chevy HHR. The vehicle was stolen from Jenkins and Sons Funeral Home on Friday, December 23, probably during the early afternoon. It has a Freemason license plate with a front plate that says “digger”.

If seen, please contact the Greene County Sheriff’s Department at 812-384-4422.

 

 

Bloomfield Woman Charged with Two Felonies

Melissa Ferree

Bloomfield Police Department Chief Deputy Marshal Jeremy Inman and Officer Anthony Bowers were driving west on US 231 at Franklin Street Thursday when they observed a Dodge Neon with a driver’s side headlight that was not working properly. They performed a traffic stop and, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Friday, Inman could smell burnt marijuana as he approached the vehicle.

The driver, Melissa A. Ferree, 29, stated that she purchased the vehicle in July of this year and that she had not transferred the title or plates to the Neon. She also had no proof of insurance, and Inman noticed her movement was very slow while she attempted to retrieve her driver’s license.

Ferree told Inman she had not smoked marijuana inside the vehicle, but that her passenger may have smoked some marijuana. Inman found that the passenger was in possession of rolling papers, and the man said he had not smoked any marijuana inside the vehicle but that Ferree had smoked some just prior to the traffic stop.

Ferree consented to a search of her purse and the vehicle, telling Inman he would not find anything inside of the vehicle.

Inman found a container holding five pills later identified as Alprazolam, a class 4 scheduled substance, in Ferree’s purse.  Ferree first said the pills were hers but later claimed they belonged to her mother. He also discovered a pill bottle containing a substance he believed to be marijuana under the passenger seat of the vehicle.

Ferree’s three-year-old child was unrestrained in her car seat, and the Indiana Department of Child Services became involved in the matter. Caseworker Karen Roach and Inman interviewed Ferree at the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, where Ferree told them she did not have a prescription for the pills but had gotten them from her mother and that her passenger had smoked marijuana just prior to Inman stopping them.

Inman asked Ferree if she thought it was dangerous for her child to breathe the odor of marijuana and Ferree stated that she knew the odor would not hurt her child because her passenger had the joint hanging out of the window when he was smoking it. She also did not think it was harmful because in other states people can smoke marijuana and it is not against the law, and she said she believes marijuana will be legal soon.

Ferree is charged with possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony, and neglect of a dependent, also a class D felony.

Solsberry Man Found Hiding under Child’s Mattress after Allegedly Battering Woman

Thomas Foerster

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.

Local Law Enforcement, Medical Personnel Support Ending Violence Against Women

Jeanette Walker ties a white ribbon on Greene County Sheriff's Department Deputy Harvey Holt's vehicle

You may notice a new addition to many law enforcement vehicles soon—white ribbons tied to the antennas.

The White Ribbon Campaign symbolizes a man’s pledge to never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women. More than 50 countries now participate in 16 days of opposing violence against women, from White Ribbon Day on November 25th through December 10th.

“It’s mainly because a lot of males feel like they’re left out of a lot of our campaigns, so this in particular is to recognize males and thank them for opposing violence against women,” explained Middle Way House Women’s Advocate Jeanette Walker. “Our particular region wanted to recognize law enforcement officers and medical professionals that support ending violence against women.”

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department, Bloomfield Police Department, and Linton Police Department are all participating. Walker noted that tying the ribbons to ambulances can cause problems so many medical professionals will be wearing ribbons on their clothing.

Men may help support the White Ribbon Campaign by wearing a ribbon, encouraging others to wear ribbons, and supporting men who are caring and respectful towards women.

 

Updated: Bloomfield Man Arrested on Drug Related Charges

Evan Kerr

Original article, published November 18th at 9:12 p.m.

On Thursday, November 14th around 7 p.m. Bloomfield Police Department Chief Deputy Marshal Jeremy Inman observed a vehicle traveling east on State Road 54 near Lester Street at 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. Inman stopped the vehicle and, according to a probable cause affidavit filed on Monday, smelled burnt marijuana as he approached it.

Evan C. Kerr, 19, was the driver.

When Inman asked Kerr if he knew why he had been stopped, Kerr stated that he may have been speeding and that he was in a hurry. Kerr then asked if Inman knew what time the mall closed.

Kerr said he did not have anything on him and consented to Inman patting him down. During the pat down, Inman asked Kerr what was in his coin pocket and Kerr replied that it was marijuana. Kerr gave that bag, and another bag from his pocket, to Inman.

Kerr also told Inman that he had marijuana and a marijuana pipe in his car.

Inman found another bag containing a green leafy plant substance in the driver’s door, a metal smoking pipe in the driver’s seat, and a glass smoking pipe in a Swisher Sweets box under the front seat.

Kerr told Inman he used the glass pipe to smoke marijuana. He also said he bought the marijuana in Sullivan for buddies who gave him money to deliver it to them, and added that he had smoked marijuana about two hours earlier.

Kerr is charged with reckless possession of paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana/hashish, a class A misdemeanor.

On Monday, November 18th, a warrant for Kerr’s arrest was issued. He is charged with possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony, possession of marijuana/hashish, a class A misdemeanor, and reckless possession of paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor, from an offense allegedly committed in December of 2012.

Update:

At around 7 p.m. on December 16th of last year, Bloomfield Police Department Deputy Marshal Marvin Holt found Kerr passed out in his vehicle, which was in the turn lane on South Washington Street.  According to a probable cause affidavit, Holt activated his emergency lights and sirens, but Kerr did not move or wake up.  Holt woke Kerr up by knocking on his window, but Kerr seemed to be dazed and began attempting to start his car, although it was already running.

Kerr rolled down his window, and Holt could smell marijuana and noticed that Kerr’s eyes were red. Kerr allegedly told Holt he had some marijuana in the door, paraphernalia in the console, and a pipe in the ashtray.  He also said he had smoked marijuana about two hours previously.

Holt searched the vehicle and found a small bag of what appeared to be marijuana, a piece of rolling paper, a smoking device with burnt residue in the bowl, and two cellophane wrappers containing partially smoked hand-rolled cigarettes.  Under the cellophane packages were a partially smoked hand-rolled cigarette and three pills identified as Alprazolam, a schedule IV controlled substance.

Kerr was booked into the Greene County Jail on Tuesday, and his jury trial is set for March 18th, 2014.

Bloomfield Man Charged with Domestic Battery and Strangulation

Phillip George

Bloomfield Police Department Deputy Marshal Marvin Holt responded to a residence in Bloomfield on Sunday and met with a woman who accused Phillip R. George, 58, of beating her. Holt observed that she had a blackened eye, dried blood on her nose, and swelling above both eyes.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed Tuesday, the woman told Holt she and George had started fighting late Saturday night and that the arguing turned physical like it does many times. She stated that Phillip punched her in the face several times, pushed her to the ground and kicked her in the legs and back, and threw a wooden boxed record player at her, which struck her and broke into several pieces. She also said George grabbed her by the throat, causing her to spit up blood.

The woman explained that she got away from George and locked herself in the bathroom until he kicked the door in, and said George had grabbed her by the head and beat it off the door causing multiple holes in it. She told Holt she wanted George out of the residence.

She said that at some point George took a knife and cut her, but when a witness took pictures later no wound was discovered in that location. She also stated that she had bruises on her legs from being kicked, but no more pictures were taken because she was upset and uncomfortable. She did not agree to go to the Sheriff’s Department for more pictures and an interview.

Holt spoke with the witness, who said that before he arrived the victim had asked George if he felt good about hitting her and George said he did and asked her if she wanted more. She added that the victim also asked if he wanted to choke her again and George raised his crutch and said he would choke her with his crutch.

When Holt entered the bedroom to speak with George he noticed blood and what appeared to be fresh wounds on both of his hands. Holt then took George to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department for an interview.

George accused the woman of getting mean and starting fights for dumb reasons when she drinks, and told Holt she had started yelling at him for getting paint all over the place when he was painting in the living room. He said that at the start of the month the woman gets her check and goes and gets alcohol and drinks a bunch, 30 pack after 30 pack. George stated that when the woman grabbed a ball bat he pushed her in the area of the chest and neck.

George told Holt they ended up on the living room floor because they slipped and that he had not hit her. He said she gave herself the black eye and that if he grabbed her by the neck it was because he wanted to push her away so she would stop and leave him alone. He stated that he never tried to hurt her during the altercation.

Holt asked about her black eye and George said she slipped on a rug, adding that they slip on the rugs all the time. George also told Holt that the wounds on his hands were probably from slipping in the living room but later said they were from painting near the ceiling. When Holt asked how he injured his left hand if he did not use it to paint with he again said it was from slipping the night before.

George later admitted to putting his hands around the woman’s neck, but not to punching her.

Holt returned to the residence and spoke with the witness, who said that when she arrived at the residence around nine a.m. on Sunday the injured woman had blood gushing out of her nose, and added that she saw broken glass scattered throughout the living room and a broken record player in the kitchen.

When Holt walked through the residence he found bloody toilet paper in waste baskets in the front room and bathroom and holes in the bathroom door and trim that was broken from the door. He discovered the broken record player and although the glass had already been picked up and put into a plastic bag he located a few pieces in the living room.

George is charged with domestic battery, a class A misdemeanor, and strangulation, a class D felony. Bond was set at $5,000 with an optional amount of $500 (10%).

 

Grant Season for the Local Coordinating Council Opens in December

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With the current year’s closure, comes another grant application season for the Local Coordinating Council of the Greene County Substance Abuse Task Force.

“We would like to see more organizations participate, but we’re not sure if local organizations know who we are,” explained Nicole Noel, who serves as the LCC Greene County contact and the director of Greene County Drug and Alcohol Court Services.

The LCC of Greene County is the planning and coordinating entity for addressing alcohol and other substance abuse problems within the county – with membership that includes volunteers across a wide variety of local organizations such as education services, social services, law enforcement, and treatment assistance.

“The grant process starts in December… During this time, organizations can submit grant applications to us. We award based on our comprehensive plan and how much money we have,” Noel added. “Anybody can apply as long as they focus on one of the three problem statements identified in the LCC comprehensive plan.”

The Middle Way House, Hamilton Center, Operation Medicine Cabinet, Greene Academy, and the Bloomfield Police Department, among other local organizations are all past recipients of LCC grant awards.

Grant applications will be available after Dec. 1 with applications due by Dec. 31.

“[Grant] applicants are then required to attend the annual meeting on Jan. 27 and present what they are requesting,” Noel noted.

Applications are available by email directed to Nicole.Noel@co.greene.in.us .

The Greene County LCC Comprehensive Community Plan identifies the following three problem statements: Youth in Greene County are in need of treatment, education, and/or prevention services for substance-abuse related issues; Adults in Greene County are in need of treatment, education, and/or prevention services for substance-abuse related issues; There are no formal-evidence-based mentoring programs in Greene County for youth and /or families that support positive solutions to challenging situations.

The Greene County LCC was created by the governor’s commission to help spread substance abuse education throughout the county. Its mission is to create, coordinate, and proactively promote local efforts to prevent the use or reduce the effects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs among the citizens of the county.

 

 

 

Bedford Man Killed in Traffic Accident in Greene County

Photo by Daryn Lewellyn

David W. Roberts, of Bedford, died in a traffic accident late Wednesday night on East State Road 54, west of Harv-Wright Road.

Greene County Coroner Sherri Wilson said Roberts, 31, was on his way home from his job at Metal Technologies in Bloomfield when the single-vehicle accident occurred.

Roberts was alone in the vehicle.

According to the investigating officer, Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Harvey Holt, Roberts was not wearing a seat belt and his airbags did deploy.

Deputy Davis Aerne, Bloomfield Police Department Chief Deputy Jeremy Inman, Greene County Ambulance Service, Richland Fire Department, & Center Fire Department assisted.