Updated: State Road 45 in Monroe and Brown Counties to Close Again

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Update: 2:11 p.m. 

State Road 45 from the Monroe/Brown County line to just south of Tulip Tree Road in Brown County will be closed for approximately the next hour to allow crews to remove an INDOT truck that crashed there earlier this morning.

The road will be opened as soon as possible.

The Indiana State Police continue to monitor the latest winter weather.  For more information, visit them online.

Update: 10:31 a.m.

SR 45 from New Unionville in Monroe County to Trevlac in Brown County is now open. It had previously been closed due to severe icy conditions and several slide-offs.

The Indiana State Police Situational Awareness page is now available.

Original Post: 8:39 a.m.

Unionville (Monroe County) – A ten mile stretch of State Road 45 is now closed from New Unionville in Monroe County to Trevlac in Brown County. The closure is due to icy road conditions and a crash in the area.

Indiana State Police along with the Brown County Sheriff’s Department are re-routing traffic at this time.

Updates will follow as more information becomes available.

 

Indiana State Police, Linton PD Respond to Suicidal Subject, Death Investigation

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Linton – Officers from the Indiana State Police, Linton Police Department, and the Greene County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call of a suicidal subject last night just after 6 p.m. at 420 “J” Street Southwest in Linton. Upon the officers arrival they encountered James Jarman, 48, on the back porch of the residence with a handgun that he would not relinquish.

As officers began to negotiate with Jarman, a conflict ensued and shots were fired. Jarman was pronounced dead at the scene. Family has been notified.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

No further information will be available until that time.

Indiana State Police, Linton Police Department Seize over 700 Grams of Synthetic Drugs

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A drug investigation by ISP Trooper Richard Klun and members of the Linton Police Department led the Greene Superior Court to issue a search warrant early Wednesday morning for a residence located at 11th Street Northwest in Linton. Trooper Klun, along with the Linton Police Department, the Jasonville Police Department, the Worthington Police Department and the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, served the warrant, which revealed more information and evidence in the case.

A search of the residence revealed numerous items of drug paraphernalia and more than 700 grams of synthetic drugs or a synthetic drug lookalike substance. Also located in the residence were schedule II pills, multiple digital scales, packaging material, latex gloves, numerous smoking devices, other controlled prescription substances and a significant amount of US currency, which is suspected gains of illegal transactions.

Linton residents Robert Ceol, 31, and Brooke Hamoel, 20, were arrested.

Ceol faces preliminary charges of:

  • Dealing in a synthetic drug
  • Possession of a schedule II controlled substance
  • Possession of a schedule III controlled substance
  • Maintaining a common nuisance
  • Possession of a synthetic drug
  • Possession of paraphernalia

Hamoel faces preliminary charges of:

  • Dealing in a synthetic drug
  • Maintaining a common nuisance
  • Possession of a synthetic drug
  • Possession of paraphernalia

Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to contact the Indiana State Police at the Bloomington Post at 1-812-332-4411 or 1-800-423-1286. Your information can remain confidential.

Multiple Crashes and Slide Offs Along I-70

The Indiana State Police Putnamville District is currently working multiple crashes and slide-offs on I-70 near the 26 mile marker, both eastbound and westbound, and farther east to the 42 mile marker.

No serious injuries are reported. There has mostly been property damage and very minor injuries.

I-70 is open, but traffic is slow in the area. Please use caution.

Worthington Man Facing Drug Charges

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A warrant for Ronald A. Bays, 27, was issued on Wednesday. Bays was taken into custody for alleged possession of marijuana with a prior conviction, a class D felony, and maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony.

The charges stem from an incident on November 1 of last year, when Linton Police Officer Nick Yingling stopped a car because of possible illegal window tint. Indiana State Police Trooper Richard Klun and Linton K9 Handler Tom Jerrels and his K9 partner, Charlie, were also on scene.

According to a probable cause affidavit, while Yingling conducted the normal business of the traffic stop, Jerrels and Charlie conducted a free air sniff around the vehicle and Charlie alerted to controlled narcotics within the car.

Bays allegedly refused to consent to a search of his vehicle, and Yingling informed Klun that he spontaneously uttered that he had a joint under his driver’s side floor mat. Klun stated that he then handcuffed Bays and asked him if he had any contraband in his vehicle, which he denied. Klun then informed Bays that he was lying and had just told another officer there was a joint in his car.

Klun said in the court document that Bays then indicated that clearly it would be better to just tell the truth, and informed him that there was a bag with marijuana in the center console.

Officers reportedly recovered paraphernalia and 109.2 grams of a green plant-like material that field-tested positive for marijuana.

Klun took Bays to the LPD for a recorded interview, and Bays allegedly admitted to possessing over 30 grams of marijuana with plans to sell about one ounce and keep the rest for himself. Klun said Bays stated that he had just picked up the marijuana that day and was heading home when he was stopped.

Bays’ bond was set at $8,000 with an optional amount of $800 (ten percent) and he was released from the Greene County Jail on Thursday.

Sullivan Man Airlifted After Stabbing–Suspect In Custody

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Monday evening at 10:40, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting an alleged stabbing at 635 North Broad Street in Sullivan. Indiana State Police and multiple Sullivan County emergency agencies responded to the scene.

Preliminary investigation revealed a small number of acquaintances had gathered at the Broad Street home. During the gathering, and for reasons not yet known to law enforcement, a fight broke out between the homeowner and one of the attendees. As the physical confrontation progressed, the homeowner is believed to have been stabbed multiple times with a pocket-sized knife.

Bruce E. Adams, age 56, was transported to Sullivan County Community Hospital and later airlifted to Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis for treatment of potentially serious to life threatening injuries.

William R. Grimes, age 28, of Merom, Indiana is preliminarily charged with attempted murder and battery with a deadly weapon.  Grimes is being held in the Sullivan County Jail.

Investigators worked into the early morning hours of Tuesday, processing the scene and interviewing various persons. The investigation is still ongoing and more information may be released at a later time.

The lead investigator is ISP Detective Mike Taylor. Assisting were ISP Crime Scene Investigator Sergeant Kris Fitzgerald, Trooper Erik Smith, Sullivan Police and Fire Departments, Sullivan EMS, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and the Sullivan County Prosecutor’s Office.

 

Odon Woman Charged with Residential Entry, Disorderly Conduct

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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.

Updated: Two Women Accused of Criminal Confinement, Battery Now in Custody

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Update:

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.

 

Unsafe Driving Causes Crashes During Winter Weather

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Indiana’s next blast of winter weather is upon us. Warnings about hazardous driving conditions will be issued by city, county and state law enforcement as well as by local and national media. Many will heed the warnings. Many more will ignore the warnings. With another major storm approaching, the Indiana State Police, again, remind motorists to limit travel when possible. If travel is not necessary, then stay home. Most calls for service received by the Indiana State Police and other police agencies during winter storms are for crashes and motorists that slide off state roads and interstates. It is important to remember that snow and ice-covered roads do not cause crashes. The crashes are caused by unsafe driving on the snow and ice-covered roadway.

If you choose to drive during poor or hazardous driving conditions you must:

1. Leave sooner and expect your travel time to be twice as long as normal
2. Drive slower
3. Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you by at least five times greater than normal
4. Approach intersections with great care; other drivers not paying attention will slide through red lights
5. Signal all lane changes and turning movements

The posted speed limit may be more than twice as fast as the reduced speed drivers should travel to reduce the possibility of a collision or loss of control that puts a vehicle into a retaining wall, ditch or another motorist. Indiana code 9-21-5-1 specifies “Speed shall be restricted as necessary to avoid colliding with a person, vehicle, or other conveyance on, near or entering a highway.” Motorists losing control of their vehicle or who are involved in a crash resulting in a police report should expect to be cited for this offense, which carries a maximum fine of $500.

If you are involved in a crash, are uninjured and all vehicles are drivable, involved drivers should move to a safe place completely off the road, be it the next exit or to the parking lot of a business to await law enforcement response for a police report. It is important to remember crashes involving injury or lane blockage receive priority attention ahead of property damage crashes. So, keep in mind, it may be an extended period of time before law enforcement arrives. The reason and purpose for moving drivable vehicles off the road is to avoid secondary crashes of other inattentive motorists crashing into your scene or sideswiping you if you’ve only moved to the side of the road.

Something else to keep in mind, crash scenes with vehicles disabled in the roadway and state police presence may have the state police vehicle facing the wrong way with emergency lights and headlights on. This is to warn approaching motorists of impending danger.

Remember, Indiana’s Move Over Law states motorists MUST change lanes away from the emergency or utility vehicle if they can do it SAFELY. If not possible to move away from the emergency vehicle, motorists must SLOW DOWN and proceed with caution. Please give us room to work. We are asking motorists to SLOW DOWN and/or MOVE OVER WHEN SAFE TO DO SO.

Vehicles included in the Move Over law are:
• Police vehicles
• Ambulances
• Fire trucks and rescue equipment
• Highway incident-response vehicles
• Highway work vehicles-including snow plows
• Vehicle recovery equipment (tow trucks)

The point of not calling police agencies for road information during snow emergencies cannot be overstressed. Calling police departments about road conditions may delay action on critical life emergency 911 calls. Road conditions are likely the same for the area you want to know about as it is looking out your front window.

Citizens calling state police facilities to ask for road conditions will be directed to either call the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Road and Weather automated system at 800-262-7623 or visit the INDOT traffic map at http://indot.carsprogram.org/main.jsf. The 800 phone service is voice activated and updated with timely road conditions across Indiana. The INDOT web link allows users to check on specific locations for current closures and other road information.

For Indiana County Travel Status Reports, visit this link:http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory.

Guns, Drugs Lead to Criminal Charges in Lyons

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As part of an ongoing, multi-agency criminal investigation by the Linton Police Department, the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, and the Lyons Police Department, a search warrant was issued on Monday for the residence of Jonathan K. Quillen, 27, of Lyons.

Officers seized 19 bags of what they believe to be marijuana, numerous bags of various types of prescription pills, digital scales, and ledgers.

According to an LPD news release, there were also three loaded handguns at the residence, two of which were determined to be stolen.

Quillen was not at the residence when the search warrant was executed, but Linton Detective Sergeant Josh Goodman and Lyons Marshal Ron Sparks found him hiding at a different residence later on Monday. Quillen was arrested and booked into the Greene County Jail.

Information from the Crime Stoppers Tip Line helped lead to this arrest.

Quillen is preliminarily charged with two counts of dealing in a schedule II controlled substance, a class B felony, two counts of dealing in a schedule IV controlled substance, a class C felony, and one count each possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana over 30 grams, receiving stolen property, and maintaining a common nuisance, all class D felonies.

This investigation is ongoing, and Investigating Officer Goodman has been assisted by Sparks, Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Harvey Holt, and members of the Greene County Drug Task Force including the Jasonville Police Department and Indiana State Police.

 

 

ISP Releases Clandestine Lab Results for 2013

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The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section has released the state-wide law enforcement clandestine lab seizure incidents reported for 2013.

To view the statistics for lab seizures, children affected, arrests, injuries, and lab types, go to the Indiana State Police meth website at www.meth.in.gov and click on the “statistics” link on the left. The website provides information from 2000 through 2013, so a historical perspective is provided. Additionally, a map has been added to illustrate the total number of meth labs reported by law enforcement in each county from 2001 through 2013.

The information includes ISP lab seizures as well as lab seizure incidents from other police agencies reported to ISP.

Eight Indiana State Police personnel were initially certified to begin processing meth lab crime scenes in 1991. The Indiana State Police began organizing and planning the Methamphetamine Suppression Section (MSS) in 2005 when the first restrictions were placed on the purchase of products containing pseudoephedrine (PSE) and ephedrine, which are precursor drugs used in the manufacture of methamphetamine found in over the counter cold remedies. Since that time, additional restrictions have been placed on the sale and purchase of PSE products.

However, lab seizures have continued to rise to the point that based on information received from other states, Indiana will be first in the country in clandestine lab incidents for 2013. Currently, MSS consists of nineteen sworn personnel who are tasked with the full-time responsibility to investigate, educate, and partner with other law enforcement agencies and stakeholders to assist all communities in Indiana with combating the growing epidemic of the local manufacture of methamphetamine.

Report suspected meth activity anonymously online at www.meth.in.gov or by calling the Meth Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756.

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.

 

Jasonville Man Jailed after Undercover Investigation

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William J. Mondary, 76, of Jasonville, faces preliminary charges of five counts of child exploitation, a class C felony, and five counts of possession of child pornography, a class D felony.

In September of 2011, Detective Stephen Benner of the Kenton County Police Department in Independence, Kentucky initiated an online investigation with the undercover persona of a 15-year-old girl. Mondary allegedly emailed Benner’s persona, and later initiated the first of many private chat conversations via Yahoo Messenger.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Benner stated that Mondary then set the tone for future chats, including initiating conversations about sex and commenting on liking girls between the ages of 12 and 18. During their first online conversation, Mondary allegedly sent 11 images to Benner, including a sexually explicit picture of a man and images of young females engaging in actual or simulated sexual acts with men and women.

Benner determined Mondary’s identify in various ways including using information Mondary shared about himself and from his Facebook account, and by viewing Mondary’s driver’s license photograph after he appeared on webcam on multiple occasions.

The chats between Benner, posing as a minor girl, and Mondary were broken into two time frames, one starting in September of 2011 and ending in November of 2011 and the other starting in July of 2013. In the court document, the most recent communication between the two was listed as November 9 of 2013.

Conversations between Benner and Mondary generated about 150 pages of chat logs.

On August 4, 2013, Mondary allegedly told Benner he has had sexual contact with minors.

As of September 1, 2013, Benner said he had received 239 images and 21 videos from Mondary. He believes that about 168 images and 11 videos depicted nude girls engaging in actual or simulated sexual activity.

Benner contacted Detective Sergeant Christopher Cecil, with the Indiana State Police Cyber Crime Unit, on July 25, 2013, and asked for his assistance with the investigation. Cecil concluded that many of the media files he reviewed depicted child pornography.

After Cecil used the IP address of the person who had been chatting with Benner to allegedly confirm Mondary’s identity and location, Ryan Barrett of the Federal Bureau of Investigation received a federal search warrant for Mondary’s residence in Jasonville on January 13, 2014.

On January 15, ISP Master Trooper Detective Kevin Getz, along with members of ISP, the FBI, and the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed the warrant and interviewed Mondary.

Mondary reportedly admitted using Yahoo Email and Yahoo Messenger to receive and share child pornography, as well as possessing about 200 to 300 images of child pornography and fewer than 100 videos. He stated that he preferred to view child pornography that depicted children between the ages of eight and 14 and said he did not see anything wrong with viewing or possessing child pornography because he was not harming the children. He added that he saw nothing wrong with having a sexual relationship with a child who was eight years of age if the child was in love with him.

During the execution of the search warrant, officers found about 12 videos and around 300 images that depicted children in various sexual acts and poses. Some of these children were as young as toddlers, and some were known child victims identified by law enforcement and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

According to the Indiana State Police, further charges may be pending.

Greene County Man Facing Several Felony Charges Following Child Pornography Task Force Investigation

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Jasonville (Greene County) – On Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. members of the Indiana State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICACTF) executed a child pornography related search warrant at the home of William J. Mondary, 408 South Park Avenue, Jasonville.

The search warrant came following a lengthy investigation lead by Sgt. Chris Cecil, of the Indiana State Police and an investigator from the Kentucky ICACTF who had initiated the undercover investigation.

Computer forensic examiners found hundreds of media files which depicted children as young as toddlers engaging in sexual acts or sexually suggestive posing. As a result of the investigation, William J. Mondary, age 76, was arrested on five counts of Felony Possession of Child Pornography and five counts of Child Exploitation.

Further charges may be pending. Mondary was incarcerated at the Greene County Jail.

DNA Analysis Leads to Arrest of Burglary Suspect

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DNA analysis of blood stains found at a burglary scene nearly a year ago has led to the arrest of a suspect in the crime.

On January 29, 2013, the Greene County Sheriff’s Department learned of a break-in at a home in Springville. The burglar gained entrance by breaking the glass panel out of a door in the kitchen area.

The resident reported that he had about $20 worth of loose change on the kitchen countertop and prescription Loritab in the cabinet directly above the countertop. The change and medication were the only items taken from the home.

Detective James O’Malley found what appeared to be two small bloodstains near the countertop and another on the curtain that covered the shattered entry door. Samples of the stains were sent to the Indiana State Police Evansville Lab for DNA analysis.

The sheriff’s department received a Certificate of Analysis on December 23rd, which stated that the DNA profile from the stain on the window curtain was found to be consistent with the convicted offender sample from 20-year-old Billy D. Mills, of Bedford. A warrant for his arrest was issued on January 8 of this year, and Mills was booked into the Greene County Jail the same day.

Mills is charged with burglary, a class B felony, and theft, a class D felony.

Two Warrants Served On Bloomfield Man at Allen’s Motel

Monday night, officers from the Linton Police Department and an Indiana State Police trooper served two separate arrest warrants on a Bloomfield man staying at Allen’s Motel.

According to a release from the LPD, officers were made aware of 31-year-old Nathan P. Michael’s location, and that he was wanted on two warrants out of Greene County– one criminal and one civil.

The criminal warrant was for a petition to revoke a suspended sentence on an original charge of dealing a controlled substance. The civil warrant was a writ of attachment.

Officer Paul Clark was the investigating officer, assisted by Sergeant Chad Crynes, Officer Thomas Jerrels, and ISP Trooper Richard Klun.

 

Statewide Travel Conditions­/­Road and Weather Update

Motorists should evaluate the need to travel anywhere in the state over the next couple of days as temperatures have fallen below zero. Add wind to the extremely frigid temperatures and wind chills are forecast to reach anywhere from 30 to 40 below zero at times with blowing snow and blizzard like conditions.

As of 8:00 this morning, although the snowfall has tapered off to mostly flurries across the state, most of Indiana is snow covered with the heaviest accumulations in northern Indiana. The following is a list of roads currently closed:

• I-80/94 east and westbound from U.S. 421 (34 mile marker) to the Illinois State Line (0 mile marker)

• I-65 north and southbound from State Road 26 (172 mile marker) to U.S. 30 (253 mile marker); and

• US 35/SR 22 in Howard County is closed from US 31 E to SR 13 in Grant County

Road conditions in central Indiana remain hazardous as INDOT crews have been out around the clock statewide working to keep roads passable.

Road conditions are only slightly better throughout southern Indiana where snow accumulations were less than in the central and northern parts of the state. However, there are still many areas where snow and ice conditions make for very hazardous travel.

The Indiana State Police advise travel in counties under a red travel advisory should only be for emergency purposes. To see the current travel status in your county, click here. Travel in these counties is extremely hazardous and should be avoided unless there is a life threatening emergency that requires the need to travel.

State of Emergency for Areas of Interstate I-65 and I-80­/­94 – Portions of Interstate Closed

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The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Indiana State Police have mutually determined the following interstates are impassable as the result of the ongoing winter snow storm:

• I-65 north and southbound from State Road 26 (172 mile marker) to U.S. 30 (253 mile marker); and

• I-80/94 east and westbound from U.S. 421 (34 mile marker) to the Illinois State Line (0 mile marker)

This action has been taken in the interest of public safety to preserve life and property. Based on this joint assessment, the Indiana State Police, with assistance from the Indiana National Guard, are assisting stranded motorists. Motorists forced to abandon their vehicle will be transported to places of shelter.

Once closed, persons that choose to ignore the notice and attempt to travel on the affected portions of the interstate do so at their own risk. Deliberate disregard of this notice places the motorist and all occupants of the vehicle at risk of serious injury or death. It also jeopardizes the safety of public safety personnel who engage in rescue efforts of stranded motorists.

With portions of the interstate closed, INDOT resources will be able to take aggressive action to clear entry and exit ramps as well as the main line of the interstate. It is not possible to estimate when the interstate will be reopened, as it will be weather and condition dependent. It is reasonable to expect the interstate will not reopen the rest of January 5th. Updates on the status of the closed portions of the interstate system will be made starting the morning of January 6, 2014. Citizens should tune to local media for future updates.

People living in the affected areas are urged to stay home and avoid travel unless there is a life threatening emergency that necessitates travel. Indiana residents residing in areas around and south of the affected closed interstate should postpone travel plans to the affected areas as local roads are also in poor condition.

Instructions:

Do not travel on designated portions of I-65 and I-80/94 that have been closed the result of the winter storm

 

ISP: Don’t Get Stuck on Closed Roads

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Motorists are strongly encouraged to take steps to avoid getting stuck when crashes or snow drifts close Hoosier roads. With snow falling at a rate of an inch or more per hour, to be followed by blowing and drifting snow, your vehicle may not be able to move once the road is reopened. If it is safe to do so, drivers are urged to turn around or find an alternate route to the closest safe shelter.

The Indiana Department of Transportation has a full deployment of yellow trucks plowing and treating the interstates, U.S. highways and state routes in the hardest hit portions of Indiana. While the trucks are effective in plowing accumulating and drifting snow, drivers need to do their part to keep the roads open so the plow trucks can do their job. INDOT’s trucks cannot plow through parked or stopped vehicles.

Governor Mike Pence has activated 24 Highway Assistance Teams with the Indiana National Guard, consisting of 96 individuals, to rescue stranded motorists and assist local EMS in reaching individuals who need medical attention. Each team has four individuals and two vehicles.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to not put themselves, local emergency medical services, the National Guard or other public safety professionals in harm’s way. Please listen to and follow county travel advisories to stay off the roads, both during the storm and during the blowing and drifting predicted to follow the storm.

The Indiana State Police and other law enforcement agencies encourage the public to keep phone lines open for emergencies. Road conditions are available at indot.carsprogram.org or by dialing toll-free 800-261-ROAD (7623). For up-to-date county travel statuses, Hoosiers are encouraged to visit in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory.

For the latest information from the Indiana State Police on the winter storm, visit in.gov/isp/3096.htm. This page reads and flows like a blog page. This will continue to be updated for the duration of the storm over the next few days.

Updated: Jasonville Police Identify Body of 25-Year-Old Male

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Update:

The Jasonville Police Department has identified the body of the 25-year-old male found early on the morning of New Year’s Day as Joshua A. Ray of Jasonville.

The Jasonville Police are still asking that anyone who may have any information in regards to this investigation contact the Greene County Crime Stoppers at 812-847-5463. All callers are anonymous and a cash reward is offered for any information that leads to an arrest.

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Jasonville police confirm that at approximately 12:55 a.m. on Wednesday the body of a 25-year-old male was discovered in the city of Jasonville. Jasonville officers are currently working on leads, with assistance from Indiana State Police detectives.

If you have any information in regards to the investigation, please contact Greene County Crime Stoppers at 812-847-5463.  All callers are anonymous and a cash reward is offered for any information that leads to an arrest.

The police will issue updates as the investigation continues.

The B-Roll, December 29, 2013-January 4, 2014

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Linton Fire Chief Advises Locals to Prepare for Bitter Cold

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The National Weather Service (NWS) in Indianapolis is warning that a significant winter storm is possible this Sunday. In central Indiana, they believe the snow will start Saturday night and lead to heavy accumulations in some areas by late Sunday.

The snow is expected to diminish Sunday evening, and the NWS is predicting bitter cold air across Greene County by Monday. The combination of temperatures as low as 15 below and strong winds may produce wind chills of 30 to 35 below on Monday and Tuesday.

Linton Fire Chief Brad Sparks said everyone should be prepared for this bitter cold. He recommended making sure your furnace is in working order and noted that while it is a good idea to have another heat source as a backup, you need to make sure you keep safety in mind.

“Don’t overload sockets with other heat sources,” Sparks cautioned, adding that electrical overloads can cause fires.

“You can prepare by stocking up on groceries and preparing to stay indoors for two or three days. If you don’t have to get out in it, don’t get out in it,” he urged. “People need to remember those around them, too. If you have elderly people living close to you, then check on them every once in a while.”

Sparks also pointed out that you need to be prepared to stay warm in your vehicle as well as in your home, since Greene County is expecting the type of weather that could cause hypothermia very quickly.

“If you get in your vehicle and you have a quarter tank of fuel and know you’ll be travelling, you should fuel it up. Keep some extra blankets and extra clothes on you and maybe even some sort of heat source you could plug in. If you get stuck and run out of gas, that way you can still keep warm. They have those Little Buddy Heaters that can help with that,” he explained.

Sparks encouraged motorists to make sure their vehicles are serviced, as well as stocked with emergency items, since it can be hard for emergency personnel to quickly get to everyone who needs help in the kind of weather that is predicted for the area.

He added that everyone should make sure outdoor pets have plenty of bedding, food, and fresh water.

You may view more winter driving tips from the Indiana State Police here.

ISP Releases Details of Tractor-Trailer Crash

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This morning at 10:38, Indiana State Police troopers and Sullivan County emergency agencies responded to a 911 call reporting a tractor-trailer had crashed into the Coal Miner Café in the town of Dugger.

Preliminary investigation revealed a blue, 2002 Kenworth tractor pulling an empty coal hauling trailer and driven by 63-year-old Gary Nash of Sullivan, IN., was eastbound on State Road 54 and turned south onto State Road 159. The tractor-trailer traveled approximately 100 feet south and suddenly veered to the right traveling off the west edge of the roadway and striking the café. The tractor-trailer was operating under the name of Ajax Trucking from Sullivan.

Gary Nash was transported to Sullivan County Community Hospital for further investigation into the possibility that a medical episode may have contributed to the crash. There were no early indications of defects found with the tractor-trailer combination after an on-scene inspection by troopers. No citations were issued to Nash and drugs and/or alcohol were not a factor.

The injured café patrons were Madge Booker, age 81, of Sullivan, and Gloria Bixler, age 66, of Dugger. Both were treated for complaints of pain at Sullivan County Community Hospital.

The crash was investigated by ISP Trooper Tyler Van Ness. Assisting were ISP Trooper Brent Robinson, Dugger Town Marshal Dave Heaton, Dugger Fire/Rescue, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and Sullivan County EMS.

 

30-Year-Old Accused of Molesting a Child

Aaron Morgan

Linton resident Aaron M. Morgan was arrested Sunday on a warrant for child molesting, a class C felony.

Sergeant Chad Crynes, of the Linton Police Department, took Morgan into custody without incident after receiving information about the suspect’s whereabouts.

Morgan is accused of inappropriately touching a 10-year-old girl in September. According to a probable cause affidavit, Morgan was the live-in boyfriend of the girl’s babysitter.

The child’s mother told Jasonville Police Department Officer James Gadberry that she became concerned when the girl told the landlord that Morgan had touched her inappropriately and the landlord then brought the incident to her attention. The mother said that on around the 11th day of September she was scheduled to work and the babysitter also got called into work, leaving Morgan to watch the kids.

The child told Gadberry that she had been in bed when Morgan asked if she wanted to snuggle. Morgan allegedly added that she could snuggle with the family dog, too, despite the fact that the dog was not normally allowed to sleep with the kids. The girl said she went into the living room with Morgan and lay down on a futon bed with him.

She stated that he eventually kissed her cheek and then put his hand inside her shorts.

She told Gadberry that after Morgan touched her she got scared and ran back to her bed and stuck her face in her pillow and went to sleep.

On September 23rd, Gadberry interviewed Morgan at the Jasonville Police Department. Morgan acknowledged that he was babysitting the kids on the night in question but said he had no idea why he was being accused of touching the 10-year-old, reportedly telling Gadberry that he knew better than to put himself in a position of being accused of anything.

Gadberry asked if he had ever been accused of anything like this before, and according to the court document Morgan said that when he was 17 he was accused of “tickling too low” one of two young girls that were at his mom’s house.

On October 1st, Morgan took a polygraph test and, during the test, continued to deny the allegation. Qualified polygraph examiner Sergeant Dan Gress, of the Indiana State Police, believed that Morgan was not being truthful when asked about touching the child inappropriately.

Morgan failed to show up for three interviews scheduled for October, and when he met with Gadberry on October 24th he said he thought he needed to consult with an attorney. As of December 11th, Gadberry had not heard from him again, and a warrant was issued for his arrest on December 18th.

Morgan is being held without bail or bond.

 

Three Linton Residents Arrested on Multiple Controlled Substance Charges Related to Methamphetamine

Raul Sepulveda, Jr.

Editor’s Note: According to a booking summary report from the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, both Raul Sepulveda, Jr. and Christie Rupp are Bloomfield residents.  

A cooperative investigation between the Indiana State Police and the Linton Police Department resulted in the arrest of Raul Sepulveda Jr,33, Brandy Bailey, 36, and Christie Rupp, 30, all of Linton. All three were arrested in regards to Controlled Substance charges relating to methamphetamine.

Trooper Richard Klun, of the Indiana State Police, was assisted during the investigation by the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team, Linton Detective Sergeant Joshua Goodman and Officer Jason Wilson. Trooper Klun was also assisted by the Jasonville Police Department, the Worthington Police Department and the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team.

Trooper Klun received information that Sepulveda, Bailey and Rupp had been involved in the purchase of precursors in regards to the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Trooper Klun conducted a follow up investigation in which he and Troopers from the Meth Suppression Team gathered evidence to support probable cause that manufacturing of methamphetamine was occurring from the residence on North West 11th Street in Linton.

A search warrant was approved by the Greene Superior Court in regards to the probable cause that was provided by the investigating officers.

When the search warrant was executed, officers found numerous items related to the manufacture of methamphetamine including precursors, reagents, equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine and other ingredients used to manufacture meth. They also located a powdery substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Sepulveda, Bailey and Rupp were all transported to, processed and lodged at the Greene County Jail where at the time of their arrest they were being held without bond.

Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Find out more about the preliminary charges the three suspects face here.