CRANE hosts ‘STEM’ science fair


Almost 100 kids from schools in Southern Indiana spent today Wednesday part in a ‘STEM’ (science, technology, engineering and math) science fair.

Hosted by Crane’s Westgate Academy, it gave students an opportunity to apply ‘STEM’ subjects to the real world.

“Well it’s important because I don’t think that students walk away from a typical class day really understanding what those subjects mean, it’s just something in a book, they’re maybe not getting the hands one experience that they need to really grow and develop it into something tangible,” said Melissa Pittman, NSWC Science Fair Lead.

Organizers say it’s a great way keep students engaged in the learning process.

“Students see the Universities are here and then, and then the Universities see the talent that’s out there,” said Tina Closser, NSWC Stem Coordinator.

Among some of the top competitors was Kimber Schnarr.

“I found that my hypothesis was correct, and when the mechanical models bent at acute angles then it will have more stress on it than obtuse angles,” Schnarr said.

This 6th grade student from Jasper proved through math — a theory that showed how people develop stress in the knees.

DOCS: Homicide victim found with 7 gunshot wounds

BLOOMFIELD, Ind. (WTHI) – A Linton man accused in the Sunday shooting death of a Greene County man appeared before a judge via video conference late Wednesday morning.

Aaron Schaffer, 32 of Linton, was officially charged with murder and possession of a handgun without a license. Investigators believe he shot Michael Shan Bowers, 48 of Greene County, five times, leaving seven gunshot wounds on Bowers’ body.

A copy of the probable cause was obtained by News 10 on Wednesday detailing the April 20 incident. In it, the dialogue of a Greene County Sheriff’s Department Detective, pursuing the investigation.

The document reads, Linton Police contacted the Greene County Sheriff’s Office after Aaron Schaffer, 32, of Linton turned himself into police on April 20, around 9:32 pm.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene of the investigation, on County Road 900 West, Northeast of Linton. There, deputies found Stacy Bowers, the victim’s wife, and Dova Lockhart, a brother-in-law of Stacy.

Deputies say the body of Michael Shan Bowers was found in a gravel area behind his home. An autopsy report would later reveal Bowers was shot five times.

Court Documents state that Bowers and Schaffer knew each other through their wives, Stacy Bowers, and Amber Schaffer. Stacy Bowers and Amber Schaffer are noted as sisters in the document.

Amber and Aaron Schaffer, and Stacy and Michael Bowers were attending a family Easter gathering a Reservoir 26 earlier that day. According to a witness statement: “Everyone seemed to be getting along with each other except Shan and Stacy.” Shan is noted in the text as Michael Bowers.

The probable cause notes that Michael Bowers left Reservoir 26 without Stacy; Stacy asked Aaron Schaffer for a ride back to her home. It notes that Schaffer dropped wife Amber off, and continued to take Stacy home; later, Schaffer stopped at a convenience store for cigarettes, and asked Stacy to buy them using his credit card, said police.

During that time period, detectives say, is when the incident occurred. Investigators believe Aaron Schaffer drove to the Bowers’ home and killed Michael Bowers. The court document states Schaffer returned to the convenience store to pick up Stacy Bowers, and admitted to shooting her husband.

He then turned himself into the Linton Police Department.

Aaron Schaffer appeared via video conference before a judge Wednesday where he was charged with murder and carrying a handgun without a license. Schaffer is scheduled for his next court proceeding in September.

 

 

 

New details possible in Greene County murder case

GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – The Greene County Clerk’s Office told News 10 Aaron Schaffer, 32 of Linton, would likely not appear in court Tuesday morning, as the judges were taking part in a conference.

It was not immediately known when Schaffer would make his first court appearance.

STORY | Officials arrest Linton man on murder charge

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office was expected to have new information to release to the public Tuesday.

News 10 will have that information as soon as its available.

Indiana unemployment drops again


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says the state’s unemployment rate is now down to 5.9 percent, it’s lowest point since July of 2008. 

Indiana’s biggest jobs gains come in manufacturing, especially jobs related to the auto industry.  There’s been a lot of talk at the statehouse about how recent policies and legislation have made Indiana more business friendly. 

Indiana State University economist, Robert Guell, said the results we see today don’t come from recent policies but rather from years of sound decision-making.

“The consistent work across both parties and across multiple governors.  That is essentially where Indiana is,’ said Guell.

Knox and Daviess counties rank in the bottom four in the state with rates below 5%.  Greene, Clay, Parke and Sullivan are in the top 25, but have rates below 8%.  Vigo County is 8th with 8.1%.  Vermillion County has the highest unemployment in the state at nearly 10%.

“The things we thought we struck gold with have not turned out quite as golden as we thought they would be,” said Guell.

Guell says part Vigo County’s manufacturing is tied to housing, which has hurt.  Certainteed closed its plant, and Boral Brick is underutilized.  And then there’s Sony DADC, whose blu-ray disc won the movie disc war, but rapidly declining sales forced layoffs with more possible.

Casey’s General Stores plans to open a distribution center in Vigo County.  This will create at least 150 new jobs.  Local leaders hope this announcement will lead to further economic development in the area.

Officials arrest Linton man on murder charge

GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) -Update:

The Greene County Clerk’s Office told News 10 Aaron Schaffer, 32, of Linton would likely not appear in court Tuesday morning, as the judges were taking part in a conference. It was not immediately known when Schaffer would make his first court appearance.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office was expected to have new information to release to the public Tuesday.

News 10 will have that information as soon as its available.

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Greene County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a man Monday in connection with a shooting death that happened Sunday just outside of Linton, Ind.

Investigators took into custody, Aaron Schaffer, 32, of Linton early Monday.

The arrest came following a Sunday night shooting that left Michael Bowers dead.

Authorities responded to a home on County Road 900 West, northeast of Linton Sunday.

It was not immediately clear how the men knew each other. “It’s rare here, we have a fairly quiet rural community, we don’t see a lot of this,” said Terry Pierce, Greene County Sheriff. The Sheriff noted this is the county’s first homicide of 2014. He also noted, it’s very uncommon for things like this to happen in remote areas of the county.  “There’s not too many houses around, maybe three or four houses in the area, two or three or four mile area.”

News 10 spoke to a few passersby in the immediate area of County Road 900 West, who stated they did not know the victim or suspect by name and didn’t know if they lived the area.

Investigators Monday were finishing up a probable cause affidavit which would be submitted to the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office. Schaffer, according to officials, would likely appear in a Greene County Courtroom Tuesday. Schaffer is preliminarily charged with murder, and possession of a handgun without a license. News 10 will continue to follow this story.

School sends off teacher to Boston Marathon

Clinton, Ind. (WTHI) – It’s an emotional year for anyone running in the Boston Marathon, but it’s been an emotional day for one runner.

“I’m going to be thinking about it later and probably start crying,” said Toni Bohannon, Special Ed. Assistant at Central Elementary in Clinton.

A surprise party complete with a good luck medal, homemade banners, and custom t-shirts is how central elementary showed they back Bohannon.

“They’re just as excited as I am about going, and making it more excitable for me to get out there,” said Bohannon.

“I’m just excited for our school because it’s such a great place to teach to begin with, but when everybody is on the same page, cheering for the same person it makes it that much better,” added Robin Vukovits, a P.E Teacher at Central.

Bohannon is an avid runner but this will be her first trip to Boston, a once in a lifetime experience not only for her but the students.

“The kids can see that they were a part of history. I mean they may not be able to go and be there but someone is that they actually knew,” said Vukovits. “They just associate me with Boston, so that’s going to be a memory in itself for them for a long time,” said Bohannon.

Come Monday it’s going to be more than Bohannon’s training that carries her across the finish line. “If I’m going really slow across it it’s because I’ve got the whole Central School on my back going across the finish line with me,” said Bohannon.

She’s excited to share her experience with the students after she returns from Boston.

Investigation on-going in Vermillion Co. shooting

VERMILLION COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – In a News 10 follow-up: Vermillion County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating a shooting that happened on the afternoon of April 5 just south of Clinton.

Officials reported William Dowell was shot at the Roskavensky Gravel Pit around 5 p.m.

STORY | One man shot in Vermillion County shooting

The Vermillion County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Indiana State Police and Vermillion County Prosecutor’s Office have not arrested anyone at this time, but no one has been cleared either.

They will continue to investigate every avenue and piece of evidence as they become available.

Arrest made in Greene County after standoff

GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – The Greene County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call just after 8:30 Thursday night in regards to a female subject being held against her will.

Officers responded to 11528 E. Chapel Road in Solsberry and witnessed Jerry Joe Deckard, 53, retrieve a shotgun from a table on the porch.

Deckard refused to give up his weapon and instead went back inside the home with the shotgun. Officials stated when Deckard started to re-enter the home, the female attempted to leave only to be physically forced back inside.

Just a few minutes later the female exited and was taken to cover and interviewed by a detective on the scene. During the interview she stated she had informed Deckard she wanted to leave and had called someone to come and get her.

That is when she said Deckard became angry and physically hurt her by throwing her to the ground, hitting her as well as preventing her from leaving the home.

She also stated when her ride got there, Deckard shot his shotgun directly towards the county road striking a cement birdbath. He also pointed the shotgun at the vehicle and yelled he would shoot them if they didn’t leave.

Officers made several attempts to contact Deckard but he refused to answer his phone or respond to verbal commands.

Finally, Deckard allowed a detective to enter the home and speak with him – two officers were requested to stand-by to enter the residence and assist him.

The two officers entered the house through a locked door and after a brief physical contact with Deckard, a Taser was used and he was placed in restraints.

Deckard is being held at the Greene County Jail facing charges of criminal recklessness, pointing a firearm, domestic battery, resisting law enforcement and criminal confinement.

Accident on SR 54 claims life of Bloomfield man

GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – A Bloomfield man was killed in an accident Tuesday evening on State Road 54.

Greene County Sheriff’s Department responded to the accident around 9:30 p.m. on State Road 54 just east of County Road 250 W.

Officials report Phillip C. Lash, 26 of Bloomfield, was traveling west on State Road 54 west of Bloomfield when the vehicle left the roadway on the north side of the highway.

Lash’s vehicle struck a culvert and came to rest on its side.

Lash was transported to Greene County General Hospital’s helipad where he was transferred to Air Evac and transported to Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis.

His condition is not known at this time.

The passenger in the vehicle, 42-year-old Michael Joe Abrams of Bloomfield, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Accident on SR 54 claims life of Bloomfield man

GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – A Bloomfield man was killed in an accident Tuesday evening on State Road 54.

Greene County Sheriff’s Department responded to the accident around 9:30 p.m. on State Road 54 just east of County Road 250 W.

Officials report Phillip C. Lash, 26 of Bloomfield, was traveling west on State Road 54 west of Bloomfield when the vehicle left the roadway on the north side of the highway.

Lash’s vehicle struck a culvert and came to rest on its side.

Lash was transported to Greene County General Hospital’s helipad where he was transferred to Air Evac and transported to Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis.

His condition is not known at this time.

The passenger in the vehicle, 42-year-old Michael Joe Abrams of Bloomfield, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Gov. Pence appealing denial of FEMA aid

INDIANA (WTHI) – Governor Mike Pence is making an appeal after the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Indiana’s request for aid for the winter storm on January 5-9.

Pence is requesting public assistance for governments and certain non-profit organizations that would pay for 75 percent of eligible expenses.

Those expenses would pay for damage to roads, bridges, utilities, debris removal, buildings’ contents and equipment, water control facilities, parks and recreational facilities as well as emergency protective measures like traffic control and rescue operations.

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The appeal would cover the following counties:

Allen*, Benton, Blackford*, Boone*, Carroll, Cass, Clay*, Clinton*, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart*, Fountain, Fulton*, Grant*, Hamilton*, Hancock, Hendricks*, Henry, Howard*, Huntington*, Jasper*, Jay, Johnson*, Kosciusko*, LaGrange*, Lake*, LaPorte, Madison*, Marion*, Miami*, Montgomery*, Morgan*, Newton*, Noble*, Owen, Parke*, Putnam*, Rush, Shelby, Sullivan*, Tipton*, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo*, Wabash*, Warren, Wells, White* and Whitley*.

The above counties listed with asterisks were requested to be designated for Snow Assistance.

A Snow Assistance designation would cover all costs associated with snow removal for the 48-hour period with the highest costs.

Linton man arrested after leaving scene of fire

JASONVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) – Jasonville Police Department arrested a Linton man after they saw him leaving the scene of a house fire on Sunday night.

Ryan Powell, 28 of Linton, is accused of setting fire to the outside of a home on North Washington Street in Jasonville late Sunday.

An on duty officer witnessed Powell leaving the scene and getting into a vehicle. As the officer got out of his patrol car the vehicle sped off.

The officer pursued the suspect in the vehicle south on Washington Street, west on Gray Street and stopped at the intersection of Gray and North Park Streets.

Powell got out of the car and informed the officer that the female driving the vehicle had no idea of the fire and that he was the only to blame.

After interviewed, the female driver was released. According to the affidavit, she thought they were going to look at a four-wheeler and that it was kind of late. She stated Powell got out of the vehicle saying he would be right back and the next she knew he came running back to the vehicle yelling for her to go.

Officials state Powell may have had issues with a resident at the home that was set on fire.

Powell is being held at the Greene County Jail.

Motel has DOC contract to house sex offenders

 

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – We have new details involving a local motel where a registered sex offender was arrested.

Police took him into custody following an alleged incident where he lured a 5 year old girl into the room where he was living.

As we reported Wednesday, Terre Haute Police say Timothy Blazier was living at the Econo Lodge fresh off his prison sentence.

We learned he’s not the only sex offender living here, and this motel is contracted with the state to house sex offenders coming off of prison sentences.

Timothy Blazier was convicted of molesting an eight and a three year old in Fountain County back in 2007.  Later, Clinton County also convicted him for failing to register as a sex offender.

Now, he’s in Vigo County’s jail for criminal confinement, and police say the alleged incident happened here at the Econo Lodge.

“A family had got off the interstate and was staying at the hotel, and there was some children out playing in a play area there, and he lured one of the children into his hotel room,” said Clark Cottom, Vigo County’s Chief Deputy.

Police say the girl’s screams led to her escape from Blazier’s room, where police found her pants.

News 10 learned Blazier is not the only registered sex offender staying at this motel.  According to the Indiana Sex Offender Registry, there are currently 13 registered sex offenders living here at the Econo Lodge.  Eight of those sex offenders are listed as sexual violent predators.

The Vigo County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for tracking all sex offenders in the county.  Chief Deputy Clark Cottom told us the Econo Lodge has an agreement with the state department of corrections to house sex offenders coming off prison sentences.

“To our knowledge it’s the only hotel in the State of Indiana that is accepting sex offenders,” Cottom told News 10.

Cottom says the motel fits the requirements for a residence of a registered sex offender.  Mainly, the Econo Lodge is not within 1000 feet of a school or park.  It does welcome visitors to Terre Haute, visitors who most likely wouldn’t think a sex offender would live here, let alone 13.

“Add one more thing to your list that we’re going to have to check now,” recommends Cottom.

Cottom says this is just another reason why it’s a good idea to consistently check the Indiana Sex Offender Registry.  You can even sign up to receive for e-mail alerts, and it’s completely confidential.

To learn more, click here.

Motorists trapped by flood waters in multiple counties

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Emergency crews in three different counties had to help motorists who ended up in flood waters Friday morning.

Around 6 a.m. in Shelby County, a motorist was trapped in water in the Boggstown area by Sugar Creek, near County roads 825 West and 275 North.

There were also situations in Greene and Putnam counties around 8 a.m. In Putnam County near County roads 1200 South and 700 West, a car was swept up in moving flood waters.

Near the Greene/Owen county line at State Road 43 someone drove into flood waters and had to be rescued.

In all cases, emergency crews were able to safely rescue everyone.

Officials warn drivers not to drive into flooded areas.

Indiana denied FEMA aid for Jan. storms

INDIANA (WTHI) – The 49 counties that applied for FEMA assistance from the January severe weather have been denied.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denied Indiana’s request for assistance to governments and certain non profits from the severe winter storm that happened on January 5 through the 9.

The federal grants requested for governments and certain non-profit organizations are under the FEMA designation of public assistance.

Public assistance grants would pay 75 percent of eligible expenses including debris and snow removal, emergency protective measures such as search and rescue and damage to buildings and equipment.

The counties that applied on March 6 include:

Allen, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Clinton, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Fountain, Fulton, Grant, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Huntington, Jasper, Jay, Johnson, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, LaPorte, Madison, Marion, Miami, Montgomery, Morgan, Newton, Noble, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Rush, Shelby, Sullivan, Tipton, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, Wabash, Warren, Wells, White and Whitley.

Indiana plans to appeal the decision.

Accident involving CSX train in Vincennes

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – Vincennes Police Department worked an accident involving a car and a train on Saturday.

Officials report Rhonda Buntain, 58 of Clinton, was traveling south on N 6th street and did not stop for a CSX train near the intersection of 6th and Sycamore Street.

Buntain’s vehicle had to be towed from the scene, but no injuries were reported.

Eight railroad crossings from N 6th Street to North 2nd Street were blocked for about 44 minutes.

The Vincennes Police Department encourages drivers and pedestrians to use caution when approaching rail grade crossings.

Never try to beat a train, take the few extra seconds to stop, look and listen when the warnings are activated.

U.S. Marshals find missing Greene County teen

LOUISVILLE, Kent. (WTHI) – A 13-year old missing from Greene County has been found and returned to family early Thursday after she was found in Louisville, Kent.

Multiple agencies, including the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, were able to successfully reunite the seventh grader with her father in the early morning hours.

The missing juvenile was found with Howard David Estes, 29, in the 2200 block of Deveron Drive in the Shively area of Jefferson County by the U.S. Marshals Western Kentucky Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Estes was taken into custody and charged with custodial interference and unlawful transaction with a minor.

He is scheduled for an arraignment hearing tomorrow in Louisville.

Documents show Irsay battled Rx drug abuse for decades

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) – Colts owner Jim Irsay’s arrest Sunday night on four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance follows a documented history of prescription drug abuse stretching back nearly two decades.

Problems may have begun surfacing decades earlier, however, when Irsay was in college at Southern Methodist University in Texas.

Court records obtained by our sister station WISH-TV show Irsay was arrested in Dallas County, Texas on a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge on January 16, 1979. According to court records, he was later found “not guilty” of the offense by a judge.

But, his battle with substance abuse wasn’t over.

In 2002, Irsay admitted that he had become addicted to painkillers. Several reports show Irsay was first prescribed Vicodin in the 1990s following several different surgeries on a chronic back injury sustained during his football playing days at SMU.

According to reports filed by the Associated Press at the time, Irsay sought substance abuse treatment at least three times, beginning in 1998. AP stories at the time also cited multiple sources who alleged that Irsay overdosed on prescription drugs in both 2000 and 2001.

VIDEO | New video and details: Irsay booked into jail

Then, in 2002, reports surfaced that Irsay was the target of a federal Drug Enforcement Administration probe into prescription drug fraud, along with two Indianapolis-area doctors who were under investigation for prescribing excessive amounts of painkillers.

No charges were ever filed against Irsay in connection with that case.

But, in response to those reports, Irsay did admit for the first time that he had developed a dependence on prescription painkillers.

“After several years of orthopedic operations and procedures, accompanied by long bouts of chronic pain, I became dependent on prescription pain medications,” Irsay wrote in a 2002 statement to the media. “This summer I sought professional help at a nationally recognized facility located outside Indiana. I have successfully dealt with my dependence and my chronic pain issues.”

Addiction specialists say that promise is often hard for addicts to keep.

“By and large, that’s the trend, to where someone needs repeated exposure to education, repeated exposure to therapy, repeated exposure to treatment in order for them to “get it,” and begin to put together, proactively, a lifestyle of recovery,” said Fairbanks Addiction Treatment Center Assistant Director of Adult Services Tobyn Linton.

Still, Irsay seemed to have embraced that recovery.

“It’s a lifelong thing,” he told USA Today in 2007. “It’s something you deal with every day for the rest of your life.”

Linton says that admission is key to recovery.

“It is a lifelong process. People refer to recovery as a journey, and not as a destination. It’s those little days you put together, one day at a time, and then looking back and reflecting now and then,” he said.

Linton said prescription drug abuse has grown quickly in Indiana, outpacing national rates, and has reached across all gender, race and income barriers.

“Addiction knows no bounds. It’s non-discriminatory. It can affect a seemingly well put together person. And, it can affect people who don’t appear on the outside to have their life together. That’s a real myth we try to work against,” he said.

Irsay spoke publicly about his use of drugs and alcohol as a college student and young adult. And, in a 2010 interview with USA Today, he said he had been “clean and sober” since 2002, in part because of his father’s addition to alcohol. Robert Irsay, who moved the Colts to Indianapolis from Baltimore in 1984, died in 1997.

“The alcohol turned him into Jekyll-and-Hyde, and he was a bad Jekyll-and-Hyde drinker,” Irsay said in the story, which was printed shortly before the Colts played in their last Super Bowl. “But, there was a part of him that said ‘I don’t want that to happen to my son.”

More recent public affirmations of sobriety were made on Irsay’s most popular communication medium: Twitter.

“I don’t drink…haven’t in over 15 years,” he wrote in a tweet last October.

Then, in December, he addressed the issue again.

“Sorry to ruin your theories…but I don’t drink…at all,” he tweeted. “I’m allergic to alcohol…I break out in handcuffs if I drink!!!”

Still, if Irsay relapsed into additional prescription drug abuse, experts say it wouldn’t be a unique situation.

“I hesitate to say that there is any sort of usual situation, because we’ve heard of cases where someone will put together 6 years or 15 or 20 years [in sobriety], and for whatever reason, those triggering reasons and external cues come together at the wrong time and wrong place and trigger a relapse,” Linton said. “As a treatment provider, it doesn’t matter how you get to the door. You just have to be willing to accept the help.”

UPDATE: Accident on Interstate 70 involving ambulance


VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Just before 3 p.m. a Sullivan County ambulance was returning from dropping a patient off in Indianapolis.

According to officials, the ambulance was driving westbound on I-70 near the 12 mile marker.

The driver of the ambulance drifted off the south edge of the roadway, and couldn’t regain control.

The ambulance began to rotate clockwise in the median, eventually rolling over multiple times, coming to a stop on the driver’s side about 200 feet from where it left the roadway.

The driver of the ambulance, 25-year-old EMT Jessica Boyle and the passenger, 27-year-old EMT Kindra West from Jasonville, were able to get themselves out of the ambulance with minor injuries.

There were no patients on board.

Boyle says a strong gust of wind, while passing a commercial truck was a contributing factor in the crash.

State Parks and Reservoirs seeking lifeguards

WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTHI) – Lifeguarding tests are now offered online for applicants seeking such positions at Indiana State Parks & Reservoirs facilities.

The test is for first-year applicants only. First-year applicants must pass the test as part of the job application.

Candidates who have already worked at a state park or reservoir facility need not take the test again.

The test is 50 questions. Half of the test is about CPR and first aid, and half is about lifeguard training knowledge.

The applicant must score at least 70 percent.

A link to the test and information for both first-year and returning candidates on how to apply are available at stateparks.IN.gov/lifeguardtest.

Applicants must already be certified in lifeguarding and CPR for the professional rescuer before taking the test.

If an applicant is in a certification class but has yet to finish, he or she may take the test but must complete certification before being hired.

The test serves as a hiring tool and is not a recertification of any type. Guards must recertify on their own through their local Red Cross and YMCAs prior to the swim season.

The swim season generally runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Hiring will begin immediately and last until all positions are filled.

Lifeguard positions are available at Brown County, Clifty Falls, Versailles, Spring Mill, Harmonie, O’Bannon Woods, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Mounds, Indiana Dunes, Shakamak and Prophetstown state parks.

 

Early morning fatal accident in Greene County

GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Just after 6 a.m. on Friday, a crash on State Road 67 near County Road 700 West claimed one life and injured another.

Officials report a 2005 Dodge van driven by Dakota L. Burnette, 26 of Oolitic, was traveling southwest on S.R. 67 as a semi driven by Timothy D. Stines, 44 of Bedford, was traveling northeast.

For unknown reasons, Burnette crossed the center line and sideswiped the semi. The van then spun partially off the highway as the semi came to a stop partially blocking the southbound lane of S.R. 67.

Burnette was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the van was taken to Greene County General Hospital and treated for injuries.

Stines was uninjured.

Linton death ruled suicide by coroner

In a News 10 follow-up: The Greene County coroner has ruled the death of James Jarman, 48 of Linton, a suicide.

On Feb. 28 officers responded to a suicidal subject around 6 p.m. at 420 SW J Street in Linton.

STORY | One dead in Linton after refusing to give up handgun

They found Jarman on the back porch with a handgun.

Officers attempted to negotiate with him, but he would not give the handgun up. Officials report there was a conflict and shots were fired.

Jarman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Crosley sentenced to 81 years

 

GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – One of the most horrific murder cases in Linton’s history came closer to an end Tuesday.

That’s after Randal Crosley, 25, was sentenced to 81 years in the murder of 19-year-old Katelyn Wolfe.

Last summer police arrested Crosley and Jordan Buskirk in connection to Wolfe’s death. They both eventually owned up to killing the teen.

Tuesday, Jordan Buskirk himself, took the stand to testify against Crosley. It was then that the family heard Katelyn’s killer explain, for the first time in person, how he and Crosley kidnapped and murdered her.

Buskirk explained they wanted to see what it would be like to rape and kill someone.

In a tearful statement, Katelyn’s aunt, Beth Wolfe took the stand. She called Crosley a monster and asked him point blank, how it felt to kill her niece.

Crosley had no response.

More tears were shed when Katelyn’s father, Eric Wolfe took the stand. He said he will never forgive Crosley and Buskirk.

Then, Superior Court Judge Dena Martin made her decision.

She said that Crosley’s actions were evil in nature and that the community of Greene County would not be safe if she showed leniency.

She sentenced Crosley to 81 years in prison. Because of a plea deal, the maximum Crosley could have received was 85 years.

“The fact that he received almost the maximum sentence, I think will be a relief to the family. I was certainly glad to see that, but make no mistake, there’s no happiness today,” Greene County Prosecutor Jarrod Holtsclaw told News 10. “In the 16 years of practice, this is the worst case that I’ve dealt with here in Greene County, and it’s something I hope to never deal with again, and it should be a wake up call for everyone to be vigilant about who their children are spending time with… what their children are doing.”

Meanwhile, Buskirk is scheduled for sentencing on March 18.

Military Vet works to get special partner home


WORTHINGTON, Ind. (WTHI) – Sgt. Harvey Holt served in the air force nearly a decade ago. During his tour he saw action in the most dangerous parts of Iraq. While he was active, he was assigned a MWD (military working dog).

That dog’s name was Jjackson.

The unique spelling (two ‘j’s) comes from the military. Holt said he was initially unsure about his new partner because of his small size, but the two quickly developed a strong bond.

The two were tasked with seeking out and neutralizing IEDs and snipers. During that time, on multiple occasions, Holt said Jjackson played a role in saving his life.

“I tell people that everyday. If it wasn’t for that dog, you know I wouldn’t have made it emotionally back,” Holt said.

One specific time, Jjackson had to  relieve himself. As Holt’s vehicle pulled over, another military vehicle continued by them. That vehicle rolled over an IED. The explosion caused that vehicle to flip on Holt’s vehicle.  The ensuing mayhem eventually left Holt and Jjackson alone in a ditch for hours.

“I was laying on top of him. He laid there calm as could be, never fidgeting. He let me lay on top of him. We stayed in that ditch and in the water for all night, all day,” Holt said.

When Holt made it home, Jjackson was still active and was given to other handlers. However, Holt made it a goal to get his friend back. MWDs are officially property of the government, so Holt had to go through lots of red tape to formally adopt Jjackson.

“I remember telling Jjackson that if he got me home safe from these missions, that I would do everything in my power to bring him home and give him the life that he deserved,” Holt said.

Holt expects to pick up Jjackson in early March. However, he’s required to build a special kennel for Jjackson. It’ll cost nearly $2,000.

To find out how you can aid in this fundraising effort, visit this special Facebook page.

 

 

 

Shooting in northern Parke County


LODI, Ind. (WTHI) – A shooting on Saturday just before 2 p.m. in northern Parke County sent one man to the hospital.

According to family members, it happened on State Road 234 in Lodi. The Vermillion County Sheriff’s Department was the first on the scene followed by the Parke County Sheriff’s Department.

A release states officers found Shane M. Smith, 37 of Lodi, outside the residence with two gunshot wounds – one in the face and one in the shoulder.

Officers then found Charles L. Smith, 74 of Lodi, inside the residence and discovered the father and son got into a physical altercation that resulted in the shooting.

Shane Smith was taken to Union Hospital in Clinton and later life lined to Indianapolis.

News 10 has confirmed that Shane Smith was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and as of Saturday evening he was still being evaluated by doctors.

Charles Smith was arrested for the shooting and was taken to the Parke County Jail. He’s accused of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and being held without bond.

This story will be updated as details become available.