Linton Man Accused of Strangulation, Battery

Paul Nichols

Paul V. Nichols, 39, of Linton, is accused of domestic battery in presence of a child less than 16 and strangulation, both level 6 felonies. He was arrested after a dispute on the afternoon of Jan. 1.

Jasonville Police Officer Ryan Van Horn was dispatched to a Jasonville residence that day, where the alleged victim told him that Nichols had arrived at her house with a friend to bring some items. She reportedly said she received a text that upset Nichols, and he tried to take away the two small children and leave.

According to a probable cause affidavit, she said she tried to get the children and Nichols shoved her down. Then he allegedly calmed down, but then became angry again, grabbed her by the throat and threw her on the floor. She reportedly claimed that he held her by the throat until she could not breathe.

The woman also claimed that Nichols left the home, taking her phone with him, then returned and tried again to take the children. It was at this time that she reportedly called 911. Van Horn stated that she had scratches on her neck and hands, redness on her neck and a bruised cheek.

Van Horn spoke to the man who had accompanied Nichols to the home. He allegedly said that the woman got mad that Nichols was spending time with the children. He claimed that he and Nichols decided to just unload the items and leave, but the woman got physical with Nichols.

He also reportedly told Van Horn that it was only after Nichols took her phone that the woman had tried to retrieve it through “physical force.” He claimed that he had not seen Nichols get the woman on the floor in the house, but Nichols had gone back in while he remained outside.

Van Horn reported that Nichols came to the Jasonville Police Department on his own free will. Nichols allegedly told him that he had taken some items to the woman, who began hitting him for no reason, then told him to leave. He reportedly denied taking her phone, said he wanted a lawyer and left the police department.

Nichols was arrested on Jan. 24, and was bonded out with $800 cash on Jan. 26. The initial hearing was Jan. 30, and a pretrial conference is scheduled for March 16.

Woman Accused of Resisting Law Enforcement

Connie Buzz

A Shelburn woman was arrested early Saturday morning, after allegedly refusing to cooperate with law enforcement.

At shortly before 2 a.m., the Greene County Sheriff’s Department received a call about a dark-colored Saturn driving erratically on State Road 59. Jasonville Police Department Detective Ryan Van Horn stated in a probable cause affidavit that when he found the vehicle at County Road 800 North and State Road 59, it was traveling at about 30 mph in a 55 mph zone, as well as crossing the center line and entering the opposite lane of traffic.

Van Horn said he activated his lights and tried to stop the vehicle, but that even after he turned on his emergency siren the driver refused to stop for several miles. He noted that he used his loud speaker to order the vehicle to pull over multiple times, and that the driver was eventually forced to stop due to traveling down a dead-end road.

According to the court document, 52-year-old Connie M. Buzz refused to exit the vehicle and Van Horn needed to remove her and place her in physical restraints.

Buzz is preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement, a class D felony. Her bond was set at $4,000 with an optional amount of $400 (ten percent) and she was released from the Greene County Jail on Sunday.

Man Accused of Theft, Unauthorized Control of a Vehicle

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department arrested Joe L. Hofmann near Jasonville on Monday morning.

Investigating Officer Deputy Jeffrey Brown took Hofman into custody on State Road 48 and County Road 1100 West. He is preliminarily charged with attempted theft, unauthorized control of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief, and trespass.

Detective James O’Malley and Jasonville Police Chief Rick Van Horn assisted.

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

Robert Ceol

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.

Jasonville Police Hiring New Reserve Officer

The Jasonville Police Department is currently looking to fill the position of Jasonville Police Reserve Officer.

Applicants must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Live in or close to the City of Jasonville
  • Be U.S. Citizens
  • Have High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Pass a thorough criminal and/or character investigation
  • Not have a Felony or serious Misdemeanor conviction
  • Have nearly free automobile accident records
  • Have a valid drivers license
  • Have a valid Indiana handgun license (carry permit)
  • Have a verifiable good record of previous employment
  • Be in good mental and physical health
  • Be willing to appear before the members of the Jasonville Police Department, Jasonville City Council and/or the Board of Public Works and Safety
  • Be able to complete the training as required by the Jasonville Police Department and the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy

Anyone interested should apply or refresh their current application at the Jasonville Police Department.  Anyone with any questions may contact Assistant Police Chief James Gadberry at 812-665-2694 or gadberry@jasonvillepd.com.

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.

 

 

Jasonville Man Allegedly Fails to Register as Sex Offender

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Daniel A. Wilson, 28, was booked into the Greene County Jail early Sunday morning on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender, a class D felony. A warrant for his arrest was issued last Thursday.

On December 9, 2013, Greene County’s Sex and Violent Offender Registrar, Denise Andrew, asked Jasonville Police Department Sergeant Brian Pilant to verify Wilson’s address. According to a probable cause affidavit, Pilant discovered that Wilson was not staying at his listed address and contacted one of Wilson’s family members, who said he had not been staying at the listed address but instead had been in Linton and Jasonville with her ex-husband.

The family member’s ex-husband told Pilant that Wilson refused to register at his address and stay there with him. He added that Wilson was staying with another man in Linton and also with a woman in Terre Haute.

Wilson was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor in November of 2007 and is required to register his address for 10 years.

His bond is set at $4,000 with an optional amount of $400.

Jasonville Man Allegedly Fails to Register as Sex Offender

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Daniel A. Wilson, 28, was booked into the Greene County Jail early Sunday morning on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender, a class D felony. A warrant for his arrest was issued last Thursday.

On December 9, 2013, Greene County’s Sex and Violent Offender Registrar, Denise Andrew, asked Jasonville Police Department Sergeant Brian Pilant to verify Wilson’s address. According to a probable cause affidavit, Pilant discovered that Wilson was not staying at his listed address and contacted one of Wilson’s family members, who said he had not been staying at the listed address but instead had been in Linton and Jasonville with her ex-husband.

The family member’s ex-husband told Pilant that Wilson refused to register at his address and stay there with him. He added that Wilson was staying with another man in Linton and also with a woman in Terre Haute.

Wilson was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor in November of 2007 and is required to register his address for 10 years.

His bond is set at $4,000 with an optional amount of $400.

Jasonville Resident Accused of Fracturing Man’s Skull

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Ronald E. Fox II, 48, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for a charge of battery committed by means of a deadly weapon or resulting in serious bodily injury, a class C felony, after allegedly fracturing another man’s skull in November of last year.

Early on the morning of November 29, the Jasonville Police Department received a report of a fight involving multiple people. Linton Police Department Officer Paul Clark responded to the residence on South Lawton Street first and spoke with Fox, who told him that everyone was okay and, according to a probable cause affidavit, seemed dismissive of the situation. Clark stated that Fox said he was looking for his keys, and that when he was asked where the other individuals involved were located he said that one man was inside the residence.

Clark contacted medical personnel to examine the second man, who complained of blurred vision to his left eye and stated that he could not hear from his left ear.

Officer Ryan Van Horn, of the Jasonville Police Department, arrived and noted that Fox had blood and cuts on both hands. The second man told Van Horn that he had been at a bar with Fox when they met two other men. He said one of the other men flirted with some girls, which upset Fox.

The man said he and Fox left the bar and went to his house but that later, when Fox was very upset and angry, the man who had upset him tried to apologize and when Fox became agitated and started towards that man he stepped between them to prevent a fight. He told Van Horn that Fox began yelling at him and then attacked him, slamming him to the ground. He added that he could not remember anything after that point, and a family member took him to Greene County General Hospital.

Van Horn stated in the court document that both of the men who witnessed the situation gave a similar account of it, and said they were concerned for the man because he was not acting right after he hit his head being slammed to the ground by Fox.

Fox was taken into custody and interviewed at the Greene County Jail.

He told Van Horn there was an issue at the bar when another man flirted with married girls and that he thought it was tacky. He stated that when everyone was at the residence the injured man went after him and took him to the ground. He said he never slammed that man to the ground and that there was never a fight.

Van Horn noted that Fox continually stated that he was the guy on the bottom trying to get on top.

Officer Andrew Duguay interviewed the two other men who were present at the bar and at the residence, as well as a neighbor who said she got a call from Fox telling her to go the residence. She told Duguay that Fox and the man who was injured started fighting and that the other two men tried to pull them apart. She said they got them apart but a short time later they started fighting again.

The woman advised that during the second fight the injured man was on the bottom, Fox was in the middle, and one of the other men was hitting Fox. She said she did not recall seeing Fox throw the man but that when Fox is drunk he is mean, and added that after the fight Fox went toward the house, punched a window out, and hit his head off the wall.

One of the men told Duguay that the fight started when the injured man tried to calm Fox down. He said that when Fox slammed the other man on the ground he could hear his head hit, and that he then became involved in order to get Fox off the other man. He added that a neighbor broke the incident up a short time later.

The last man said that the injured man was trying to keep things calm when Fox started making comments to antagonize him, and that it became a pushing match that led to Fox trying to punch the other two men. He said the neighbor arrived and tried to break the fight up and that Fox then caused the man to hit his head on the ground.

He told Duguay that after they got the injured man away the other man fought with Fox to keep him down. He added that a short time later the incident was broken up by a neighbor.

Van Horn noted that medical records from Greene County General Hospital showed that the man who hit his head had a skull fracture in the left occipital region.

Tamera Crosley Enters Plea of Not Guilty on Friday

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Tamera Crosley, 19, of Worthington, entered a plea of not guilty and requested a court-appointed attorney during her initial hearing Friday morning at the Greene County Superior Court.

Crosley is charged with obstruction of justice, a class D felony, two counts of false informing, class B misdemeanors, and conspiracy to commit theft, a class D felony.

Crosley’s pretrial conference is set for 2:30 p.m. March 3.

Her husband, Randal E. Crosley, is accused of murdering 19-year-old Katelyn Wolfe in June of 2013.

Tamera Crosley’s charges are connected to the Wolfe incident.

On June 7 of last year, while investigating the disappearance of Katelyn Wolfe, Officers Josh Goodman and Paul Clark were interviewing Randal Crosley at the LPD when he allegedly admitted to selling Wolfe six Valium pills and also to having additional pills at his residence that he had planned to sell to her later.

The officers then interviewed Tamera Crosley, and according to a probable cause affidavit filed Jan. 10, she admitted to flushing the pills when law enforcement was at her residence earlier that morning.  She told the police that she did not know her husband was involved in drugs and that she disposed of the pills because she has a child and did not want to get in trouble.  She later provided the plastic bag the pills were in to law enforcement for evidence.

As part of the ongoing investigation, however, officers allegedly learned from phone records, phone data, and interviews that she was previously aware of and involved in illegal drug activity.

Officer Ryan Van Horn and Detective Paul Suding interviewed Tamera Crosley at the Jasonville Police Department that evening.

The officers asked Crosley about the nature of her sexual relationship with her husband, and she advised that they had sex a lot but that it was normal and they did not get into “freaky things, never have”.  She said they had never used bondage, handcuffs, or toys, and that while they wanted to go to Cirilla’s they had not yet been there.

Officers learned from video security footage that Crosley and Jordan W. Buskirk, who has plead guilty to Wolfe’s murder, had gone to Cirilla’s on June 4 and purchased various items including handcuffs.

Later, probable cause affidavits were filed on both Randal Crosley and Buskirk, which included the details of the condition of Wolfe’s body, statements Buskirk made to the police, and a list of items the two men purchased at Cirilla’s prior to Wolfe’s murder.

On June 24, Goodman and Clark interviewed Tamera Crosley again, and she said she knew what Buskirk’s affidavit said and that the things the men purchased at Cirilla’s were things she wanted and had been begging her husband to go to Cirilla’s and purchase.  She told the officers that she was into weird things in their sex life and her husband was not, and that she told him she liked to be tied down and handcuffed.

She went on to say that Randal Crosley had brought her the handcuffs and that Buskirk had grabbed them when they were on the porch, possibly the day before Wolfe went missing.  She added that her husband told her he had surprises for her, but that he did not show her anything besides the handcuffs.

Crosley refused to take a polygraph examination regarding her statement, and Goodman noted in the court document that the statement she gave on the 24th was completely different than what she had said on June 10.  He stated that he believes the statement she gave on the 24th was a dishonest statement intended to mislead law enforcement and to attempt to cover for her husband’s involvement in Wolfe’s murder.

Van Horn interviewed her again several weeks later and she allegedly agreed to take a polygraph examination as to her statements about the items purchased from Cirilla’s, but did not follow through with taking the examination

In December, Tamera Crosley allegedly entered into an agreement with a minor wherein the minor would steal baby clothes for Crosley.  Greene County Sheriff’s Department Detective James O’Malley, who was off-duty and at Walmart on personal business, saw the juvenile concealing the items and, after talking to the child, paid for the items and gave the juvenile $20 cash.

O’Malley went to the service desk to tell Walmart staff about the incident and observed a man returning the items he had just purchased for the juvenile.  The man told him he was asked by another individual to return the items for cash, and that individual, who was waiting in the parking lot, was identified as Tamera Crosley.

Crosley allegedly planned to put the money on her husband’s account at the Greene County Jail.

The man who attempted to return the items to the store said he did not know the items were stolen, and the juvenile agreed that the plan to steal them was not discussed with him.  The juvenile also stated that he or she did not know that Crosley planned to return the items for money to put on her husband’s books at the jail.

NewsBarb author Heather Rogers contributed to this report. 

 

Truck Driver May Face Charges after Leaving Accident Scene

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The driver of a 2005 International tractor-trailer is accused of hitting a guardrail, located at the intersection of State Road 157 North and East Calvertsville Road in Bloomfield, and then leaving the scene sometime Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

A passerby called the Greene County Sheriff’s Department to report the damage. No vehicles were at the scene of the accident, and the rail was sticking out into the roadway.

Deputy Andrew Duguay, of the Jasonville Police Department, and Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Harvey Holt cleared the highway of debris and then followed a damage trail south on State Road 157 and determined that the vehicle turned onto East Union Valley Road. Holt located the vehicle on a county road approximately 1.5 miles away from the accident scene.

The tractor-trailer, which is owned by Stone Belt Freight lines, was driven by Dusten Deckard of Mitchell, Indiana.

Deckard was not hurt during the accident. When asked why he did not stay at the accident scene, Deckard stated that he was scared and did not know what to do. He said he had called his company and they were bringing him a tire.

When asked why he did not call the police he said he did not have a signal, adding that he moved the vehicle because he was looking for a safe place to stop. Deckard was told he had plenty of places to stop at the scene, including the field he drove through to depart, and he acknowledged that was true.

According to a release from the sheriff’s department, Deckard drove about 1.3 miles before a front tire fell off of the vehicle, and then drove approximately a quarter mile more– damaging a county road bridge and roadway when the vehicle’s rim drug along the ground.

A report will be sent to the Greene County Prosecutor for possible charges of leaving the scene of an accident.

Greene County Crime Stoppers Helps Law Enforcement Officials Solve Crimes

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The Jasonville Police Department is investigating the death of 25-year-old Joshua A. Ray, of Jasonville, whose body was found early on the morning of New Year’s Day.

Meanwhile, the Linton Police Department is working on a case involving recent vandalism on the east side of town. The crimes include various acts such as destroying or stealing items from people’s yards and slashing tires. The LPD has some ‘persons of interest’, but would still like to receive more information.

Both departments are asking anyone with information regarding their investigations to contact the same organization– Greene County Crime Stoppers.

“Crime Stoppers has helped us solve a lot of crimes throughout the years, and it’s another tool in our toolbox to help us accomplish our job. I’ve been the spokesperson here for years now and I’ve seen a lot of good come out of it,” noted Linton Police Chief Troy Jerrell.

He explained that Crime Stoppers is an organization made up of civilians who donate their time and efforts to raising money to pay for tips given to law enforcement officials. People are able to leave tips safely and anonymously, without fear of retaliation from a criminal, and if a tip leads to an arrest or conviction the person who provided it receives a cash reward.

If you would like to earn a reward for a tip, you provide Crime Stoppers with the name of your favorite cartoon character when you share your information about the crime.

“Say your favorite character is Daffy Duck– it will be your responsibility to kind of keep an eye on the media to see if John Doe has been arrested based on the information you’ve given, because we have no way of contacting you as part of the whole keeping you anonymous thing,” said Jerrell. “We don’t have Caller ID and we don’t keep track of the information being turned in, because that way it can never be subpoenaed from us in the court. If you see John Doe getting arrested for the information you gave, you just call Crime Stoppers back and say that you’re Daffy Duck and back in June you called them about John Doe and wonder if he was arrested as the result of your tip. We’ll research it, and if he was we’ll set up a time and day to drop off some money and you can pick it up.”

Jerrell added that fairly vague information can sometimes be very helpful for the police, but that the more specific the information, the better their chances of making an arrest.

“’John Doe does drugs’ is nice information to know, but probably isn’t going to lead to a reward for the tip,” he explained. “The who, what, where, when, and how is important. The more detailed information we can get on that increases the chances that there’s going to be an arrest made [on the tip] and therefore that [the person who provided the tip] will receive the reward.”

If you have information on a crime, you may call the tip line at 847-5463 or 1-866-446-4672, or submit a tip online. You can also check out the new Greene County Crime Stoppers Facebook page.

Crime Stoppers is funded through community donations, and you may make a donation through their website or Facebook page.

Updated: Wife of Man Accused of Murdering Katelyn Wolfe Facing Charges

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Update: Jan. 13, 11:01 a.m.

Tamera D. Crosley was released from the Greene County Jail on Sunday, after paying $900 bond money (10 percent).

Original article published Jan. 10, 9:56 p.m.

Update Jan. 11, 9:11 p.m.:

Randal E. Crosley is accused of murdering 19-year-old Katelyn Wolfe in June of 2013.

He also faces charges of conspiracy to commit murder, a class A felony, conspiracy to commit rape, a class B felony, criminal confinement, a class C felony, and two counts of dealing a controlled substance, class C felonies.

Friday, an arrest warrant was issued for Crosley’s wife Tamera D. Crosley,  19, of Worthington.  She was taken into custody by Linton Police Department Detective Sergeant Joshua Goodman at just after 8 p.m.

On June 7 of last year, while investigating the disappearance of Katelyn Wolfe, Officers Goodman and Paul Clark were interviewing Randal Crosley at the LPD when he allegedly admitted to selling Wolfe six Valium pills and also to having additional pills at his residence that he had planned to sell to her later.

The officers then interviewed Tamera Crosley, and according to a probable cause affidavit filed Friday, she admitted to flushing the pills when law enforcement was at her residence earlier that morning.  She told the police that she did not know her husband was involved in drugs and that she disposed of the pills because she has a child and did not want to get in trouble.  She later provided the plastic bag the pills were in to law enforcement for evidence.

As part of the ongoing investigation, however, officers allegedly learned from phone records, phone data, and interviews, that she was previously aware of and involved in illegal drug activity.

On June 10, law enforcement located Wolfe’s body, and Randal Crosley was a primary suspect in the investigation.  The condition in which Wolfe’s body was found was not initially disclosed to anyone outside of law enforcement.  She was submerged in a lake, bound with duct tape and rope, with her hands handcuffed behind her back and an anchor attached to her.

Officer Ryan Van Horn and Detective Paul Suding interviewed Tamera Crosley at the Jasonville Police Department that evening.

The officers asked Crosley about the nature of her sexual relationship with her husband, and she advised that they had sex a lot but that it was normal and they did not get into “freaky things, never have”.  She said they had never used bondage, handcuffs, or toys, and that while they wanted to go to Cirilla’s they had not yet been there.

Officers learned from video security footage that Crosley and Jordan W. Buskirk, who has plead guilty to Wolfe’s murder, had gone to Cirilla’s on June 4 and purchased various items including handcuffs.

Later, probable cause affidavits were filed on both Randal Crosley and Buskirk, which included the details of the condition of Wolfe’s body, statements Buskirk made to the police, and a list of items the two men purchased at Cirilla’s prior to Wolfe’s murder.

On June 24, Goodman and Clark interviewed Tamera Crosley again, and she said she knew what Buskirk’s affidavit said and that the things the men purchased at Cirilla’s were things she wanted and had been begging her husband to go to Cirilla’s and purchase.  She told the officers that she was into weird things in their sex life and her husband was not, and that she told him she liked to be tied down and handcuffed.

She went on to say that Randal Crosley had brought her the handcuffs and that Buskirk had grabbed them when they were on the porch, possibly the day before Wolfe went missing.  She added that her husband told her he had surprises for her, but that he did not show her anything besides the handcuffs.

Crosley refused to take a polygraph examination regarding her statement, and Goodman noted in the court document that the statement she gave on the 24th was completely different than what she had said on June 10.  He stated that he believes the statement she gave on the 24th was a dishonest statement intended to mislead law enforcement and to attempt to cover for her husband’s involvement in Wolfe’s murder.

Van Horn interviewed her again several weeks later and she allegedly agreed to take a polygraph examination as to her statements about the items purchased from Cirilla’s, but did not follow through with taking the examination

In December, Tamera Crosley allegedly entered into an agreement with a minor wherein the minor would steal baby clothes for Crosley.  Greene County Sheriff’s Department Detective James O’Malley, who was off-duty and at Walmart on personal business, saw the juvenile concealing the items and, after talking to the child, paid for the items and gave the juvenile $20 cash.

O’Malley went to the service desk to tell Walmart staff about the incident and observed a man returning the items he had just purchased for the juvenile.  The man told him he was asked by another individual to return the items for cash, and that individual, who was waiting in the parking lot, was identified as Tamera Crosley.

Crosley allegedly planned to put the money on her husband’s account at the Greene County Jail.

The man who attempted to return the items to the store said he did not know the items were stolen, and the juvenile agreed that the plan to steal them was not discussed with him.  The juvenile also stated that he or she did not know that Crosley planned to return the items for money to put on her husband’s books at the jail.

Tamera Crosley is charged with obstruction of justice, a class D felony, two counts of false informing, class B misdemeanors, and conspiracy to commit theft, a class D felony.

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.

30-Year-Old Accused of Molesting a Child

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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

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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.

Traffic Stop Leads to Invasion of Privacy Charge

Bradley StoutOn Sunday, November 10th, Jasonville Police Department Officer Ryan Van Horn performed a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Bradley L. Stout, 34, of Jasonville. According to a probable cause affidavit filed Tuesday, Van Horn knew Stout’s license was suspended.

Van Horn also discovered that Stout did not have insurance or a vehicle registration. Stout stated that he had purchased the vehicle from a friend and had not taken care of any paperwork for the vehicle.

The passenger in the vehicle has an active protective order against Stout, and Van Horn noted that their contact was a direct violation of that order.

Stout is charged with invasion of privacy, a class A misdemeanor, operating a motor vehicle without financial responsibility, a class A infraction, and not having a valid operator’s license, a class C infraction. No bond was set, and as of Wednesday morning he remained in the Greene County Jail.

 

 

 

Woman Arrested after Ramming Vehicle into Residence

Cheyenne Riley

Early Saturday morning, Cheyenne Riley was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and criminal mischief.

According to a release by Investigating Officer Deputy Jeffrey Brown, of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, officers were dispatched to a Linton residence just before 2 a.m. They found Riley ramming her vehicle into the residence, and after Brown noticed she smelled strongly of alcohol he administered a field sobriety test as well as further testing that determined Riley had a BAC of .23.

Deputy Harvey Holt and Jasonville Police Department Officer Ryan Van Horn assisted at the scene.

 

Local Law Enforcement Officials to Participate in “No Shave November”

Photo by Daryn Lewellyn

Greene County residents will probably notice a big change in some local law enforcement officials this month—an abundance of facial hair.

Fraternal Order of Police [FOP] President Paul Clark said the first time he heard about “No Shave November” he was told it was the prostate cancer equivalent of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. He decided he wanted to give the program a try, and has now received pledges of participation from the Linton, Jasonville, Worthington, and Lyons Police Departments as well as the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office.

Clark pointed out that the program raises money for cancer research as well as promoting awareness of the disease.

“People who participate donate a dollar for every day they don’t shave during the month of November. People who pledge to participate but choose to shave can buy what we call a ‘shaving permit’ for $45, which allows them to shave however and whenever they want,” he explained.

All of the money the FOP raises will be donated to the American Cancer Society and Clark stressed that participants are forgoing shaving for a good cause.

“Every law enforcement agency in the county has a set of grooming standards, and for the agencies that are participating to go outside of those standards to raise awareness and funds is kind of a big deal,” he stated.

Clark added that cancer is a disease that touches everyone, and that he does not know of anybody who has not been affected on some level, whether through a family member, friend, or personal battle.

“We have members who are afflicted with, or impacted by, the disease the same as everyone else. These are people who we call brothers, people who spent their lives and careers working for our communities and are now stricken with cancer. It’s painful and it’s depressing—it’s time we find a cure,” he said.

The FOP is not asking for donations from the community. However, if other organizations want to participate on their own, Clark encourages them to do so because “No Shave November” is a way to raise money for cancer research while also having fun and encouraging people to step out of their comfort zones.

“The public is going to notice it when they start seeing law enforcement officials they expect to be clean shaven showing up with extra hair. By the end of the month, I think it’s going to look pretty nasty on some people. I fully expect to have a nasty neck beard,” he explained.