County Firing Range Set to Receive Face-Lift

Range Planning Committee Members, (L-R): Ryan Van Horn, Debbie Miller, Andrew Duguay, Paul Clark, Brock Garrison, Josh Goodman, and Jeff Brown with a check from UDWI REMC.
Not pictured: Richard Klun, Nick Yingling, and Nicole Stahl.

The Greene County Prosecutor’s Office, the Greene County Drug Task Force, and the Fraternal Order of Police now have the necessary funds to begin revitalizing the county firing range.

The fundraising started last year with a matching grant from the Greene County Foundation, and continued with a donation from Cabela’s Outdoor Fund and contributions from community members and the prosecutor’s office. An NRA grant award and a check from UDWI REMC finished the effort to finance the range renovations, and the Range Planning Committee hopes to begin construction in about two weeks and finish sometime in June.

The existing range, where law enforcement officials qualify on firearms and children learn about gun safety, is basically an expanse of dirt and wooden posts. The nearly $20,000 revitalization project will change that, though.

The range will have targets recessed in pea gravel and surrounded by railroad ties, strips of concrete to mark the different shooting distances officers need to qualify on, and an audio-video station that will allow safety courses to be recorded and also provide security footage for the area.

Range Planning Committee Member Josh Goodman, who is also a detective sergeant with the Linton Police Department, explained that permanent steel targets will keep people from using the range or the targets in an unsafe manner.  A covered instructional area where youth groups can attend classes will also be on-site.

“It will be accessible to 4-H groups such as the rifle club as well as scout groups and hunter safety courses. A lot of times hunter safety courses are conducted in a classroom environment and the kids don’t actually get the chance to go out and fire the weapons, so that will be a big bonus. This way they can handle firearms with a qualified firearm instructor as part of the course,” Goodman stated.

He said the range improvements will also be a big deal for officers, noting that every law enforcement agency in the county uses the area for training.

“Half the range is going to have a concrete shooting rings, so you can do standard distance shooting and target shooting. The other half of the range will be open for moveable barricades where officers can train on stress fire situations where we would have barricades or a car in position. In the real world, we most likely won’t be standing in one place and shooting, we’re going to be moving around and seeking cover,” Goodman explained.

He added that Nicole Stahl, who formerly worked in the prosecutor’s office, did the majority of the work necessary to obtain funding for the project.

The firing range will be closed during construction.

The Range Planning Committee needs assistance with installing the drainage system, and would appreciate help from any contractors or individuals with construction experience. They also need volunteers with construction and woodworking skills to help them build barricades and tactical perches out of weather-resistant composite materials.  Their next meeting will be on March 23 at the Fraternal Order of Police building in Linton.

Prosecutor, Det. Sgt. Discuss Sentencing of Katelyn Wolfe Murderer

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Tuesday afternoon in Greene Superior Court, Judge Dena Martin sentenced Randal E. Crosley for his crimes against Katelyn Wolfe last June. She handed down a sentence of 81 years in the Indiana Department of Correction– a penalty that is only four years shy of the maximum sentence the law could allow.

County Prosecutor Jarrod Holtsclaw presented a list of aggravating circumstances during Crosley’s sentencing hearing, including a criminal history, a lengthy planning period before the crime, and the fact that Crosley essentially killed Wolfe for sport or entertainment. After the sentencing, Holtsclaw said he was glad Martin agreed with the circumstances he presented, although nothing can ever give Wolfe’s family what they want most.

“There’s no good outcome in a case like this, because everybody wants the victim back and we can’t give them that– Judge Martin addressed that. But I do take some solace, and I’m sure the family does, too, that he is going away for 81 years so the earliest he can get out is in 40 ½ years. I probably won’t be around in 40 years, and that’s a long time even for a 26-year-old,” Holtsclaw stated.

He called the case Linton Police Department Detective Sergeant Josh Goodman assembled against Crosley the “driving force” behind both Crosley choosing to enter a guilty plea and Martin being able to sentence him to 81 years with no time suspended.

Goodman said hundreds of hours were poured into the investigation of Wolfe’s death.

“And that’s just me,” he clarified. “There are several officers that have put an excessive number of hours into this, all the way down to the lab analysts who worked as hard as they did on the DNA. There’s countless hours that have been put into it.”

Taking the strong case against Crosley and the nature of his crime into account, Holtsclaw stated that he was not surprised by the steep sentence.

“I should preface that by saying judges are hamstrung, though,” he added. “And I get this on a lot of cases from low level theft cases all the way up to murder cases. Oftentimes, the victims will want the maximum sentence and I’d love to give it to them and I’m sure the judges would, too, on most occasions. But we have sentencing laws we have to follow– especially when it comes to the maximum sentence. Each time a judge hands down a decision it could be appealed, and there are hundreds upon hundreds of sentencing case laws out there that say that the maximum sentences are reserved for the worst of the worst.”

Holtsclaw explained that most of the time both a strong sentencing case and a defendant with a rather lengthy criminal history are necessary before a judge can even come close to giving them the maximum sentence– unless the crime is so heinous and the person who committed it is so evil that those circumstances are enough to warrant the maximum or near maximum sentence. He believes that is exactly what happened in the case of Crosley.

“Clearly he has a criminal history,” Holtsclaw continued, “but I deal with people on a daily basis who have worse criminal histories, and some of that is probably simply because he’s not old enough. But I don’t deal with evil people on a daily basis. Most of the people I deal with in this office are people who make mistakes– they abuse alcohol, they abuse drugs, or they’re down on their luck and make bad decisions. Very few people who I deal with are just evil people, but there are some and he is one of them.”

Holtsclaw thinks the manner in which Crosley planned and carried out Wolfe’s murder, and the fact that he dumped her body and lied to authorities about it, ultimately convinced Martin that he was the “worst of the worst”.

Goodman said an important factor that stood out for him during this case was the lack of remorse Crosley showed for taking Wolfe’s life.

“Throughout my entire investigation, all the way through the court proceedings, I never got any kind of reaction from Randal Crosley that showed he had shown any value for Katelyn’s life at any point– before or after she was killed,” he noted.

Holtsclaw said he hopes this case will serve as a wake-up call to anyone who wants to legalize drugs such as marijuana, synthetic marijuana, or prescription pills.

“That was at the core of this case, and these two individuals were smoking synthetic marijuana on a daily basis, around the clock, and they were dealing synthetic marijuana,” he stressed. “According to them, they were using synthetic marijuana when they first came up with the idea and they were using synthetic marijuana when they committed this crime. Katelyn herself found herself in a position to be with these guys because she wanted to buy some pills to have a good time.“

He added that nothing good comes from drug abuse, and that even though Greene County is a great place to raise a family people still need to be careful of themselves and their loved ones.

“There are still evil people among us, and we all need to make sure we do a good job of keeping our kids safe and knowing who they’re around and where they’re at,” Holtsclaw stated.

Updated: Randal E. Crosley Sentenced to 81 Years

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Original article posted March 4, 2:16 p.m.

On Tuesday afternoon in the Greene Superior Court, Judge Dena Martin sentenced Randal E. Crosley to 81 years in the Indiana Department of Correction.  The maximum sentence Crosley could have received was 85 years, and during the sentencing hearing Martin told him that not only was a hefty sentence appropriate, showing much leniency would endanger the community.

In February, Crosley entered a guilty plea for the murder of 19-year-old Katelyn Wolfe in June of last year.  He also admitted to conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit rape, criminal confinement with use of a vehicle, and dealing a schedule IV controlled substance.

In early December, Jordan W. Buskirk entered guilty pleas for murder, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit rape, and criminal confinement.  Tuesday, Buskirk testified at Crosley’s sentencing hearing.

Buskirk told the court he met Crosley on a school bus in junior high, and described Crosley as being his “best friend” and “like a brother”.  He said Crosley lived with him multiple times and that they usually saw each other daily.

Crosley later spent short periods living in New York and near Indianapolis, but Buskirk stated that after he moved back from Indianapolis around a year-and-a-half ago they became close again– even working together shaping dumpster lids for Futurex for one to one-and-a-half weeks.

“It kind of cut into some drugs,” Buskirk said of the short employment.  “We were wanting to sell drugs instead of working.”

He admitted to buying synthetic marijuana in Terre Haute and then selling it, along with Crosley, over a period of around four to five months before they were arrested.  Buskirk also stated that they sold “a little real marijuana” and occasionally pills, although he added that he did not like selling pills because he had been addicted to them while working in a coal mine.

Buskirk explained that they both smoked marijuana and that they used synthetic marijuana on a daily basis.

“We’d wake up and I’d shower, go to his house, and the first thing we’d do is smoke a synthetic joint and go from there,” he recalled.

Buskirk said that while he had sold Wolfe marijuana a couple of times and “got her high” he did not know her personally, noting that he tried to hang out with her but it never really went anywhere so he gave up.

During May or June of last year, he said that he and Crosley were smoking synthetic marijuana when they started talking about finding a woman to rape and murder– something that just “popped into our heads”.  The two men later transitioned from discussing the possibility to buying items to use during the crime.  Buskirk stated that they did not have Katelyn in mind as a victim, and had talked about the possibility of targeting a homeless person in Terre Haute.

“It was a joke at first and then once we started smoking more the drug took over– for me, at least,” he explained, adding that at first he was afraid they would not get away with the crime.  But the more he smoked, the more confident he became, and eventually the pair travelled to Terre Haute to purchase items such as handcuffs, an anal plug, straps, rope, and an anchor to use in the rape and murder.

Buskirk stated they purchased a 20-pound anchor to dispose of their victim in a body of water, and recalled asking Crosley how much weight he thought they would need to hold a body down.

On June 5, Buskirk said the pair met Wolfe at a laundromat in Linton around 8 p.m. in order to sell her valium pills.  He noted that they still did not have Wolfe in mind for their crime, even when she told them she would get a hold of them if she needed more.

The men went to Terre Haute to buy more synthetic marijuana and then drove around getting high before they decided to go to a strip club.  Buskirk told the court they stopped in a Walmart to buy shirts, since they did not want to wear their work shirts to the club.  Eventually, however, they decided the strip club was a waste of money and after Crosley and Wolfe texted back and forth about another meeting they headed back to Linton to sell her more valium.

Buskirk said they began considering Wolfe as a target during that drive.

They picked her up around midnight and headed towards Midland to “country cruise” and get high.  Buskirk stated that he was driving, with Crosley in the passenger seat and Wolfe sitting in back.  He said Wolfe did not know where Crosley lived, and that they pretended they were going to pick up his wife.

He said they made three stops where he and Crosley both exited the car, “to see if we were going to do it”.  According to Buskirk, they knew they were not at the first two stops, and the third stop was not “the spot”.

Then they stopped again, and popped the trunk to access the handcuffs and duct tape.

Buskirk said he climbed on top of her in the backseat and she “seemed kind of shocked” but did not scream until Crosley opened the other car door.  He stated that Wolfe fought Crosley as he tried to pull her out of the car and began duct taping her mouth shut, eventually placing her in a chokehold.

Buskirk told the court that when Wolfe was handcuffed, with a shirt duct taped over her head, he took a couple of steps back while Crosley struck her.

‘I don’t know how many times he punched her in the face or in the head,” he said.

Next, he stated that Crosley used Wolfe’s phone to send texts and access her Facebook account, telling Buskirk that he was “making an alibi”.  Buskirk said both men worried she had texted someone about being with them, and that when they asked her if her dad knew where she was at, she nodded.

Buskirk told the court he did not believe anyone knew where she was, and stopped questioning her after asking if she was scared and being unable to understand her answer.

He said the last thing Crosley told Wolfe was that he was the bogeyman.

Buskirk then strangled her by wrapping a rope around her neck several times, “until she stopped moving”.

The murder took place on a county road that was heavily wooded on both sides, and afterwards they put Wolfe’s body in the trunk and drove around smoking synthetic marijuana, eventually stopping to retie her in a fetal position to prepare for throwing her body in the water.  At around 3 a.m. they arrived at a body of water Buskirk believed would be deep enough for their purposes.

Buskirk stated that after Wolfe’s body was removed from the trunk, Crosley kicked her down a hill and into shrubs, causing her to hit her head on something that may have been a stump.  Crosley then tossed her in the water and Buskirk used a flashlight to make sure her body was concealed.

The men went back to the car and left the area.  Buskirk said that Crosley broke Wolfe’s phone into pieces he disposed of in different locations, and burned her Sim card in Buskirk’s car.

Later, the pair sold some drugs and then stopped at a gas station to check for hair or blood in the trunk.  While there, Buskirk stated that he disposed of the shirt he was wearing and replaced it with the one he bought to visit the strip club.  Then they drove to Terre Haute to buy more synthetic marijuana.

Buskirk said they slept at some point during the day of June 6, and then went back to the lake to make sure Wolfe’s body was still submerged before driving to Terre Haute for more drugs.  Law enforcement officials and Wolfe’s father tried calling Crosley, but Buskirk told the court that Crosley was afraid to speak with them.  Crosley’s wife then called to tell him the police were at his house, so the men went to Crosley’s home.

Officers searched and then impounded Buskirk’s car, and took them to the police station.  Buskirk said he lied to Detective Sergeant Josh Goodman and Officer Paul Clark, of the Linton Police Department, about knowing Wolfe’s whereabouts.  He was then released, but the next day officers told him they had proof he had been with Crosley and Wolfe.

Buskirk asked for an attorney, and agreed to take a polygraph test on June 10.  He failed the test when he was asked if he “did anything to that woman”.  After talking to his attorney and learning Wolfe’s body had been found, he said he decided to make a confession.

“That whole weekend was a living hell for me,” Buskirk stated.

County Prosecutor Jarrod Holtsclaw then asked Buskirk about the keys to the handcuffs they used on Wolfe, and Buskirk replied that on June 6 Crosley gave him one of the two keys and told him he was keeping the other as a souvenir.  Buskirk added that he wiped the prints off his key and threw it into a lake by Crosley’s house.

Crosley’s attorney, Alan K. Baughman, requested that Buskirk explain how he protected Crosley when they became friends in the 8th grade.  Buskirk said Crosley was living with a foster family and when he got on the school bus other kids would make fun of the way the foster kids smelled, so he offered Crosley a seat next to him.

“There was stuff he didn’t really tell me until recently,” Buskirk explained of Crosley’s childhood, which he spent moving in and out of foster homes from a young age.  “He had a pretty rough time as a child.”

Buskirk later told Baughman that he wished he would have said that he did not want to kill Wolfe, or that Crosley would have changed his mind about it.  He stated that at the time he did not know what Crosley would think of him if he did not want to follow through on their plans.

LPD Detective Sergeant Josh Goodman testified that when he spoke with Crosley at the police department he asked Crosley if he had any weapons and Crosley said no, turning out his pockets and causing a handcuff key to fall out.  He said that Crosley told him the key was for handcuffs, but also said that he had met with Wolfe at 8 p.m. on the day she disappeared but had not seen her again.

Goodman explained that phone records for Crosley, Buskirk, and Wolfe showed that their phones had been together later that night and early the next day, though, and that Buskirk then admitted to picking her up a second time and dropping her off in Sullivan.  Crosley, he said, stuck to his story about only meeting up with her earlier that night.

Officers obtained video surveillance from the stores in Terre Haute where the two men bought items to use for rape and murder.

“In the video you can see them smiling, apparently having a good time,” Goodman noted of the shopping trips.

Video from the gas station they stopped at after Wolfe’s murder showed, among other things, Buskirk changing shirts and throwing the one he had been wearing away.  Later, officers discovered that the key Crosley had in his pocket fit the handcuffs on Wolfe’s body.  Wolfe’s DNA was discovered on samples of the shirt Crosley wore the night she was murdered, and on stains inside of Buskirk’s trunk.

At that point in the sentencing hearing, Wolfe’s aunt, Beth Wolfe, addressed Crosley, telling him that she had been waiting for the moment to talk to the person who murdered her niece.

“Learning about this case, the only motive I have ever heard is that you just wanted to know what it feels like to rape and murder someone,” she said.  “It just popped into your head.”

She then asked him to look her in the eye, telling Crosley that he used his hands and a rope to kill Katelyn so he could be close to her and feel her die– all because he was curious.

“Kate’s life is gone, but the rest of us have to find our way through this nightmare,” she stated, describing the need to tell Katelyn’s father when to eat and shower after his daughter was found dead.  She added that Crosley had left “a mountain” behind for Katelyn’s brothers to climb.

“I will never get to see [my husband] lift her off the ground when they hug, because she was so tiny,” Beth Wolfe told Crosley.  “We are all changed in the most profound way.”

She said it did not matter if he pled guilty or not, because it would not bring her niece back, and stressed the fact that her niece’s name was not written on the equipment they used to kill her, but that anyone’s name could have been written on it– because they were just curious.

“Did you feel powerful?” she asked.  “Did you feel invincible?  Did you feel like the bogeyman?”

She stated that she did not think he fulfilled his curiosity about raping and murdering someone because he did not get to rape Katelyn, and that she believed he was on his way to becoming a serial killer.

“Kate was a badass,” she told Crosley.  “She bit and kicked and tried to get away.”

Beth Wolfe said the only reason Crosley did not rape her niece was because Katelyn Wolfe would not let it happen, and that by denying him that Katelyn saved him from the death penalty.

“The irony of that is that while you were taking Kate’s life, she was saving yours,” she added before asking that Crosley receieve the maximum sentence the state would allow.

Baughman called Crosley’s sister to testify about his childhood, noting that the woman had tried to avoid the scrutiny of the press and the public, and that she was there because he had subpoenaed her testimony.

“It was not a good situation.  We were in and out of foster homes all the time since I can remember,” she told the court, stating that between the ages of three and 11 she was in 12 to 13 different foster homes in between brief stays with either her mother or father.

She stated that her brother’s relationship with their father was not good and that their father physically abused Crosley.  She said she remembered a time when her father picked Crosley up and threw him into a standing tool box, breaking his nose, and that life with their mother involved a lack of adequate food, multiple animals, and being forced to wear clothes with feces on them to school.  She also told the court that despite a teacher who would try to help Crosley by cleaning him up and putting clean clothes on him, he was tormented because of his living conditions.

The woman said she had no knowledge of Crosley being violent and did not believe he would ever commit another crime in the future.

Katelyn Wolfe’s father, Eric Wolfe, was the next to speak at the sentencing.  He read a statement written by his mother, which described Katelyn’s love of writing and painting before alleging that “animals do not treat their prey the way these two monsters did our Kate”.

Eric Wolfe then told Crosley that he did not see any tears out of him while he listened to Katelyn’s aunt’s statement.

“They say we’re supposed to forgive, but I won’t,” he said to the defendant, adding that he does not believe time heals all wounds.  “ I believe that we find a way to get through it, but it never heals.”

He then played a DVD slideshow featuring pictures of his daughter, which Crosley watched with apparent calm while the sounds of crying could be heard throughout the courtroom.

“It’s amazing to me that you can sit there and not cry,” Eric Wolfe told him.  “Everybody in here just loves her to death and will love her forever.”

He added that he saw no remorse from Crosley.

Judge Martin reviewed documents Baughman submitted on Crosley’s home life as a child, and then Holtsclaw gave her a list of aggravating circumstances to consider when sentencing Crosley.

Holtsclaw specified a history of criminal behavior and a violated condition of pretrial release on another matter, noting that Crosley was wanted on a warrant at the time of his arrest for Wolfe’s murder.  He stressed that the attack on Wolfe was planned for days if not weeks and that the defendant not only did not change his mind in that time period, but also used his relationship with Wolfe to lure her to her death.

Holtsclaw reminded the court that Wolfe was driven to a remote area by two drug dealers, attacked and bound, and tormented with a bogeyman comment while fighting for her life.

“It’s the worst thing I’ve had to deal with in the 16 years I’ve been a prosecutor,” he stated.

Holtsclaw said he could not give a better reason for a life sentence than Beth Wolfe did, noting that Wolfe was essentially killed for sport or entertainment and that Crosley then kept the keys to her handcuffs as a souvenir.  He lamented the fact that he did not have the power to secure the death penalty for Crosley, despite attempting to do so, and again stated that despite having plenty of time, Crosley did not change his mind about following through with Wolfe’s murder.

Holtsclaw also said that while Crosley did admit his guilt, he did not have much choice in the matter due to the amount of evidence that would have been used against him in trial.  He then asked Martin to issue Crosley the maximum penalty allowed– 85 years of imprisonment.

Baughman, however, told Martin that the age of his client, the fact that Crosley has a child, and his client’s horrendous childhood should all be mitigating factors in his sentencing.

“There were things in that home that no child should have to go through,” he stated.

He also noted that a report from the probation department contained statements proving that Crosley showed remorse, and that Crosley took responsibility for his crime by admitting his guilt instead of putting Wolfe’s family through the long ordeal of a trial.  Baughman said any delay in his client taking responsibility was due to his own duty to first investigate the case.

Baughman then told the court that Crosley’s criminal history only consisted of a misdemeanor conviction and another matter that has not resulted in a conviction at all, and that he recommended a minimum sentence for the murder count.

Martin prepared to issue Crosley’s sentence by first addressing the Wolfe family.

“Most days I love my job,” she told the group.  “Today is not one of those, because no matter what I do, I can’t bring Katelyn back.”

Martin said she was sorry for the fact that no one could bring Wolfe back to them, before explaining that the purpose of the sentencing hearing was to consider all the circumstances of the case and decide what was appropriate for sentences.

She told Crosley that while it is true he is 25 and by no means elderly, he is also not ten and was old enough to know right from wrong at the time of his crime.  As to having a child who would grow up without a father, she stated, “It’s not because of me.  It’s because of what you did.”

Martin said that while she would give him some credit for admitting his guilt, he did so knowing that the prosecutor had an awfully good case against him.

“Even a very poor childhood does not give you an excuse or validation to take a human life,” she added before telling Crosley that the mitigating factor she had the most time agreeing with was his remorse.

She told Crosley that she had been watching him during his court appearances, and that the only time she saw him shed a tear was while his sister spoke during the sentencing hearing.

“You may be feeling bad,” she said, “but I have a sneaky suspicion it’s because you’re sitting there.”

Martin also noted that he has a criminal history and was participating in drugs at the time of his arrest– recalling the fact that he seemed to be proud when admitting to dealing drugs in his initial hearing.

She stated that the circumstances and extent of the crime, involving a plan that was thought up over an extended period of time, were very important factors for her, and likened his deliberations about how to rape and kill someone to an average person considering whether they would see a movie.

“That’s just scary,” she told Crosley before adding that targeting a friend who trusted him and discarding her in a body of water he had done some research on was another big aggravating factor.

Martin called it a cold, calculated scheme, and referred to the crime as evil in nature.

“It was a heinous offense that you thought about and thought about and did and then tried to cover up,” she said.

Martin then sentenced Crosley to within four years of the maximum sentence the law would allow, adding that the community is not safe with him on the streets.

Thursday Night Fight in Linton Allegedly Involved Knife

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Officers from the Linton Police Department arrested a 34-year-old man Thursday night after receiving a 911 text about a fight.

The text arrived shortly after 10 p.m. and reported that Linton resident John D. May was fighting with his girlfriend. Investigating Officer Sergeant Chad Crynes stated in a news release that he could hear the woman screaming before he entered the residence where the alleged altercation was taking place.

Upon entry, Crynes said he noticed that May was holding a knife and both May and the woman had blood on them.

After May was taken into custody, the woman reportedly said that he had become upset when he thought she had left. She reported to Crynes that May had grabbed her by the hair and held a knife to her, stating that he was going to kill her.

Detective Sergeant Josh Goodman and Officers Thomas Jerrels and Jason Wilson assisted with the investigation.

May is preliminarily charged with intimidation, a class C felony, battery, a class D felony, and criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor.

 

Final Candidate Filings

Sheriff

Michael L. Hasler, Republican

Walter Rannix Tinsley, Democrat

Josh Goodman, Democrat

Assessor

Willard Neill, Republican

Auditor

Ronald J. Hamilton, Democrat

Auditor Patty Baker, Republican

Clerk

Susan Fowler, Republican

Richland Township Trustee

Virgil O. Davis, Republican

Jo Ann Hanauer Carmichael, Republican

Jackie Winstead, Democrat

Coroner

Brian F. Gainey, Democrat

Anthony “Tony” Russell, Republican

George D. Ockerman, Republican

Sherri S. Wilson, Republican

Charles D. “Chuck” Gwyn, Democrat

Beech Creek Township Trustee

Gregory A. (Greg) Thacker, Republican

Richland 2 Precinct Committeman

Brian F. Gainey, Democrat

Richland Township Board

Randall L. Brown, Republican

Martin Burcham, Republican

Kenneth D. Mendenhall, Republican

Roger B. Doane, Democrat

County Council District 1

Joe Huntington, Republican

Taylor Township Board

John Fowler, Republican

George D. Ockerman, Republican

Cass Township Board

Lucas Sipes, Democrat

Rebecca Arthur, Democrat

Cass Township Trustee

Jack Johnson, Democrat

Superior Court Judge

Dena Benham Martin, Republican

Stockton Township Trustee

Donna Jean Smith, Democrat

Kathy Markle, Democrat

Recorder

Stuart A. Dowden, Republican

Darrell E. Arthur, Democrat

Commissioner District 3

Rick Graves, Republican

Wright Township Board

Nolan J. “Jack” Wilson, Democrat

Robert Boruff, Democrat

Jay B. Criss, Democrat

Highland Township Trustee

Brian Kollmeyer, Republican

Stockton Township Board

Shadley R. Cox, Democrat

Monty D. Harp, Democrat

George N. Skeel, Democrat

James A. Gregory, Democrat

Jerry L. Ellett, Democrat

Wright 2 Precinct Committeman

Peggy Anne Sluder, Democrat

Jefferson Township Trustee

Risa R. Dyar, Republican

Wright 3 Precinct Committeman

Roy L. Terrell, Sr., Democrat

County Council District 2

Michael E. Williams, Democrat

Kermit E. Holtsclaw, Democrat

Grant Township Trustee

Melonie Graves, Republican

Center 2 Precinct Committeman 

Kermit E. Holtsclaw, Democrat

State Delegate

Kermit E. Holtsclaw, Democrat

Willard Neill, Republican

Donald Otto Prow, Republican

Jackson Township Board

Buddy D. Fields, Republican

Paul A. (Buck) Cullison, Republican

County Council District 3

William (Hal) Harp, Democrat

Grant Precinct Committeman

Troy R. Jerrell, Democrat

Smith Township Trustee

Terry Blanton, Republican

Fairplay Township Trustee

Aleta Crowe, Republican

Jefferson Township Board

Charles A. Strickler, Republican

Jeffery (Jeff) Swedran, Republican

Janet S. Cox, Republican

Vern L. Spoor, Sr., Republican

Prosecuting Attorney

Jarrod D. Holtsclaw, Republican

Stockton 4 Precinct Committeman

Linda D. Bedwell, Democrat

Wright Township Trustee

Carolyn “Sue” Hubbell, Republican

Stockton 2 Precinct Committeman

Monty D. Harp, Democrat

Fairplay Township Board

Terry L. Koons, Democrat

Sharon A. Holtsclaw, Republican

Michael McKee, Republican

Fairplay Precinct Committeman

Terry L. Koons, Democrat

Stockton 6 Precinct Committeman

Tammy Wright, Democrat

Grant Township Board

Charles E. Hines, Republican

Keith J. Jones, Republican

Daniel L. Emery, Republican

Jackson Township Trustee

Sandy Fields, Democrat

Richland 3 Precinct Committeman

Randall Smith, Democrat

Center Township Board

Bernadene Holtsclaw, Democrat

Sharon McKinley, Democrat

Roscoe Raines, Democrat

Garry “Spec” Jackson, Republican

Beech Creek Township Board  

John C. Sherfield, Republican

William “Bill” Watkins, Republican

Larry L. Shute, Republican

Center Township Trustee

Steve Durham, Democrat

Stockton 3 Precinct Committeman  

Jeff Lehman, Democrat

Stockton 1 Precinct Committeman  

Kay A. Sullivan, Democrat

County Council District 4

Michael Riggleman, Democrat

Jonas Uland, Republican

Washington 2 Precinct Committeman  

Tom Taylor Robison, Democrat

Richland Township Board Roger B. Doane, Democrat

Stafford Township Trustee

Curtis Anderson, Republican

Wright 5 Precinct Committeman

Robert Boruff, Democrat

Republican

Taylor Township Trustee

Chuck Crouch, Republican

Worthington Town Board At Large

Malcom “Macky”Stahl, Republican

Tommy Cox, Republican

Stockton 5 Precinct Committeman  

Curtis Todd, Jr, Democrat

Highland Township Board  

Tyler Byers, Republican

Brad King, Republican

Washington Township Trustee

Jay Kaho, Republican

Washington Township Board

Scott Kaho, Republican

Tracy Hasler, Democrat

Stockton 7 Precinct Committeman

Dave Shaw, Democrat

Richland 1 Precinct Committeman

Mary Puntney, Democrat

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 Woman Accused of Driving in the Wrong Lane on Highway 54

Officers from the Linton Police Department arrested 52-year-old Andrea L. Shields shortly before 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Shields was pulled over for allegedly driving east in the westbound lane of Highway 54 in Linton. According to Investigating Officer Detective Sergeant Josh Goodman, her vehicle was all the way across the turning lane and was completely in the westbound lane, and continued to travel in the wrong lane as he initiated a traffic stop. Goodman noted that Shields traveled a significant distance before noticing the lights and sirens, but finally pulled over near the Linton City Park.

Shields allegedly failed two field sobriety tests before refusing to complete the third. Goodman said she did, however, consent to a chemical test. Following that test she was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated in a manner that endangers a person, a class A misdemeanor, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a class C misdemeanor.

Officer Jason Wilson and Sergeant Chad Crynes assisted with the investigation.

 

Stephen Reichart Arrested after Allegedly Leaving the Scene of an Accident

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Linton resident Stephen O. Reichart, 65, was taken into custody last Friday night after officers from the Linton Police Department were called to the corner of E Street NE and 1st Street.

When Investigating Officer Nick Yingling arrived he located a vehicle that had been struck. The vehicle’s owner told him the truck that hit her vehicle traveled towards the school. Detective Sergeant Josh Goodman and Officer Jason Wilson located the vehicle in a driveway.

Reichart was taken into custody and allegedly admitted to hitting the other vehicle. A field sobriety test was administered, and Reichart was preliminarily charged with three counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and one count of leaving the scene of an accident.

 

Linton Man Accused of Operating Vehicle While Intoxicated

A vehicle slide off in the Linton area early Sunday morning resulted in a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Nathaniel Lancaster, 21, slid off the road on County Road 75 North at around 2:43 a.m.

Investigating Officer Deputy Jeff Brown, of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage and administered field sobriety testing and a chemical test.

Lancaster was preliminarily charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, with an alleged blood alcohol content level of .16.

Linton Police Department Detective Sergeant Josh Goodman and Officer Harry Hovey assisted Brown with the investigation.

 

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. 

 

Dugger Man Rolls Vehicle Due to Black Ice

The Linton Police Department responded to a traffic accident caused by black ice on Saturday night.

Around 9 p.m., Jordan B. Jackson, 27, was driving west on Highway 54, through a curve with a steep grade. According to a release from the LPD, Jackson told Investigating Officer Detective Sergeant Josh Goodman that his 1989 Chevrolet pickup slid on the ice and struck the curb, causing the vehicle to roll onto its side.

The pickup hit the curb on the north side of the roadway and rolled onto its side facing the opposite direction it had initially been travelling in.

Goodman noted that the entire roadway was covered with black ice and that it was difficult to stand, walk, or drive in the area.

The driver’s side of the pickup was damaged and the vehicle was towed from the scene.

 

Sheriff Candidate Joshua Goodman: Message to the Community

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Hello,

As many of you may know I recently announced my candidacy as a Republican for Greene County Sheriff. The decision to run on the Republican ticket was influenced in large part by the support I have received from members of the Republican Party. Much of this support came from past and present office holders who feel a need for change and believe that I can deliver that change. Since announcing my candidacy, I have received a great deal of support from members of the Democrat Party as well.

I recently learned through the media that the Republican Party Chairman has reversed her decision to allow me to run as a Republican candidate. While her latest decision came as a surprise, I will not let it or politics deter me from seeking to become your next Sheriff.

I have never been one who dreamed of being a politician. I have and will always be a Police Officer at heart. Law Enforcement is my passion and my love for the job is evident in the quality of my work and the dedication with which I serve. For me, it is less about politics and more about being the best and most qualified for the job. This belief, coupled with the level of support that I have received from members of both parties, has led me to seek the Office of Sheriff as a Democrat.

I understand that some of you may have questions or concerns. If so, I would encourage you to contact me or visit my Facebook page at Josh Goodman for Greene County Sheriff. I would be happy to discuss my candidacy with you at any time. Thank you for your time and I would appreciate your support.

Joshua L. Goodman

Updated: GOP Chair Declines Goodman’s Application to Run for Sheriff

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Greene County Republican Party Chairman Pamela Yoho has decided not to approve Detective Sergeant Josh Goodman’s request to run for sheriff as a member of the Republican Party. Yoho cited Goodman’s voting record as the reason for her decision.

“The last primary that he voted in was 2007 and he voted in the primary as a democrat, so according to state statute and the law, I would have to sign off on him to run as a republican. On the Declaration of Candidacy it clearly says that I have to certify that he is affiliated with the Republican Party and because of his voting record I cannot certify that he is affiliated with the party, so on those grounds I am not signing off on him,” she explained.

Yoho noted that she took many factors into consideration when making this decision, and that she feels it is in the best interests of the party.

Goodman said this will not change his decision to run for sheriff, and he will now be pursuing the democratic nomination.

 

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.

Detective Sergeant Josh Goodman Announces Candidacy for Greene County Sheriff

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Linton Police Department Detective Sergeant Josh Goodman is excited to announce his candidacy for the office of Greene County Sheriff in 2014. He is a lifelong resident of Greene County and currently resides north of Linton with his wife Danielle and their nine-year-old son Cameron. Danielle is also a lifelong resident of Greene County and has spent the last ten years teaching at Linton Elementary School.

Goodman began his law enforcement career shortly after high school, at which time he attended and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

He has specialized training and experience in the areas of: homicide, child abuse, burglaries, violent crimes, gun crimes, property crimes, interview and interrogation techniques, cybercrime investigations, drug trafficking, tactical operations, forensic interviewing for crimes against children, and surveillance techniques. He has extensive training and experience in the field of narcotics investigation and undercover operations, and he has testified as an expert in numerous court proceedings. He is a former K-9 handler, and he serves as an instructor in the areas of narcotics and scenario-based training.

While serving his community for over a decade, he has been an active member of the South Central Narcotics Strike Force, a multi-agency, multi-county drug enforcement initiative. He is also an active member of the Fraternal Order of Police and a past president of the lodge.

In 2007, Goodman, in cooperation with the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office, founded the Greene County Drug Task Force. He has served as the Task Force Director since its formation. As Director, he has coordinated the efforts of multiple local, state, and federal agencies to successfully investigate serious crimes in Greene County. These investigations have resulted in numerous arrests and convictions, both in state and federal courts.

As a lifelong resident of Greene County, Goodman is dedicated to keeping citizens safe in their homes and in our community.

“If elected Sheriff, I will work to establish strong working relationships between the Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies to improve cooperation in emergency responses and criminal investigations. In a county as large as ours, with the limited manpower available, I know that everyone has to work together to provide effective protection for our citizens,” Goodman promised when announcing his candidacy.

Goodman said he will lead a team of highly trained professionals committed to being proactive in the field of criminal investigations with a goal of crime reduction and prevention. As Sheriff, he vows to be in your communities, listening to your concerns and working hard to deliver results.

“I look forward to further sharing my vision for the Sheriff’s Department in the coming weeks and months. I would like to thank all of those who have encouraged and supported my decision to seek election as Sheriff, as well as those who will do so in the future. I would be honored to be your Sheriff, and I am asking for your support and your vote,” Goodman stated, adding that he is a proactive leader with proven results.