Citywide Power Outage on Saturday

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Edit: From a comment on Facebook and the Greene County Daily World, it looks like the time has been changed to 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

According to a post on the Linton Police Department’s Facebook Page, we will have “a city wide power outage Saturday, April 2, 2016, at approximately 11:30 p.m”

There will be a city wide power outage Saturday, April 2, 2016, at approximately 11:30 p.m. The power outage will…

Posted by Linton Police Dept on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Citywide Power Outage on Saturday

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Edit: From a comment on Facebook and the Greene County Daily World, it looks like the time has been changed to 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

According to a post on the Linton Police Department’s Facebook Page, we will have “a city wide power outage Saturday, April 2, 2016, at approximately 11:30 p.m”

There will be a city wide power outage Saturday, April 2, 2016, at approximately 11:30 p.m. The power outage will…

Posted by Linton Police Dept on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Linton Police February 16

The Linton Police Department’s report for the weekend included one special details/presentations, seven assisting the public, four interviews, six traffic stops, one animal complaint, one civil paper service, four suspicious vehicles/people, one welfare check, two reckless drivers, one parole violation, two child custody’s, five assist to other departments, three warrant services, one burglary, three thefts/shoplifting, one attempted suicide, one fraud, three bank/residential alarms, one fight in progress, one property damage accident, one shooting complaint, one threat, one battery, and one intimidation.

Linton Police February 13

The Linton Police Department’s report for Thursday included one bank/residential alarm, two animal complaints, two assisting the public, one domestic dispute, one interview, one special detail/presentation, one suspicious vehicle/people, three thefts/shoplifting, four traffic stops, and one welfare check.

Linton Police February 12

The Linton Police Department’s report for Wednesday included one animal complaint, one assist to other departments, three assisting the public, one extra patrol, one fight in progress, two harassments, one reckless driver, one suspicious vehicle/people, two traffic stops, one warrant service, and one welfare check.

Linton Police February 11

The Linton Police Department’s report for Tuesday included four assisting the public, one battery, one intimidation, one juvenile complaint, one attempted suicide, two suspicious vehicles/people, one theft/shoplifting, three traffic stops, and one transport by law/ems.

Linton Police February 10

The Linton Police Department’s report for Monday included one property damage accident, two animal complaints, one assist to other departments, six assisting the public, one ems, one harassment, one suspicious vehicle/people, one threat, and two transports by law/ems.

Linton Police February 9

The Linton Police Department’s report for the weekend included seven traffic stops, one transport by law/ems, six assisting the public, three thefts/shoplifting, one repo, eight welfare checks, two animal complaints, three suspicious vehicles/people, four property damage accidents, one EMS, one fire, one threat, four assist to other departments, two fights in progress, one juvenile complaint, one reckless driver, one bank/residential alarm, one noise complaint, one domestic dispute, and one missing person.

Linton Police February 6

The Linton Police Department’s report for Thursday included one property damage accident, seven assisting the public, one domestic dispute, one ems, one interview, one theft/shoplifting, one traffic stop, and one transport by law/ems.

Linton Police February 5

The Linton Police Department’s report for Wednesday included one abandoned vehicle, one assist to other departments, two assisting the public, one criminal mischief/mailbox, one drugs, one harassment, one interview, one suspicious vehicle/people, one theft/shoplifting, one title check, four traffic stops, one transport by law/ems, and one welfare check.

Lewis Woman Allegedly Spits on Officer

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Misty D. Moyer, 30, of Lewis, is facing a level 6 felony charge of battery against a public safety officer.

Linton Police Officer Nicholas B. Yingling was dispatched to a Linton business on Feb. 2, where a woman was reportedly acting strangely. When Yingling arrived, Moyer was allegedly staggering and had slurred speech.

Yingling reported that he took Moyer to the police station to speak privately. On the way, he stated that she was talking about people who were going to shoot her. She also allegedly asked Yingling if he was going to shoot her.

Moyer reportedly said she did not want to go home, and tried to open the door to jump out. When they arrived at the police department, Moyer allegedly asked for water, took a drink and spit it on Yingling.

She was then transported to the Greene County Jail. She bonded out on Feb. 5.

Linton Police February 4

The Linton Police Department’s report for Tuesday included six assisting the public, two interviews, one property, one reckless driver, one sex offense, and two suspicious vehicles/people.

Linton Police February 3

The Linton Police Department’s report for Monday included four assisting the public, one criminal mischief/mailbox, one drugs, two suspicious vehicles/people, and one title check.

Linton Police February 2

The Linton Police Department’s report for the weekend included three assisting the public, eleven traffic stops, four thefts/shoplifting, one bank/residential alarm, two property damage accidents, one assist to other departments, one fight in progress, three suspicious vehicles/people, two interviews, two warrant services, one abandoned vehicle, two reckless drivers, one animal complaint, one attempted suicide, one domestic dispute, and one noise complaint.

Linton Council Discusses Possible Loss of Business Personal Property Tax Revenue

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The Linton City Council met Monday evening, and once again the possible loss of business personal property tax income was a hot item on the agenda. Mayor John Wilkes noted that State Representative Matt Ubelhor was supposed to be at the meeting.

“I had a meeting with him a few weeks ago on this business personal property tax and he could not convince me that what the legislature is doing is right,” Wilkes explained. “He couldn’t prove to me that they were going to give us a revenue stream that would replace that money they’re going to be taking from the business personal property taxes.”

The mayor said Ubelhor agreed to attend the council meeting to explain the matter to attendees, but although the city sent him an invitation and a reminder he did not respond or show up at City Hall.

“I thank all the policemen and the firemen for coming out tonight, because their jobs are on the line if they are cutting all of these monies out of the personal property tax,” said Wilkes, adding that he still encourages everyone to contact their legislators and the governor, to let them know that the city needs that revenue.

Council President Jathan Wright reminded everyone that the council had to make a tough vote last year, after property tax caps necessitated the downsizing of both the police and fire departments.

“Now we have this breathing down our neck, and we’re not wanting to put our public safety at risk at all … Everybody contact your legislators and tell them,” he urged. “This is not a Democrat issue and this is not a Republican issue, it’s a community issue and it’s a matter of survival for our community.”

He added that it is something everybody should be passionate about.

“I’ll be truthful,” said Wilkes. “If this one passes, we will lose more money off of this one than we did off of the other one and we cannot have that. They just cannot keep doing that to us.”

He noted that legislators are trying to give communities options, but that the options are no good.

“One of them is to have local option income taxes controlled by the county, but we already have that. [Police Chief Troy Jerrell] and I were in a meeting over our 911 and we threw that out on the table to get them to put the local option income tax on– this was with our county council. Absolutely not– we’re not going to impose any more taxes. Well, I don’t like taxes either, but we have to have services and take care of our roads and take care of our people,” the mayor stated.

Council Member Linda Bedwell pointed out that the tax cuts would affect the city’s library and school, and Linton-Stockton Teacher Dan Thorlton stated that the school is struggling.

“We aren’t,” he clarified. “Our children are.”

Fire Chief Brad Sparks mentioned the two fire-related fatalities Sullivan has recently endured, and said that no one wants to see that happen in Linton.

“We had a shooting two or three weeks ago right here in town,” he continued. “That’s what this is going to affect. The roads have seen tremendous troubles this year with the weather being so bad, and that’s where that money comes from– those taxes.”

In other business, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cheryl Hamilton presented the city with a check for the park fund.

“The Chamber does the motocross out at the Conservation Club on city property. We have a lease with them, and every year they bring us a check from the profits they make off of that. So we appreciate it,” Wilkes explained.

Tom Densford told the council that the Indiana Railroad would like to finalize a discussion that started ten years ago. He said that as far as he could tell, there was an agreement between the city and the railroad to transfer ground to the city to be used as an access road. The railroad wanted two crossings closed between 7th and 8th street.

Densford said those things were done, but the paperwork was never completed to convey the property to the city. He noted that when the railroad and Wilkes began discussions again late last year, the city wanted to extend the strip of ground to 12th street, partly in order to improve the road to the electrical substation.

The railroad has requested that the city consider closing two additional crossings at 4th and 2nd Streets SW. He said the railroad wants this done because of pressure from INDOT and the Federal Regulatory Authorities to close as many crossings as possible.

“Indiana rates among the lowest in the country at crossing safety,” Densford explained. “That [means] they rate among the highest in the country at railroad crossing accidents including fatalities.”

INDOT has money available through a grant program, which could be paid to the city to be deposited in the general fund. INDOT estimates the city would receive about $30,000 for the closings of both crossings.

The public will be asked to provide input on the subject before any closures occur.

Sparks pointed out that a closure on 2nd street could cause a problem for emergency personnel.

“If we’ve got a train across the tracks here and we’ve got to get emergency personnel across down here, obviously we’re not going to be the only ones who are going to be crossing there. There is going to be other traffic smart enough to know, ‘Hey, we’ve got a shortcut and we’re going to go over here’. If we’re trying to drive a fire truck down the side roads, it [isn’t] going to happen.”

The mayor said he will get a traffic count for that road, and the council agreed to take a look at the matter before discussing it further.

Bedwell presented an “Attagirl Award” to Jerrie Thuis, a CVS employee who Bedwell credited with helping save a citizen from a scam that could have cost the woman thousands of dollars.

“With me, it’s not all about picking up trash sometimes,” Bedwell noted. “There’s a lot more important things that go on here in Linton, and one of them is taking care of our own. That’s what we do in Linton.”

Wilkes explained that Council Member Fred Markle first introduced the “Attagirl” and “Attaboy” awards to recognize outstanding citizens.

The council approved several invoices and change orders for the wastewater plant, including:

  • A $3,200 SIDC invoice
  • An $80,933.40 Graves Plumbing invoice
  • An $8,707.42 Graves Plumbing change order
  • A $10,375.90 Insituform change order
  • A $84,566.58 Insituform invoice
  • A $4,811.10 Insituform invoice

Linton Police March 10

The Linton Police Department’s report for the weekend included two records checks, two medical/extractions, three follow-up investigations, five information only calls, one fight, two juvenile/delinquents, four after-hours utility calls, one custody dispute/exchange, one structure fire, two personal injury accidents, one property damage accident, one funeral escort, one lost and found, four medical/illness calls, one alarm, four suspicious vehicles/persons, three assists to other agencies, one harassment complaint, one child abuse/molest/neglect call, two possibly intoxicated drivers, one reckless driver, one extra patrol, one theft/other, one theft of a bicycle, one welfare check/concern, one fingerprinting for a gun permit, one arrest on a warrant, two domestic disputes, two community relations calls, and ten traffic stops.

Linton Police March 6

The Linton Police Department’s report for Wednesday included one information only call, two after-hours utility calls, one custody dispute or exchange, one structure fire, one missing or runaway juvenile, two personal injury accidents, two property damage accidents, one disabled or stranded vehicle, one welfare check or concern, one fingerprinting for a gun permit, and three traffic stops.

 

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.

Linton Resident Arrested after Alleged Altercation in Motel Room

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Jordan M. Sharp was arrested last Friday on a warrant that was issued the previous day.

At around 6 a.m. on Feb. 25, Linton Police Department Officer Paul Clark responded to Allen’s Motel in Linton. He met with Sharp’s girlfriend, who told him that she and Sharp had been out drinking the night before, and that she had returned to their motel room alone and gone to sleep. The woman stated that an intoxicated Sharp woke her up by entering the room and accusing her of infidelity before taking her phone.

She said that when she tried to keep Sharp from taking her phone he grabbed her from behind and put his arm across her neck, choking her. She stated that she could not breathe and that he also struck her in the face with a closed fist, which caused her nose to bleed.

Sharp allegedly struck her in the side of her abdomen, as well, and caused damage to the room and property inside of it before taking the woman’s phone and leaving.

Clark stated in a probable cause affidavit that he called the number of the phone the woman reported stolen and reached a man who identified himself as Sharp. The man said he was at a friend’s residence and was injured because of being battered by the woman. He allegedly admitted to taking her phone and agreed to explain the incident at the police department, but never did so.

Sharp, 26, is charged with theft, a class D felony, strangulation, a class D felony, and battery resulting in bodily injury, a class A misdemeanor.

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.

Linton Police March 3

The Linton Police Department’s report for the weekend included one medical/extraction, two follow-up investigations, three information only calls, two lifting assistances, one fight, one vandalism, one shot fired, one civil complaint, two public intoxications, one brush fire, one personal injury accident, one property damage accident, two funeral escorts, three medical/illness calls, three alarms, three animal complaints, two suspicious vehicles/persons, four assists to other agencies, one harassment complaint, one traffic control, one extra patrol, four thefts/other, four disabled or stranded vehicles, one welfare check/concern, one fingerprinting for a gun permit, one warrant arrest, one arson, one domestic/neighbor call, one open door or garage, and five traffic stops.

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

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

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

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

No further information will be available until that time.

Linton Police February 28

The Linton Police Department’s report for Thursday included one trespassing, one follow-up investigation, two disorderly conducts, two structure fires, one funeral escort, three medical/illness calls, one animal complaint, two thefts/other, one animal or debris in the roadway, two disabled/stranded vehicles, one fingerprinting for a gun permit, one domestic dispute, and three traffic stops.

 

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.