Clinton to start big mine project next week

CLINTON, Ind. (WTHI) – An important project in Clinton, Indiana will begin Monday.

The Department of Natural Resources will be working on an old mine shaft that was found in Sportland Park.

Water has been pouring from the shaft since its discovery, and the city has a temporary fix in place.

The DNR will come in, close the shaft, and keep it from flooding the park.

“Hopefully, it’s not going to take them but two to three weeks, and they should be out of there. It all depends on the weather. But it’ll be a lot better because there’s been a lot of ponding down there, and we’re going to address those issues,” Clinton Mayor Jack Gilfoy said.

Mayor Gilfoy said most of the standing water they’ll address can be found near the playground.

The city is also looking at grant money to purchase new playground equipment.

Major road project underway in Clinton


CLINTON, Ind. (WTHI) - Motorists who travel through Clinton know this all too well: State Road 163 is pretty beat up.

That’s why its welcome news in “Little Italy” that INDOT plans to resurface the highway.

“They said it needed paved last year.  They just didn’t have the funding, and this year they said they could secure the funding to do it,” said Mayor Jack Gilfoy.

This is a major project that will span the entire city.  And after some minor delays, work on the project is underway.

INDOT will resurface 163 from State Road 63 to the Wabash River bridge. Once milling gets underway, motorists will see an increase in lane restrictions.  So the project will cause traffic delays and the mayor says alternate routes will be in use.

“Wabash Valley Asphalt will be using flaggers and they will be rerouting people over to Walnut of Blackmon Streets to get over to main to get access to the river bridge.  I believe they’re going to try and keep one lane open at all times, but it’s still going to create quite a bit of traffic congestion during this period,” said Mayor Gilfoy.

An INDOT spokesperson says they don’t have a specific date on when resurfacing will begin, but it will be soon.

Gilfoy says the project will be complete sometime in July or August.  That means it will be wrapped just in time for the Little Italy Festival coming up on Labor Day weekend.

Mayor Gilfoy says the city will also replace some water lines along the highway.  He also says the city is finalizing its list of which city streets will be resurfaced.

Child found safe in Linton

LINTON, Ind. (WTHI) -5:52 PM: Selena Stevenson has been found.

Officials report several minutes after Linton Police sent out an Alert, she was located walking down a side street in town heading home. She had been out playing with friends and is now home and safe.


5:30 PM: Officials report Selena normally rides the bus home, but today she never got onto the school bus after seen leaving the school.

Linton Police are still concerned about her welfare and would ask ANYONE with any information contact the department.


The Linton Police Department is asking for you help locating a missing child.

Selena Stevenson, 10, has long blonde hair and is wearing purple shoes, blue jeans and a blue shirt.

She was last seen leaving school around 3 p.m. today.

Officials are asking to take immediate action if she is seen: Contact the Linton Police Department at (812) 847-4411 or call 9-1-1.

They are also asking for anyone with information to call the Linton Police Department.

Gov. Pence appealing denial of FEMA aid

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

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

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

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The appeal would cover the following counties:

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

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

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

State Rep’s Comments Upset Valley Superintendent


CLINTON, Ind. (WTHI)- Comments from a state representative questioning the results of public school teacher evaluations have many in education very upset.

The results show most teachers are effective, but Representative Robert Behning said that’s unrealistic.

South Vermillion High School Biology class students are under the careful watch of Mrs. Terry. She and 95 percent of her South Vermillion colleagues rated effective by principal like Levi Yowell.

The numbers don’t surprise Superintendent David Chapman.  “I think we’ve got a great group of teachers.”

South Vermillion’s numbers nearly mirror statewide evaluation results.  97 percent of the Indiana’s public school teachers were rated as either effective or highly effective.

State Representative Robert Behning is the chair of the House Education Committee.  He’s also instrumental in passing a more stringent teacher evaluation system.

“It’s good to think that everyone would be in those two categories.  I think it’s probably not realistic,” said Behning.

The comments upset Chapman, to say the least.  “Again, it’s the whole issue of public education getting a slap in the face.  We keep getting told or asked to do more and more, and as we do that we keep getting slapped more and more.”

Chapman stated South Vermillion teachers support evaluations.  In fact, he credits the process with helping teachers become more effective and giving them goals to achieve in the classroom.

And his message to lawmakers, like Behning, who questions these results?  Come out of the statehouse and come to class.

“You’re going to see things going on that, ‘yeah, that’s what we want.  That’s what we expect.’  It’s not a dog and pony show.  It’s reality,” said Chapman.

Evaluation results are based, in part, on student test performance.  How much test results played a role in a teacher’s evaluation is up to each school district.  Behning wants to see some of that local control taken away.

Linton man arrested after leaving scene of fire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Powell is being held at the Greene County Jail.

Motel has DOC contract to house sex offenders


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more, click here.

Indiana denied FEMA aid for Jan. storms

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

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

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

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

The counties that applied on March 6 include:

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

Indiana plans to appeal the decision.

Accident involving CSX train in Vincennes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline for tornado aide near


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The date to file for a tornado loan for last November’s storms is fast approaching.

The deadline to file for disaster relief loans from the US Small Business Administration is April 7th.

The SBA declared select counties to be eligible for loans due to the November tornadoes and severe storms.

Among those counties are Daviess, Fountain, Greene, Knox, Martin, Parke and Vermillion.

Disaster loan information can be found online at this link.

You can also call the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or email them at

U.S. Marshals find missing Greene County teen

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

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

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

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

He is scheduled for an arraignment hearing tomorrow in Louisville.

Jasonville man served city 34 years

JASONVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) – One man served his last day as a public servant last week.

Rick Van Horn started as a reserve officer in Jasonville in 1979. He was then appointed Chief of Police for Jasonville in April of 1984.

After 34 years serving the city, Van Horn decided to retire. His last day of service was March 14.

Last week, Van Horn’s family surprised him with a tribute to his years of service. Hundreds of friends, coworkers, family and other law enforcement gathered for a surprise retirement party.

But he’s still keeping with his oath to protect and serve by joining the Greene County Hospital as a Public Safety Officer.

Documents show Irsay battled Rx drug abuse for decades

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Still, Irsay seemed to have embraced that recovery.

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

Linton says that admission is key to recovery.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Then, in December, he addressed the issue again.

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

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

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

Wolfe murder trial finally comes to a close

GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – UPDATE 5:15 PM One of the most heinous murder trials Greene County has ever seen came to a close Tuesday.

A judge sentenced Jordan Buskirk for his part in the murder of Linton teen, Katelyn Wolfe. It’s a case that the prosecution is glad to see finished. It started with the disappearance of 19-year-old Katelyn Wolfe in June of 2013.

Eventually Buskirk and Randall Crosley confessed to her abduction and murder. Crosley heard his fate earlier in March with a sentence of 81 years in prison.

Tuesday, families of Wolfe and Buskirk sat in court awaiting Buskirk’s sentencing. Emotions ran high as police testified how Buskirk and Crosley planned to abduct, rape and murder someone.

They would eventually target Wolfe.

Tuesday, Wolfe’s family took the stand. Perhaps the most gripping moment was when Wolfe’s aunt asked Buskirk directly, “How did it feel to kill Katelyn?”

Buskirk simply shook his head and broke into tears. He said the murder tears him apart and he deserves his punishment. He repeatedly said he was sorry to both his family and Wolfe’s.

Eventually the judge did make her ruling. She sentenced Buskirk to 81 years in prison. It’s an identical sentence to what she gave to Randall Crosley.

Like Crosley, she also said Buskirk was a “danger to the community.”

“I’ve thought about this case everyday since it began, and again there is some sense of relief now that it’s over,” Greene County Prosecutor Jarrod Holtsclaw said.

Because of a prior deposition, the maximum sentence Buskirk could have faced was 85 years.

Both Buskirk and Crosley can appeal their sentencing.

UPDATE 12 PM Jordan Buskirk appeared in court Tuesday morning for sentencing in the murder of 19-year-old Katelyn Wolfe. He was also sentenced to 81 years just like Randal Crosley on March 4th.

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


UPDATE: Accident on Interstate 70 involving ambulance

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

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

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

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

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

There were no patients on board.

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

State Parks and Reservoirs seeking lifeguards

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

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

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

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

The applicant must score at least 70 percent.

A link to the test and information for both first-year and returning candidates on how to apply are available at

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

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

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

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

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


Early morning fatal accident in Greene County

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

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

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

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

Stines was uninjured.

United At Last: Military man and dog start civilian duties

BLOOMFIELD, Ind. (WTHI) – After a slough of paperwork, a bit of military red tape, and a trip that would take them around the globe and back, Bloomfield, Indiana played home Thursday for the reuniting of an Air Force Veteran, and his military dog.

The duo, which worked together on numerous missions while serving in Iraq, separated following that assignment. For Harvey Holt, the dog’s handler, he would eventually make it his personal mission to get Jjackson back by his side; only this time for a different purpose. That purpose, to allow the dog to lead a civilian life.

That mission was marked complete Thursday, as a crowd gathered around the Greene County Courthouse Square to welcome a squadron of Bloomfield City Police, Greene County Sheriff’s Deputies, and a well represented motorcycle group of The American Legion Riders Post 196. The team would lead the campaign in parade style, around the city blocks of the Courthouse to the American Legion.

But this mission didn’t start as one that may returned a positive result.

“The Military did promise me that if they put him down that they would fly me out, let me fly out and say my goodbyes, cause I never got to give him a proper goodbye,” said Holt.

That goodbye would never happen. As a whirlwind of people worked their way around Courthouse, to a nearby parking lot, Holt and Jjackson stood by and talked about their trip back to Indiana. Getting home, for the most part, was the easy part. The trip was delayed earlier in the week due to inclement weather. But, according to Holt, that made the trip that much better.

“I’m shaking now. I still can’t wait to get him home and have one-on-one time with him,” he added.

However, there’s still work to be done. Holt said that Jjackson would likely need surgery on a hind leg, which could possibly result in an amputation; weather permitting, Holt would also need to build a dog kennel for his battle buddy.

“He’ll be 11 on the 3rd of June,” said Holt.

Amid the downtown scramble, and people anxiously awaiting Jjackson and Harvey’s arrival, one onlooker was making sure that the homecoming would be one not to forget.

Terri Wilson, a woman who helped get people buzzing about the homecoming walked the Courthouse Yard handing out American Flags with a friend.

“To me the K9 unit is the same to me as a veteran and I think we all just need to support the K9 unit as much as we would an officer,” said Wilson. “I just think it’s a real emotional thing for the community to come together for something like this.”

Holt said Jjackson’s first mission as a civilian dog would be to learn to get along with his [Holt's] other animals. Nonetheless, a friendship that started in battle, and ended with love.


Linton death ruled suicide by coroner

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

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

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

They found Jarman on the back porch with a handgun.

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

Jarman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Crosley sentenced to 81 years


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

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

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

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

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

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

Crosley had no response.

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

Then, Superior Court Judge Dena Martin made her decision.

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

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

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

Meanwhile, Buskirk is scheduled for sentencing on March 18.

One dead in Linton after refusing to give up handgun

LINTON, Ind. (WTHI) – One man is dead in Linton after refusing to give up his handgun.

Officers responded to a suicidal subject Friday night around 6:00 p.m. That was at 420 SW J Street in Linton.

They found 48-year-old James Jarman on the back porch of the residence with a handgun. He wouldn’t give the handgun to officials.

When Officers attempted to negotiate with Jarman, there was a conflict and shots were fired.

Jarman was pronounced dead at the scene. Family has been notified.

We will continue to follow this story, and bring you more information as it becomes available.

Officers from Indiana State Police, Linton Police Department and the Greene County Sheriffs Department responded.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

No further information will be available until that time.

Military Vet works to get special partner home

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

That dog’s name was Jjackson.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Shooting in northern Parke County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This story will be updated as details become available.

Clinton’s Feather Creek finished

CLINTON, Ind. (WTHI) — Finally, homeowners in Clinton – especially those living alongside Feather Creek – can stop losing sleep over an age-old threat of flooding.

“We’ve had a lot of flooding here from this creek and it’s devastated people,” Jack Gilfoy, the mayor of Clinton, said Friday morning. “They’ve lost their homes, their cars and their belongings. And it’s just a great thing to see it done! I’m glad for the citizens of Clinton, I think that’s a good thing for them.”

Gilfoy said he’s confident the banks of Feather Creek will hold any impending spring rainfall, in addition to the melting snow and ice. He said the only real threat of flooding would be a backup in the Wabash River, to the tune of taking the mighty Wabash to dangerous depths of at least 26 feet.

Mayor Gilfoy said the Wabash River, currently at roughly 19 feet, is expected to crest on Sunday.

Gilfoy said making Feather Creek flood-proof is a costly project that’s been talked about since 1939. But Gilfoy said it turns out, the new-and-improved Feather Creek, designed entirely by the Army Corps of Engineers, could ultimately see the city of Clinton getting some money back from the project.

Potholes annoying, pricey

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – It’s been said two things in life are certain:  death and taxes. Wabash Valley drivers know they will also inevitably face potholes, a by-product of this nasty winter weather.

“There are many, many, many potholes,” acknowledged Brad Miller, director of Terre Haute’s city street department.

Miller reassured folks in Terre Haute his crews are patching potholes as quickly as they can.

“Everyone that we can spare is out patching potholes,” he said. “And will continue to patch potholes as long as it’s not snowing, ice or anything like that.”

And the only thing worse than a pothole is a pothole filled with water, Miller pointed out. Those potholes are deceptive to drivers; they also hinder the work of patch crews, who should technically be emptying the giant craters of water before adding in the temporary fix.

“It will always be a temporary fix! I mean, there’s no permanent patch,” Miller admitted. “That’s why it’s called a patch, because it’s not going to be permanent.”

Brad Miller reminded Terre Haute city residents they can report potholes by dialing 3-1-1 from their cell phone or home phone.

Giant potholes are not only uncomfortable and unsightly, they can do some serious damage to a person’s car, truck or SUV.

“This time of year, we get a lot of people in with tire damage and rim damage that we have to repair,” said Jason Wetzel, general manager of the 500 Automotive Group in Clinton.

“Sometimes, it can be a simple as a tire, but when you get into some of the suspension repairs they can be several hundred dollars and be quite costly,” said Matt Haymaker, service manager at 500.

Haymaker was able to show News 10 an example of a costly casualty of roadway potholes.

“This is a wheel off of a (GMC) Yukon, and the driver was on I-70 when this happened,” Haymaker said, pointing out the silver dollar-sized hole in the silver rim. “And, as you can see, the impact just destroyed this wheel!”