Two Arrested in Clay County for Drugs, Handgun Possession

Clay County Sheriff's Office in Brazil, Ind.

Jami Busbin, 45, and Denton Pate, 47, were arrested Feb. 10 for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a syringe and possession of a handgun without a license.

Clay County Sheriff’s deputies received a call that there was a vehicle parked in the road in the Harmony area, and that the female driver had gotten out of the car. Busbin was allegedly seen throwing trash on the ground and striking her passenger, before driving off quickly.

Officers spotted the vehicle, traveling westward on County Road 900 North, near County Road 100 East, and conducted a traffic stop. They allegedly saw Busbin and Pate trying to hide some items, which turned out to be drug paraphernalia and a small bag containing methamphetamine.

Brazil City Police K-9 Unit was called in to assist in searching the vehicle. Additional items found included several bags of methamphetamine, marijuana, paraphernalia and a loaded 32-caliber handgun.

Busbin and Pate were transported to the Clay County Jail. Bond for Busbin was set at $10,000 and bond for Pate was set at $25,000.

Bloomington Man Arrested on Drug Charges in Bloomfield

Shane Walters

Shane A. Walters, 39, of Bloomington, is facing charges of possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 felony; possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor.

Bloomfield Police Deputy Marshal Marvin C. Holt was dispatched to a Bloomfield business at around 4:30 a.m. Feb. 4 after a possible physical altercation was reported. The store clerk reportedly told Holt, when he arrived, that she thought she saw Walters hit the woman he was arguing with.

The clerk told Holt that Walters and the woman had gone into their motel room, so Holt went to investigate. He stated that a woman answered the door and said there had been an argument, but nothing physical. Holt reportedly checked the room, and there was no male present, but there were “personal items thrown on the floor.”

The woman allegedly said that Walters had left on foot. When deputies arrived to secure the area, Holt stated that he went looking for Walters in town and found him in a convenience store. From his car, he observed Walters going into the restroom, and he entered the store.

The clerk reportedly told Holt that Walters had been behaving strangely, and had bought something, then returned to the restroom twice. According to his probable cause affidavit, Holt waited 15 minutes by the checkout counter before finally knocking on the restroom door and telling Walters he needed to come out.

Walters allegedly said he would be out in a few minutes. Holt stated that he asked the clerk if the restroom had been cleaned recently. She reportedly told him it had, about an hour earlier, and very few people had been in it since.

Deputies Bobby Pierce and Zach Goad had also arrived at that point. When Walters finally exited the restroom, Pierce and Holt patted him down, while Goad went in to check the trash can, toilet and sink.

During the patdown, Holt reported, Pierce found a bulge in Waters’s pocket, which turned out to be a plastic bag containing marijuana, and a short straw that contained a white substance. Walters allegedly claimed the residue was from prescription pills he had ingested.

Goad reportedly found a syringe and two yellow pills that were later confirmed to be valium in the trash can. The syringe contained a clear liquid, and Walters allegedly said he was not sure if it was methamphetamine or heroin.

It was reportedly later determined that Walters did not have a prescription for the valium, and that the substance in the syringe was methamphetamine. Walters allegedly admitted to throwing the items in the trash can, but said they were not his, as he had taken from the woman at the motel.

Walters was assigned an attorney, and a pretrial conference is set for June 10.

Stop Sign Violation Results in Two Arrests

Leigh Ann Lovelace and Michael Neff

Sullivan County — Last night around 10 p.m., Indiana State Police Trooper Brent Robinson stopped a red 1996 Dodge pickup for stop sign violations at the intersections of Terhune and Short streets and Short and Laughlin Streets in Dugger.

During conversations with the male driver and female passenger, Robinson noticed the male was attempting to place a plastic bag between the front seats, and then attempted to pass the bag to the female passenger who appeared nervous and agitated. Further investigation revealed the plastic bag contained approximately four grams of suspected methamphetamine. The driver was taken into custody without incident. The female was noticed to have what appeared to be a plastic bag between her clothing and when asked about it, began yelling at Robinson and failed to comply with his verbal commands. She was taken into custody after a brief struggle with Robinson. She was found to have approximately 130 grams of suspected marijuana on her person and approximately three grams of marijuana in her purse, along with five narcotic painkiller pills, and one-and-a-half depressant tablets.

Items found during traffic stop.

Items found during traffic stop.

Arrested: Michael R. Neff, age 43, Dugger.

Preliminary Charges: Possession of Methamphetamine; Dealing in Methamphetamine;
Maintaining a Common Nuisance; Dealing Marijuana; and Possession
of Marijuana. Held in Sullivan County Jail on $44,000 bond.

Arrested: Leigh Ann Lovelace, age 33, Dugger.

Preliminary Charges: Possession of Methamphetamine; Dealing in Methamphetamine;
Maintaining a Common Nuisance; Dealing Marijuana; Possession
of Marijuana; Possession of Controlled Schedule II Substance; and
Resisting Law Enforcement. Held in Sullivan County Jail on $60,000 bond.

Assisting were ISP Trooper T.J. Henning, Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom and Deputies Sergeant Bill Snead, Josh Cary, and Justin Bell.

Book in photos of Neff and Lovelace, along with items seized attached.

Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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

katelyn wolfe

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.

Legalization of Industrial Hemp May be in Our Near Future


Senate Bill 357, which passed the Senate in a unanimous vote in January, and now faces a vote in the House, will make Indiana the 11th state to allow production of industrial hemp as a legal crop.

Subject to federal approval, this bill authorizes the State Seed Commissioner to license the cultivation and production of industrial hemp and allows for crop inspections to be carried out by state and local law enforcement, as well as audits by the Seed Commissioner.

Hemp is a cousin to Marijuana but does not have the high levels of THC that produce psychoactive results when smoked. It has a long history as a useful crop for producing rope, paper, thread, fire hose, fuel, lubricants and canvas sails. During World War II, the US government produced “Hemp for Victory”, a film encouraging US farmers to begin producing industrial hemp for the war effort.

Hemp is very similar in appearance to marijuana, but a knowledgeable person can easily distinguish the two. According to the North American Industrial Hemp Council, it would be hard to hide marijuana plants in a field planted with hemp as marijuana needs lots of room around the plant to spread, while hemp is planted very close together to produce long straight stalks. Another result of planting the crops in close proximity would be that marijuana plants would lose their high levels of THC in successive generations as the plants cross pollinate.

Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper, George Washington grew hemp and Ben Franklin had a paper mill that produced paper from hemp. Currently you can find hemp in products like hand lotion, hair products, beer, fiber for fiberglass, building products, clothing and shoes.

Allowing Indiana farmers an opportunity to grow what was once a profitable crop, and is a profitable crop in other countries, could have a major economic impact locally. There are, however, groups that oppose legalization of industrial hemp.

One such group, Drug Watch International, a nonprofit volunteer drug information network and advocacy organization that opposes the legalization of all drugs, refers to hemp as low grade marijuana. DWI does not want to see industrial hemp legalized for many reasons, among them the fact that pro marijuana factions support the move and they see the legislation as just another step toward the legalization of marijuana.

To read the bill in it’s current version go to

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

Robert Ceol

A drug investigation by ISP Trooper Richard Klun and members of the Linton Police Department led the Greene Superior Court to issue a search warrant early Wednesday morning for a residence located at 11th Street Northwest in Linton. Trooper Klun, along with the Linton Police Department, the Jasonville Police Department, the Worthington Police Department and the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, served the warrant, which revealed more information and evidence in the case.

A search of the residence revealed numerous items of drug paraphernalia and more than 700 grams of synthetic drugs or a synthetic drug lookalike substance. Also located in the residence were schedule II pills, multiple digital scales, packaging material, latex gloves, numerous smoking devices, other controlled prescription substances and a significant amount of US currency, which is suspected gains of illegal transactions.

Linton residents Robert Ceol, 31, and Brooke Hamoel, 20, were arrested.

Ceol faces preliminary charges of:

  • Dealing in a synthetic drug
  • Possession of a schedule II controlled substance
  • Possession of a schedule III controlled substance
  • Maintaining a common nuisance
  • Possession of a synthetic drug
  • Possession of paraphernalia

Hamoel faces preliminary charges of:

  • Dealing in a synthetic drug
  • Maintaining a common nuisance
  • Possession of a synthetic drug
  • Possession of paraphernalia

Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to contact the Indiana State Police at the Bloomington Post at 1-812-332-4411 or 1-800-423-1286. Your information can remain confidential.

Owensburg Man Accused of Possessing Meth, Heroin, and Marijuana

devin bays

A 19-year-old faces four drug-related charges after a traffic stop last Friday night.

Bloomfield Lieutenant Marshal Marvin Holt and Deputy Marshal Jordan Allor were patrolling just outside the Bloomfield city limits at shorty after 10:30 p.m. when they initiated a traffic stop on Devin K. R. Bays. Holt stated in a probable cause affidavit that Allor told him Bays had a warrant out for his arrest, so he asked Bays to step out of the vehicle and handcuffed him until the warrant could be confirmed.

Holt searched Bays after the warrant was confirmed, and Bays allegedly confessed to having a pipe used for methamphetamine in the pocket of his hoodie, and also to having methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana in the floorboard of the vehicle.

In the court document, Holt said that Bays gave him permission to search for the drugs and stated that he needed help for his drug addiction.

Holt reported that he found a bag in the floorboard that contained a material that field-tested positive for marijuana, a digital scale, a small bag of a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, and another bag with a rock that field-tested positive for heroin.

Bays allegedly confessed to buying all three substances in Bloomington the previous day and using all three of the drugs earlier that day. Holt stated that Bays said he paid $120 for the gram of methamphetamine, $30 for the tenth gram of heroin, and $120 for about one ounce of marijuana.

Bays was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony, possession of marijuana/hashish, a class A misdemeanor, possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor, and possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony. He also faces a petition to revoke a suspended sentence for forgery.


Worthington Man Facing Drug Charges

ronald bays

A warrant for Ronald A. Bays, 27, was issued on Wednesday. Bays was taken into custody for alleged possession of marijuana with a prior conviction, a class D felony, and maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony.

The charges stem from an incident on November 1 of last year, when Linton Police Officer Nick Yingling stopped a car because of possible illegal window tint. Indiana State Police Trooper Richard Klun and Linton K9 Handler Tom Jerrels and his K9 partner, Charlie, were also on scene.

According to a probable cause affidavit, while Yingling conducted the normal business of the traffic stop, Jerrels and Charlie conducted a free air sniff around the vehicle and Charlie alerted to controlled narcotics within the car.

Bays allegedly refused to consent to a search of his vehicle, and Yingling informed Klun that he spontaneously uttered that he had a joint under his driver’s side floor mat. Klun stated that he then handcuffed Bays and asked him if he had any contraband in his vehicle, which he denied. Klun then informed Bays that he was lying and had just told another officer there was a joint in his car.

Klun said in the court document that Bays then indicated that clearly it would be better to just tell the truth, and informed him that there was a bag with marijuana in the center console.

Officers reportedly recovered paraphernalia and 109.2 grams of a green plant-like material that field-tested positive for marijuana.

Klun took Bays to the LPD for a recorded interview, and Bays allegedly admitted to possessing over 30 grams of marijuana with plans to sell about one ounce and keep the rest for himself. Klun said Bays stated that he had just picked up the marijuana that day and was heading home when he was stopped.

Bays’ bond was set at $8,000 with an optional amount of $800 (ten percent) and he was released from the Greene County Jail on Thursday.

Guns, Drugs Lead to Criminal Charges in Lyons


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.



Linton Man Arrested on Warrant, Facing 9 Charges

Gregory Turner

Gregory S. Turner, 43, was arrested on a warrant Monday.

Just before 1 a.m. on November 2nd, Turner was driving east on State Road 54 near 7th Street NE when Linton Police Department Officer Paul Clark noticed that he appeared to be speeding. Turner was allegedly driving 43 mph in a 35 mph zone when he drove past 9th Street and swerved out of the eastbound lane of the highway and onto 9th street before abruptly swerving back onto State Road 54. Clark stated in a court document that after he activated his lights and sirens to stop the vehicle Turner did not immediately stop but instead turned south onto 11th Street NE.

Clark followed the vehicle to a residence on 12th Street SE, at which point Turner exited the vehicle and allegedly refused to comply with his orders. LPD Officer Thomas Jerrels arrived to assist Clark, and Clark stated that when Turner would not obey his verbal orders and appeared to be turning to walk towards the residence he attempted to restrain him.

Clark and Jerrels tried to handcuff Turner, but Turner attempted to pull his hands away. Clark said that after a brief struggle they were able to restrain him, and then requested medical assistance since Turner was bleeding from his nose.

Jerrels used his police dog to conduct a free air sniff of the vehicle, and advised Clark that his dog had alerted around the driver’s side of the vehicle. The following day, LPD Officer Chad Crynes searched the vehicle and found a hand-rolled cigarette containing what he believed to be marijuana.

After Turner received medical treatment, Clark had him empty his pockets and found that he had a cellophane wrapper containing what he believed to be marijuana.

Turner is charged with:

  • Operating a vehicle while intoxicated, endangering a person: a class A misdemeanor
  • Three counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, with a prior conviction: a class D felony
  • Operating a vehicle while intoxicated: a class C misdemeanor
  • Operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration equivalent to .15 or more: a class A misdemeanor
  • Resisting law enforcement using a vehicle: a class D felony
  • Resisting law enforcement: a class A misdemeanor
  • Possession of marijuana/hashish, a class A misdemeanor


Bloomfield Woman Charged with Two Felonies

Melissa Ferree

Bloomfield Police Department Chief Deputy Marshal Jeremy Inman and Officer Anthony Bowers were driving west on US 231 at Franklin Street Thursday when they observed a Dodge Neon with a driver’s side headlight that was not working properly. They performed a traffic stop and, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Friday, Inman could smell burnt marijuana as he approached the vehicle.

The driver, Melissa A. Ferree, 29, stated that she purchased the vehicle in July of this year and that she had not transferred the title or plates to the Neon. She also had no proof of insurance, and Inman noticed her movement was very slow while she attempted to retrieve her driver’s license.

Ferree told Inman she had not smoked marijuana inside the vehicle, but that her passenger may have smoked some marijuana. Inman found that the passenger was in possession of rolling papers, and the man said he had not smoked any marijuana inside the vehicle but that Ferree had smoked some just prior to the traffic stop.

Ferree consented to a search of her purse and the vehicle, telling Inman he would not find anything inside of the vehicle.

Inman found a container holding five pills later identified as Alprazolam, a class 4 scheduled substance, in Ferree’s purse.  Ferree first said the pills were hers but later claimed they belonged to her mother. He also discovered a pill bottle containing a substance he believed to be marijuana under the passenger seat of the vehicle.

Ferree’s three-year-old child was unrestrained in her car seat, and the Indiana Department of Child Services became involved in the matter. Caseworker Karen Roach and Inman interviewed Ferree at the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, where Ferree told them she did not have a prescription for the pills but had gotten them from her mother and that her passenger had smoked marijuana just prior to Inman stopping them.

Inman asked Ferree if she thought it was dangerous for her child to breathe the odor of marijuana and Ferree stated that she knew the odor would not hurt her child because her passenger had the joint hanging out of the window when he was smoking it. She also did not think it was harmful because in other states people can smoke marijuana and it is not against the law, and she said she believes marijuana will be legal soon.

Ferree is charged with possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony, and neglect of a dependent, also a class D felony.

Updated: Bloomfield Man Arrested on Drug Related Charges

Evan Kerr

Original article, published November 18th at 9:12 p.m.

On Thursday, November 14th around 7 p.m. Bloomfield Police Department Chief Deputy Marshal Jeremy Inman observed a vehicle traveling east on State Road 54 near Lester Street at 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. Inman stopped the vehicle and, according to a probable cause affidavit filed on Monday, smelled burnt marijuana as he approached it.

Evan C. Kerr, 19, was the driver.

When Inman asked Kerr if he knew why he had been stopped, Kerr stated that he may have been speeding and that he was in a hurry. Kerr then asked if Inman knew what time the mall closed.

Kerr said he did not have anything on him and consented to Inman patting him down. During the pat down, Inman asked Kerr what was in his coin pocket and Kerr replied that it was marijuana. Kerr gave that bag, and another bag from his pocket, to Inman.

Kerr also told Inman that he had marijuana and a marijuana pipe in his car.

Inman found another bag containing a green leafy plant substance in the driver’s door, a metal smoking pipe in the driver’s seat, and a glass smoking pipe in a Swisher Sweets box under the front seat.

Kerr told Inman he used the glass pipe to smoke marijuana. He also said he bought the marijuana in Sullivan for buddies who gave him money to deliver it to them, and added that he had smoked marijuana about two hours earlier.

Kerr is charged with reckless possession of paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana/hashish, a class A misdemeanor.

On Monday, November 18th, a warrant for Kerr’s arrest was issued. He is charged with possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony, possession of marijuana/hashish, a class A misdemeanor, and reckless possession of paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor, from an offense allegedly committed in December of 2012.


At around 7 p.m. on December 16th of last year, Bloomfield Police Department Deputy Marshal Marvin Holt found Kerr passed out in his vehicle, which was in the turn lane on South Washington Street.  According to a probable cause affidavit, Holt activated his emergency lights and sirens, but Kerr did not move or wake up.  Holt woke Kerr up by knocking on his window, but Kerr seemed to be dazed and began attempting to start his car, although it was already running.

Kerr rolled down his window, and Holt could smell marijuana and noticed that Kerr’s eyes were red. Kerr allegedly told Holt he had some marijuana in the door, paraphernalia in the console, and a pipe in the ashtray.  He also said he had smoked marijuana about two hours previously.

Holt searched the vehicle and found a small bag of what appeared to be marijuana, a piece of rolling paper, a smoking device with burnt residue in the bowl, and two cellophane wrappers containing partially smoked hand-rolled cigarettes.  Under the cellophane packages were a partially smoked hand-rolled cigarette and three pills identified as Alprazolam, a schedule IV controlled substance.

Kerr was booked into the Greene County Jail on Tuesday, and his jury trial is set for March 18th, 2014.

Three Arrested After Traffic Stop in Sullivan County


Wednesday at 6 p.m., Indiana State Police Trooper Brent Robinson noticed what appeared to be the end of a verbal confrontation on the parking lot of a Sullivan retail store.

The three individuals left the parking area in a blue 1998 Chevrolet pickup. Robinson stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Wolfe and Section Streets in Sullivan to check on the occupants. Further investigation revealed possession of pseudoephedrine tablets, marijuana, and two females wanted on warrants.

All three Terre Haute residents were incarcerated in the Sullivan County Jail.

The driver, Gregory A. Taylor, age 51, has a bond of $12,000.  He is charged with possession of more than 10 grams of pseudoephedrine, a class D felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

Ginger M. Kendall, age 36, has a bond of $26,000.  She is charged with possession of more than 10 grams of pseudoephedrine, a class D felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana (under 30 grams), a class A misdemeanor. She was also wanted on a Clark County, IL warrant for resisting law enforcement, driving while intoxicated, and driving while suspended.

Mary C. Kemper, age 57, has a bond of $11,000.  She is charged with possession of more than 10 grams of pseudoephedrine, a class D felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor. She was also wanted on a Sullivan County warrant for check deception, a class A misdemeanor.

Assisting were ISP Sergeant Chuck Tharp and Sullivan County Sheriff Deputies Brad Miller and Jason Bobbitt.

Troy White Accused of Using Drugs before Breaking into Linton Home, Frightening Two Children

Troy White

Troy S. White, 30, of Linton, is charged with burglary, a class B felony, two counts of criminal confinement, class C felonies, theft, a class D felony, and possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor.

White is accused of breaking into a Linton home where two preteens were alone before walking to school on Monday morning.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Linton Police Department Officer Thomas Jerrels was dispatched to the residence at about 6:40 a.m. When Jerrels arrived, resident Terrie Schaper told him a man was inside the house. Jerrels heard a commotion inside, and when he looked through a window he saw the man later identified as White erratically swinging a large extendable paint roller handle.

When White saw Jerrels, he used the paint handle to break the window and began saying that there were men in the house. At that time, the two children exited through the window. After they were out of the house, Jerrels began ordering White to exit out the window, and he eventually complied.

When he was handcuffed, White told Jerrels there was a man with a gun inside the residence. Officer Karl Jacobshagen arrived and helped Jerrels search the residence. They did not locate anyone else inside.

Jacobshagen searched White, and found a prescription pill bottle containing a clear plastic bag with a green plant-like substance the officers believe to be marijuana.

When Jacobshagen walked White to his patrol vehicle, Schaper told the officers the hat White was wearing belonged to her daughter.

Jerrels interviewed White at the Linton Police Department. White said he had entered the residence because he was attempting to protect his family, and that he was being chased by several car loads of subjects.

During the interview, White admitted he had taken Xanax, snorted a line of meth, and drank. According to the court document, at the crime scene White told Jerrels that he had smoked synthetic drugs. Later, he said the only time he hallucinates is if he has been up for a long time.

When Jerrels attempted to interview White a second time at the Greene County Jail, White seemed to be confused. He told Jerrels he did the wrong thing because of the drugs he was on at the time of the incident.

White consented to a blood draw, and the blood kit has been sent to the Indiana Department of Toxicology.

Read more about the incident here.

Pre-Teens Alert Police, Parents after Man Allegedly Breaks into Their Home

On Monday morning, Terrie Schaper and Billy Smith left their Linton residence to head to work at a little after 6:30.

Schaper’s 12-year-old daughter, Courtney Zukoski, and Smith’s 11-year-old son, Chaise, walk the short distance to school in the mornings, and both were still at home.

Smith said a man who was later identified as Troy S. White, 30, of Linton, must have been watching the house Monday morning because he broke in right after Smith left for work.

“He kicked in the back door,” Smith explained. “I’d left my climbing gear in the garage so I had to circle around the block and when I came back he was already in the house. The kids said he watched me pull in, go in the garage, and pull back out.”

Schaper noted that at that point, the kids did not even know there was anything wrong with the man being in the house, since she and Smith have been remodeling and they assumed White was there to work.

“When he came walking in I guess Courtney was still lying in bed, trying to get motivated, and Chaise was in the back bedroom. When [White] walked in neither of them really heard him come in … but when he went into the back bedroom I guess he asked Chaise for a cell phone because he wanted to make a phone call,” said Schaper.

White allegedly used Zukoski’s phone to make calls before returning it to her.

“At that point, he got them together and told them to go back into Courtney’s room and told them to get underneath the bed and call 911. They still didn’t really know what was going on. He was saying there were a whole bunch of guys outside who were after him and had guns, and that he was there to protect them,” Schaper continued.

Zukoski called 911, and Schaper said that afterwards White told her not to have any further communication with anyone. She added that at some point during the encounter he started pulling knives out of a block in the kitchen and handed one to Chaise. She explained that White then began knocking over furniture, banging on the walls with a large paint stick, and throwing things around the house.

At around 6:40 a.m., Zukoski sent a text to Schaper and Smith while she was hidden under the bed where White could not see her.

“She sends me a frantic text saying someone was in the house and they thought they were going to kill them,” recalled Schaper. “At that point, it was going through my mind that it might have been a joke. Yeah, her and her friends have played practical jokes on us before.”

Schaper soon realized her daughter was serious, and left her job a couple of blocks from their home. When she pulled in the driveway she noticed the porch light was on, which was unusual, and when she tried the front door it was dead bolted. Only Smith had a key to the dead bolt, so she could not enter the front of the house.

“I looked in, and we have this big dog and her cage was up against their bedroom door, and I thought that was kind of odd … so I walked around the side of the house and looked in a window and there he was. I freaked out, because I peeked around and he was swinging this bat around and throwing stuff, so I ran back here and got on the phone with 911,” explained Schaper.

She let the dispatcher know White was in the house with the kids, and that she could not see the children. The police were already on the way, and Schaper said when they arrived White opened a window to speak with the officers and then let the children leave the house. She added that law enforcement officials pulled White out through the window.

Smith was almost to Bloomington when Schaper called him to explain what was happening, and he arrived back at their home shortly after the police took White away. Smith said he does not know White at all, although they have a loose connection to one another.

“He knows my family through my step-brother’s dad’s girlfriend. He’s her son, so he knows our names and he tried to play it off like he knew all of us personally. I’ve never met the guy.”

Smith and Schaper are relieved that neither child was harmed, and proud of the way the kids handled the situation.

“We’re just glad that they were smart enough to stay under the bed and not provoke him in any way. She [Zukoski] called 911, and she was smart enough to send us a text and let us know something was going on. They did good– they kept their calm,” stated Smith.

Schaper said both of the kids were pretty shaken up Monday night, and that the family has changed their locks and added extra security features to their home.

“We try to preach to the kids that this is why we don’t want them going here and there by themselves. We let them walk back and forth to school by themselves, a lot of kids walk to and from school, but you can’t even do that nowadays. You can’t leave them home for just a couple of minutes so they can walk to school. They’ll be coming with me every day.”

White is charged with burglary, a class B felony, two counts of criminal confinement, class C felonies, theft, a class D felony, and possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor.


Teen Arrested for Allegedly Resisting Law Enforcement, Possessing Alcohol

Samuel Nalley

19-year-old Samuel D. D. Nalley, of Springville, is charged with resisting law enforcement, a class D felony, and illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage, a class C misdemeanor.

On Saturday afternoon Indiana State Trooper Eric Nash was working traffic patrol when he saw a white Cadillac passenger car traveling east on State Road 58 west of County Road 380 East at what seemed to be a high rate of speed. He clocked the vehicle at 69 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Nash needed to clear a curve before he could safely turn around to stop the Cadillac, so once he cleared the curve he hit his emergency lights and turned around in a private drive. As he headed back he could not see the other vehicle, so he turned south on County Road 380 East and re-located it. Nash called ISP dispatch to let them know he had a vehicle that turned off and failed to stop, and chased the Cadillac for about a mile before it pulled over.

According to a probable cause affidavit, when Nash spoke to the driver, Nalley, he noticed that Nalley’s eyes were extremely blood-shot and he seemed nervous and jittery. Nalley told Nash he was heading to his grandmother’s residence 10 to 12 miles up the road and Nash pointed out that the road did not go that far, at which point Nalley indicated that she did not live on that road.

Nash asked Nalley if he had turned onto the road to avoid or get away from him, and Nalley said he didn’t know if Nash was coming after him but he turned off thinking Nash wouldn’t stop him. Nalley then indicated he thought Nash was Trooper Mike Adams, who used to coach him in football, and acted as if he was playing a trick on Adams.

Nash explained that Nalley had resisted law enforcement with a vehicle and told him that he suspected he had been smoking marijuana. Nalley said he had not smoked any marijuana in the car, and when Nash told him it did not matter if he smoked it in the car or not Nalley explained that he had smoked marijuana about two hours earlier but not in the car. When Nash asked him if there was any marijuana in the vehicle, Nalley replied that there was a bowl in the car and that his passenger had it.

Nalley had a hard time following instructions for a Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus field sobriety test and then agreed to take the chemical test. Due to equipment in Nash’s vehicle and the size of Nalley, Nash could not secure Nalley in the seat and belt him in, so he called for assistance to take him to the Greene County Jail. Nash had Nalley partially sit in the front seat of his car while he talked to the passenger.

The passenger said Nalley had thrown a bowl at him and told him to hide it as Nash was pulling them over. He said the pipe had spice in it, and that he had either thrown it under the front seat or into the glove box. Nash could smell alcohol and when he asked the passenger about it he said he and Nalley had stopped to get a beer and that he had maybe one or two drinks from the beer before Nash stopped them.

The beer was next to his left leg on the floor between the seat and center console.

The passenger said Nalley had been smoking from the pipe while driving the car just before Nash pulled them over and that he had not smoked any.

Nash discovered that Nalley’s driving privileges were suspended in Indiana because of a no-insurance accident in August 2013.

Trooper Richard Klun and Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Davis Aerne arrived to assist, and they located the pipe in the glove box. It did not field test positive for marijuana.

Aerne took Nalley to the jail and Klun waited for the wrecker to arrive while Nash cited the passenger for an open container violation and went to the jail to talk to Nalley. Nalley told him the pipe belonged to the passenger and that it was also the passenger’s idea to get the beer. He asked what he was being charged with and when Nash told him the charges he indicated he really wasn’t trying to get away from Nash.

Nalley’s blood draw was videotaped at the jail.