Sullivan County Sheriff, February 16

Ryan D. Coulson, 32, of Farmersburg, was arrested on an out of county warrant for Knox County for possession of methamphetamine. No bond was set.

James S. Placek, 46, of Sullivan, was arrested on preliminary charges for disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement. His bond was set at $8,000 with an optional cash amount of $800.

Nicole C. Wright, 41, of Sullivan, was arrested on writ of attachment for contempt of court. Her bond was set at $300 cash only. She was bonded out on Sunday.

Stephen M. King, 42, of Dugger, was arrested on a warrant for domestic battery. His bond was set at $4,000 with an optional cash amount of $400.

John W. Norris, 27, of Sullivan, was arrested on writ of attachment for two counts of contempt of court. His bond was set at $800 cash only. He was bonded out on Saturday.

Debbie A. Harvey, 58, of Dugger, was arrested on writ of attachment for contempt of court. Her bond was set at $500 cash only. She was bonded out on Saturday.

Judy M. Secrest, 57, of Sullivan, was arrested on writ of attachment for contempt of court. Her bond was set at $500 cash only. She was bonded out on Saturday.

Rodney R. Westers Jr., 33, of Carlisle, was arrested on on writ of attachment for contempt of court. His bond was set at $225 cash only. He was bonded out on Saturday.

Jamie S. Mason, 34, of Carlisle, was arrested on writ of attachment for contempt of court. Her bond was set at $225 cash only. She was bonded out on Saturday.

Jeramie N. Brenton, 37, of Carlisle, was arrested on writ of attachment for contempt of court. His bond was set at $500 cash only. He was bonded out on Saturday.

Rebecca L. Barker, 45, of Terre Haute, was arrested on a warrant for trafficking with an inmate. Her bond was set at $4,000 cash only.

Joshua K. Brown, 27, of Merom, was arrested on writ of attachment for contempt of court. His bond was set at $300 cash only. He was bonded out on Sunday.

Jason L. Steele, 38, of Farmersburg, was arrested on writ of attachment for contempt of court. His bond was set at $300 cash only. He was bonded out on Sunday.

Shaquille L. Thompson, 22, of Indianapolis, was arrested on a preliminary charge for possession of marijuana. Her bond was set at $4,000 with an optional cash amount of $400. She was bonded out on Sunday.

Sullivan County Sheriff, February 13

Christina D. Pirtle, 60, of Sullivan, was arrested on writ of attachment for contempt of court. Her bond was set at $500 cash only.

Sullivan County Sheriff, February 12

No new arrests were made.

Sullivan County Sheriff, February 11

Joseph M. Smith, 38, of Sullivan, was arrested on a warrant for violation of probation on original charges. His bond was set at $16,000 cash only.

Sullivan County Sheriff, February 10

Natalie J. Erlenbush, 52, of Sullivan, was arrested on a preliminary charge for public intoxication. Her bond was set at $4,000 with an optional cash amount of $400.

Joe A. Carrillo, 41, of South Bend, was arrested on preliminary charges for operating while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, and maintaining a common nuisance. His bond was set at $12,000 with an optional cash amount of $1,200. He was bonded out on Monday.

Sullivan County Sheriff, February 9

Kenneth J. Scales, 48, of Shelburn, was arrested on preliminary charges for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors, possession of methamphetamine, dumping a controlled substance waste, and maintaining a common nuisance. His bond was set at $40,000 with an optional cash amount of $4,000.

Lacy M. McCammon, 25, of Sullivan, was arrested on writ of attachment for contempt of court. Her bond was set at $500 cash only. She was bonded out on Friday.

Carrie L. Kendall, 36, of Sullivan, was arrested on writ of attachment for contempt of court. Her bond was set at $500 cash only. She was bonded out on Friday.

Sherrie R. Larue, 32, of Sullivan, was arrested on writ of attachment for contempt of court. Her bond was set at $500 cash only. She was bonded out on Friday.

Sherry A. Kent, 44, of Sullivan, was arrested on writ of attachment for contempt of court. Her bond was set at $300 cash only. She was bonded out on Saturday.

Steven R. Anderson, 63, of Sullivan, was arrested on a preliminary charge for operating while intoxicated. His bond was set at $4,000 cash only. He was bonded out on Sunday.

Robert L. Dupler, 44, of Sullivan, was arrested on writ of attachment for contempt of court. His bond was set at $483.32 cash only. He was bonded out on Saturday.

Marcy R. Norton, 44, of Sullivan, was arrested on writ of attachment for contempt of court. Her bond was set at $300 cash only. She was bonded out on Saturday.

Angela D. Rogers, 38, of Sullivan, was arrested on writ of attachment for contempt of court. Her bond was set at $382 cash only. She was bonded out on Saturday.

Amy D. Fingerle, 49, of Sullivan, was arrested on writ of attachment for contempt of court. Her bond was set at $500 cash only. She was bonded out on Saturday.

Michelle L. Mason, 56, of Sullivan, was arrested on writ of attachment for contempt of court. Her bond was set at $500 cash only. She was bonded out on Saturday.

Whitney N. Lennings, 23, of Sullivan, was arrested on writ of attachment for contempt of court. Her bond was set at $500 cash only. She was bonded out on Saturday.

Stacey L. Ammerman, 28, of Merom, was arrested on a preliminary charge for operating with an blood alcohol content of 10% or schedule I or II. Her bond was set at $4,000 with an optional cash amount of $400.

Conor G. Jones, 23, of Sullivan, was arrested on preliminary charges for battery and strangulation. His bond was set at $16,000 with an optional cash amount of $8,800.

Stacy L. Street, 51, of Sullivan, was arrested on writ of attachment for contempt of court. Her bond was set at $300 cash only. She was bonded out on Sunday.

Shawn M. Vande Linde, 40, of Sullivan, was arrested on a warrant for operating while intoxicated endangering a person and operating with a blood alcohol content of .08% or above. His bond was set at $8,000 cash only.

Scott C. Pope, 46, of Sullivan, of Sullivan, was arrested on writ of attachment for contempt of court. His bond was set at $376.61 cash only. He was bonded out on Sunday.

Kimberly D. Bonebrake, 31, of Shelburn, was arrested on a preliminary charge for operating while intoxicated with a passenger less than 18 years of age. Her bond was set at $8,000 with an optional cash amount of $800.

Sullivan County Sheriff, February 6

Ronald W. Smith, 43, of Carlisle, was arrested on a warrant for parole violation. No bond was set.

Sullivan County Sheriff, February 5

Jordan T. Williams, 19, of Indianapolis, was arrested on a preliminary charge for driving while suspended. His bond was set at $4,000 with an optional cash amount of $400. He was bonded out on Wednesday.

Sullivan County Sheriff, February 4

No new arrests were made.

Sullivan County Sheriff, February 3

Lucas M. Vilchuck, 25, of Shelburn, was arrested on a warrant for dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, dumping controlled substance waste, maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $48,000 with an optional cash amount of $4,800.

Leigh A. Lovelace, 34, of Linton, was arrested on preliminary charges for resisting law enforcement, dealing in marijuana, dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of a controlled substance. Her bond was set at $48,000 with an optional cash amount of $4,800.

Michael R. Neff, 43, of Sullivan, was arrested on preliminary charges dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, dealing in marijuana, and possession of marijuana. His bond was set at $44,000 with an optional cash amount of $4,400.

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.

Fairbanks Man Allegedly Plants Meth Lab at Shelburn Residence

Robert C. Alumbaugh

Robert C. Alumbaugh, 27, of Fairbanks, is facing charges of dumping controlled substance waste, a level 6 felony, and false informing, a class B misdemeanor. The waste in question allegedly included “Coleman camp fuel, and/or lithium metal and/or ammonia nitrate,” and was produced through the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Indiana State Trooper Joseph Robinson was reportedly contacted by Sgt. William Snead of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department on the afternoon of Jan. 20, about a possible meth lab at a Shelburn residence. Robinson responded to the address, and stated in a probable cause affidavit that he recognized the home as one he had been to before when investigating a meth manufacturing case.

Robinson reported that he spotted a two-liter plastic bottle in a burn barrel when he was walking toward the door of the home, and that it contained a “liquid and granular substance,” that he knew to be “consistent with a one-pot meth lab.”

He reportedly knocked several times on the door, with no answer, and then went to a new location to watch the home. He also stated that he contacted the Indiana State Police Putnamville methamphetamine task force to come there.

After obtaining a search warrant from Sullivan County Prosecutor John Springer, Robinson allegedly found a number of items that are precursors for making meth, along with residue on a mirror, which tested positive for methamphetamine.

Snead then reportedly arrived at the scene and contacted Alumbaugh, asking him to come to the home. Alumbaugh allegedly admitted to placing the bottle in the barrel in order to get himself out of trouble. Robinson stated that Alumbaugh said the bottle contained the granular substance from inside a coldpack, Coleman fuel and lithium that he had removed from batteries.

According to a probable cause affidavit prepared by Snead, Alumbaugh had texted him at about 2:35 a.m. Jan. 20 to inform him of the meth lab, blaming it on the resident of the Shelburn home. Snead stated that he did not see the messages until the next day.

Snead noted that he felt Alumbaugh had sent him these messages so that Snead would not question him further about the items he had purchased in September 2014 — pseudoephedrine and oxygen tubing.

At that time, Snead had reportedly questioned Alumbaugh, who told him that he was buying the items for another person to make meth.

Alumbaugh stated that he went to the address Alumbaugh sent him on Jan. 20, but had to take care of another incident, so he called Robinson. After he returned, he allegedly called Alumbaugh and got him to meet him.

Snead confirmed that Alumbaugh admitted to placing what appeared to be a one-pot meth lab in the barrel, and allegedly said this was the second time he had done this.

He was arrested and taken to the Sullivan County Jail, where he was later interviewed again. His bond was set at $12,000 with 10 percent allowed.

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Original article published at 2:53 p.m.on Feb. 27

A fire at the Sunrise Tower in Sullivan has resulted in one death.

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department received word of the fire at just after 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.  They contacted multiple fire departments and EMS agencies and at shortly before 3:30 p.m. firefighters from Sullivan, Farmersburg, Shelburn, and Carlisle were on-scene.

The fire started on the fifth floor of the complex, and residents were evacuated and taken to the Sullivan High School gym.  They will remain there until further notice.

Thursday evening, a dispatcher from the sheriff’s department confirmed that the fire resulted in a fatality.

At least 14 other people have been transported to the hospital, and one person is reported to be in serious condition.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined, and this article will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

 

Dugger Man Taken into Custody at Country Porch in Linton

Mark W. Tucker, 46, was arrested on a warrant Saturday evening in Linton.

The arrest warrant, issued in Sullivan County, was for an alleged probation violation in a case where he was convicted of dealing in a schedule II controlled substance, a class B felony.

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department received information that Tucker was the passenger in a vehicle headed towards Linton and officers from the Linton Police Department and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department located the suspect at the Country Porch on the west side of Linton at around 6:45 p.m.

Tucker was taken into custody without incident and transported to Sullivan County.

His bond is set at $8,000 with no 10 percent allowed.

Investigating Officer Sergeant Chad Crynes, of the Linton Police Department, was assisted by LPD Officer Rodney Bredeweg and Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Billy Snead.

 

Linton Woman Accused of Driving while Intoxicated with Child in Vehicle

Last Saturday night, Sullivan County Deputy Bill Snead stopped a vehicle that had traveled left of the center line on Highway 59/54 near Linton.

According to a release from the Linton Police Department, Snead observed several signs of intoxication in the driver, 34-year-old Christina M. Nowlin. LPD Sergeant Chad Crynes conducted field sobriety tests and Nowlin was then arrested and taken to the Greene County Jail.

Her underage child was a passenger in the vehicle, and a report of the incident was sent to the Department of Child Services.

Nowlin is preliminarily charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and neglect of a dependent, a class D felony.

 

Three People Accused of Stealing from Linton Walmart

Dakota Carpenter

Three Sullivan Residents were arrested in Linton Sunday night, after allegedly stealing from Walmart.

The Linton Police Department received a call at about 9:30 p.m. from a woman who thought she had witnessed a male and female leaving the store with items they had not paid for. She gave the department the couple’s license plate number and said the blue Ford van they were driving was heading north on State Road 54. The caller also reported that she had noticed a black male inside the van prior to it leaving the Walmart parking lot.

The plate number belonged to a blue 2006 Ford registered to ResCare, Inc., and Officer Debbie McDonald Miller requested that the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department watch for the vehicle in their county. She also spoke with a Walmart manager who confirmed that video cameras in the store showed the couple the caller had described leaving the store with a cart full of items they had not paid for.

A short time later, Sullivan County contacted Miller to say they had stopped the van, which contained six people. Sullivan officers took the individuals to the Sullivan County Jail, where Miller met with them.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed Tuesday, two of the subjects were residents of the Sullivan County ResCare Group Home, and were released to another care giver. Their care giver for that evening was Cristina L. Craig, 19. Also in the van were 18-year-old Jozlyn J. Followell, 19-year-old Dakota W. Carpenter, and another man.

Miller interviewed the four suspects with audio and video recording of the conversations. Carpenter said Craig had called him to ask if he wanted to go to Linton Walmart with her to steal stuff, and that she picked him up in the ResCare van. He also said Craig told him of specific items she wanted, and that he and Followell separated from the others when they arrived at Walmart.

Carpenter allegedly said that items stolen for him included four seat covers, four floor mats, foot pedals, a locking gas cap, four car air fresheners, and various items of clothing. He told Miller that Craig had requested two Betty Boop seat covers, four floor mats, and car air fresheners, and added that Followell’s items consisted of two pairs of yoga pants and two shirts.

Craig said she was working at ResCare when the two residents wanted to go to Walmart and that she called to ask Followell and Carpenter if they wanted to go along with her. She told Miller those two went in one direction in the store, the other man went in another, and she stayed with the two residents. She stated that when she saw Followell and Carpenter near the electronics she put Betty Boop floor mats and seat covers into their cart intending to pay for them but when the two residents became impatient she took them to the van and assumed that Followell and Carpenter put her items back since she had not given them money to pay for them.

Craig said she did not know that they were going to steal the items.

Followell told Miller that Craig invited her and Carpenter to go to Walmart to steal items, and that she got a few shirts and pants, socks, a camo jacket, and a cheetah coffee cup. She said Cristina had put a car battery and an emergency kit into the cart but took them out because it was too heavy for her to push, and that Carpenter selected floor mats and seat covers, clothes, and a camo jacket. She alleged that Craig got Betty Boop floor mats and a steering wheel cover, air fresheners, and a camo jacket.

Followell stated that Craig had gone outside to kind of act like a lookout and added that the last man opened the back doors to the van so they could load the stuff.

That man said he went on the trip to buy baby wipes and that the group had intended to steal from Walmart for about a week, and that on the drive from Sullivan to Linton Craig, Carpenter, and Followell discussed how Carpenter and Followell were going to steal a car battery for Craig. He stated that he paid for his baby wipes and then waited for the others in the van, later opening the back doors of the vehicle for them.

He said that he figured they had stolen the cart full of items.

Carpenter, Craig, and Followell were all charged with theft, a class D felony.

 

Three Arrested After Traffic Stop in Sullivan County

ISP

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.