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UPDATE: Body found at Eagle Creek reservoir

A body was found in Eagle Creek Reservoir early Friday morning.

 

Indiana Conservation Officer Jet Quillen said the Pike Township Fire Department located the floating body around 6:15 am.

 

"The body has been taken down to the Marion County Coroner's Office, and they are working diligently to identify the victim that was taken from the water," Quillen said.

 

They believe it could be the man the fire department has been searching for since Wednesday afternoon. The man was paddleboating with a woman before storms rolled in and caused the boat to flip, sending both into the water. The woman was rescued and is now doing okay, but the man never resurfaced.

UPDATE: One fatality, one injured in Thursday morning crash

The one-car crash occurred in the 4200 block of East Michigan Rd.  An eastbound 2003 Chrysler van driven by Tera Doane Minyard, 39, of Cincinnati, left the roadway for unknown reasons. The vehicle struck a tree.

 

The passenger in the vehicle, Ronda Purdon, 52, of Cincinnati, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was lifelined to Indianapolis.

 

The crash is still under investigation.

 

 

Original story - Wednesday, Jul 9

A one-car accident on Shelby County’s Michigan Road resulted in one fatality Thursday morning.

 

The accident occurred near St. Vincent DePaul at 9:00 am.  A passenger, from out-of-state, died in the crash when the vehicle left the road and hit a tree head-on.  The driver was taken to Methodist Hospital.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

Search resumes today for missing paddle boater at Eagle Creek Reservoir

Indiana Conservation Officers are concluded for the evening Thursday their search operations at Eagle Creek Reservoir for a missing paddle boater that fell overboard and never resurfaced.

 

Search efforts will resume Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. 

 

Search operations utilizing sonar and divers.

 

This incident is still under investigation and updates will be provided as they become available.

Arrest in 1986 Connersville murder case

An arrest has been made in a Fayette County cold case.

 

The Fayette County Sheriff's Department says Shawn McClung was charged Thursday afternoon with voluntary manslaughter for the death of Denise Pflum.

 

Pflum was 18 years old, and a senior at Connersville High School, when she went missing in 1986.

Court documents say McClung previously claimed the Pflum was still alive, but recently admitted that he killed her 34 years ago.

 

In a written statement, the parents of Pflum said:

 

"This is just a start, there will be more to follow, which we cannot comment on at this point. We appreciate all of the love and support that you have shown us. We appreciate that Denise has become like family to all of you. Our daughter was a special person whom we will never forget, and we know that this community will not forget. We are so grateful for all of those who have followed her story, who have helped with the investigation, and who have shown support and love."

Jockey Restriction set at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Indiana Grand Racecourse is working diligently to ensure the safety and well-being of all those involved with the current racing season, which began Monday, June 15. After consultation with the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC), all jockeys accepting a mount at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will agree to ride exclusively at the facility. This restriction goes into effect Friday, July 10, 2020 and applies to both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse jockeys.

 

If a jockey that is currently riding at Indiana Grand enters another jockey’s quarters at another racetrack, he or she will not be allowed to return to Indiana Grand without self-quarantining for 14 days. After that time period, the jockey will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test. This policy will remain in effect until further notice. Jockeys who wish to move their tack to Indiana Grand must also go through the 14-day quarantine and provide a negative Covid-19 test before they will be accepted to ride.

 

Live racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 18. Action is held Monday through Thursday beginning at 2:20 p.m. Post times for the all-Quarter Horse programs is to be determined.

State to send PPE to hundreds of Indiana schools

Indiana schools start reopening next month, and the state is working on ways to get the message out to students to mask up.

 

Indiana was already planning to reopen schools on schedule, even before President Trump threatened Wednesday to cut funding to states who don't. The Indiana Department of Education issued a detailed list of recommended and required protocols to reduce the risk of infection, and state health commissioner Kris Box says the state will do all it can to enable students to return to school. She says it's important for their education and mental health, and Governor Holcomb adds that it reduces pressure on parents trying to balance child care with work.

 

But Box says health officials will be on alert for coronavirus surges that could close schools all over again. Hospitalizations for coronavirus are up 12-percent since June 27, four days before Holcomb delayed the final lifting of restrictions on mass gatherings. And the percentage of tests coming back positive, after staying at or below the five-percent comfort level throughout the second half of June, has ranged from six to nine-percent.

 

Box says there's no hard and fast rule for what would send students home to study online again. She says superintendents, principals and health departments will need to confer and look at local circumstances: whether an outbreak is communitywide or centered at a single business or nursing home, and whether cases at a school are confined to a particular classroom or grade level.

 

The state is shipping masks and sanitizer to nearly 500 schools which have requested them. Each school will get at least one mask for every student, plus 500 masks for adults. Box says the state is still brainstorming how best to communicate to teenagers and young adults that it's important to wear them. The state's already posted a video on social media of Holcomb, Box and other state agency heads wearing masks and encouraging Hoosiers to follow suit. Box says the department is looking at other ways to use social media or peer relationships to connect with students who probably aren't watching Holcomb's weekly updates.

 

Purdue University is requiring masks for all students and staff, and announced Wednesday it will require students to test negative for the virus before returning to campus.

 

Box says there are current surges of the virus in northern, northwest and southwest Indiana, particularly in Elkhart, Vanderburgh and Lake Counties. Those three counties had more than a third of Indiana's newly reported cases on Wednesday.

 

Indiana Senator Mike Braun reaffirmed plans Wednesday to attend next month's Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, and Holcomb says he still plans to go as well. But the governor cautions that those plans can change, just as many states have paused reopening plans or reimposed restrictions after seeing virus numbers surge. He says he'll continue to monitor the latest health data before booking his flight.

Search for Georgia murder suspect in southern Indiana

On July 2, four individuals were involved in a murder in Perry, Georgia.  Those four individuals fled the state, and two were soon apprehended in Alabama. 

 

On Saturday, July 3, the remaining two suspects were tracked to Clarksville, Indiana; however, one of those individuals has since turned herself into Georgia authorities.  As part of their investigation, detectives from the Perry Police Department traveled to Indiana and, working with local authorities,  are seeking assistance in locating the remaining suspect, Quintavios Dobbins. 

 

Quintavios Dobbins is a 23-year-old black male.  He is 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 185 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes and may have a black beard. Dobbins has a tattoo across the front side of his neck that appears to read "12.14.17" or possibly "12.74.17".  His last know location was in Clarksville, Indiana, on Sunday, July 5.  

 

If anyone knows the location of Quntavios Dobbins or believes they sighted him, they should call 911 immediately and provide local authorities with the information.  It is unknown if Dobbins has any weapons with him, but he should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. 

 

Quntavios Dobbins has a warrant for murder issued from the Houston County Prosecutor in Georgia.  Dobbins may have temporary work experience in the Evansville and Indianapolis areas but is a resident of Alabama.

Blue River Community Foundation's Summer Scholarship application cycle

Shelby County high school students on track to graduate by June 30, 2021 can now apply for scholarships during Blue River Community Foundation’s (BRCF) summer scholarship cycle.

 

Students applying during this cycle will be considered for both the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship and BRCF General Scholarship opportunities. Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements (listed below) for Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship consideration; however, all students are encouraged to apply for over 100 scholarships awarded annually through BRCF’s General Scholarship Program.

 

The deadline to apply is September 1, 2020.


Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program
Blue River Community Foundation (BRCF) is proud to partner with Lilly Endowment Inc. to select one Shelby County high school senior as a nominee for the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. Independent Colleges of Indiana on behalf of Lilly Endowment Inc. will make final scholarship selections and notify BRCF of their decision by December 7, 2020. BRCF will notify the recipient of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship no later than December 18, 2020. The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is designed to raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and further leverage the ability of Indiana’s community foundations to improve the quality of life of the state’s residents.


The scholarship provides FULL TUITION, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis, leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Minimum requirements that must be met for consideration include:


• Reside in Shelby County
• Graduate by the end of June with a diploma from a regionally accredited Indiana High School
• Intend to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana


• Demonstrate the following:
o Participation in community activities
o Leadership skills in school, community, and/or extracurricular activities
o Commitment to academics and ability to succeed at the next level


• Must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and a minimum 1100 total score on SAT or ACT equivalent
• Financial need may be considered but is not a determining factor

Governor announces modifications to state's Back on Track Plan; most restrictions, capacities stay in place

Governor Eric Holcomb today announced the state will modify the Back On Track Indiana plan through at least July 17.

 

While a few restrictions will lift on July 4 in version 4.5 of the plan, most will stay in place. Elkhart County will remain fully in Stage 4 until at least July 17. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.

 

“While most of our health indicators remain positive, our data indicates a need to be extra cautious, which is why we will pause much of our Back on Track roadmap,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I urge Hoosiers to maintain vigilance in social distancing and wearing masks so we can continue to reopen our state for business.”

 

Gov. Holcomb has used data to drive decisions since the state’s first case of the novel coronavirus in early March and he continues to do so as the state continues a sector-by-sector reset. The state will move to reopen while continuing to monitor and respond to these four guiding principles:

 

  • The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has decreased for 14 days
  • The state retains its surge capacity for critical care beds and ventilators
  • The state retains its ability to test all Hoosiers who are COVID-19 symptomatic as well as health care workers, first responders, and frontline employees
  • Health officials have systems in place to contact all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and expand contact tracing

 

Through at least July 17, the following restrictions will continue:

 

  • Social gatherings following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines will be limited to up to 250 people. This limit applies to wedding receptions, parties, and other events where people are in close physical contact for extended periods of time, particularly indoors.
  • Dining room food service may continue operations at up to 75 percent capacity as long as social distancing is observed. Bar seating in restaurants may continue operations at 50 percent capacity. Bars and nightclubs may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity as long as they adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • Cultural, entertainment and tourism sites may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity.
  • Movie theaters, bowling alleys and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity.
  • Amusement parks, water parks and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity. Reservations are encouraged to limit the number of customers at any one time.
  • Raceways may continue operations open at 50 percent grandstand capacity.

 

Beginning July 4, fairs, festivals and other similar outdoor events may open. Pari-mutuel horse racing and county and state fair racing may begin with 50 percent spectator capacity. Youth overnight camps may open.

 

K-12 school operations may begin the 2020-21 academic year on July 1. Extra-curricular, co-curricular activities may resume July 6.

 

Outdoor visitation is required at assisted living facilities and nursing homes beginning July 4 and indoor visitation may begin. Hospital visitations with precautions are encouraged.

 

Hoosiers 65 and over and those with high-risk health conditions – who are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus – should adhere to social distancing guidelines and remain cautious. Face coverings in public places are highly recommended.

 

Gov. Holcomb and Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, today announced a statewide initiative to encourage Hoosiers to wear masks to limit the spread of COVID-19.

 

The #MaskUpHoosiers initiative is launching with videos and photos of state government leaders, celebrities, and Hoosiers from all walks of life sharing their heartfelt reasons for wearing a mask in public, which is one of the strongest steps possible to limit the spread of COVID-19, saving lives and allowing the state to continue its phased re-opening. Additional photos and videos will be featured as the educational campaign progresses. Visit www.coronavirus.in.gov/maskuphoosiers to learn more.

 

To learn more about the different stages and the associated dates to get a better understanding about where we’re going as a state, click here to see the full plan: BackOnTrack.in.gov

 

The Governor signed an executive order implementing these changes to the Back on Track Indiana roadmap. The Governor also signed an executive order extending the public health emergency through Aug. 3. The executive orders can be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

Gov. Holcomb signs executive order to prevent evictions, foreclosures, utility disconnections

Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed Executive Order 20-33 to extend the prohibition on evictions, foreclosures, and the disconnection of utility services.

 

The prohibition on evictions from rental properties and the prohibition on filing foreclosures are both extended through July 31. Renters, homeowners, lending institutions and landlords are encouraged to establish payment plans to avoid later evictions or foreclosures.

 

Hoosiers struggling to pay rent due to the impact of COVID-19 may be eligible for rental assistance. Applications for the $25 million Indiana COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program will be accepted online beginning at 9 a.m. ET on Monday, July 13 at IndianaHousingNow.org.

 

Utilities regulated by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission must follow the order issued Monday by the commission prohibiting service disconnections through Aug. 14. Under Executive Order 20-33, non-regulated utility companies must also extend service until Aug. 14. Customers and utility companies are encouraged to establish payment plans now to avoid later discontinuations of service.

 

The executive order also extends the temporary licensing of the following health care workers who do not currently hold an active license to practice for an additional 30 days:

 

  • medical professionals who retired or became inactive in the last five years
  • medical professionals who hold licenses in other states
  • certain medical students and graduates

 

These professionals must register with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency via their website at www.in.gov/pla. These professionals will be able to assist in screenings, telemedicine and other basic procedures to allow regularly licensed medical professionals to be on the frontline.

 

Click here to see the executive order: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

Johnson County man shot by police in Pennsylvania

A fugitive from Johnson County was hitching a ride in a semi when it was pulled over on a Pennsylvania interstate on Monday.

 

When the driver got out, but the 48-year-old man from Whiteland, Indiana, got into the driver's seat and drove off.  Police chased the man until the semi got stuck in the grass in Hazelton.

 

The man then fired a gun at police. Police shot back and the man was killed, said the Times of Northwest Indiana.

 

The man, who's name hasn't be released, was wanted for violating his probation, said police.

Indiana's smoking age bumps up to 21 Wednesday

The smoking age in Indiana goes up this week.

 

The minimum age to buy cigarettes and other nicotine products will jump from 18 to 21 on Wednesday. The new rules also ban anyone under 21 from buying e-cigarettes and e-liquids.

 

The new law doubles fines for businesses caught selling to underage smokers.

Update: Attempted murder investigation; Shooting Saturday morning in Hope

Just before 8:30 am Saturday, theBartholomew County Sheriff’s Office and Hope Police Department were dispatched to the 2000 block of Neal Drive in Hope in regards to a reported shooting.  Central Dispatch advised a female, later identified as Linda Venable, 68, of Hope, had been shot by her husband, Thomas Venable, 70, of Hope, in the chest with a small caliber firearm.

 

A short time later, officers arrived on scene where the victim of the shooting was alert and talking with officers and medics and was transported by Lifeline to a University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY. She is reported to be stable at this time, but is going to be admitted to the hospital for her injuries.

 

The suspect, Thomas Venable, was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for jail clearance and later taken to Bartholomew County Jail and booked for the following charges: Attempted Murder, Level I Felony.

 

“This is an unfortunate event that occurred here in a peaceful neighborhood. I’m very proud of our Sheriff’s Office, local law enforcement and all emergency responders for the quick response to this incident,” said Major Chris Lane.

 

Shooting Saturday morning in Hope

The Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office  is investigating a shooting that occurred in Hope Saturday morning. The victim was transported by helicopter to the hospital.

 

Police have a suspect in custody.

 

No further information was given on the victim in a social media post by the sheriff.

 

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers says more information will be released later today.

 

Thunderstorms in the Friday evening forecast

Most of Indiana could see thunderstorms Friday afternoon and Friday night, but the threat of severe weather gets stronger the more north you go.

 

Indianapolis and other parts of central Indiana are under a "marginal" risk of severe weather, which is the lowest level on the National Weather Service's scale. Areas like Lafayette, Kokomo and Fort Wayne under a "slight" chance, which is Level 2 of 5. The far northern part of Indiana, like Valparaiso and South Bend, are in an "enhanced" risk of severe weather, which is Level 3.

 

"Only general thunderstorms are expected for the southern half of the state, and once you go more north, the more severe threat there is," says Michael Skipper, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Northern Indiana.

 

He says that means heavy rain, strong winds, hail, and even a tornado are possible.

 

"We're thinking about, probably, between 6-8 p.m., starting in northwest Indiana," Skipper said.

 

Areas north of U.S. 30 have the strongest chance of severe weather, including Valparaiso, South Bend and Angola.

 

Skipper added that another round of rain and thunderstorms are expected for the entire state on Saturday and into Sunday.

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Saharan dust on the way

Dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa will be impacting the air here in North America in several ways this weekend.

 

WISH-TV Meteorologist Tara Hastings says the U.S. is regularly impacted by clouds of dust from the Sahara once or twice a year. But, she says the cloud of dust that is heading this way this year is a little more intense than in year's past.

 

"We're tracking the Saharan dust that is traveling across the Atlantic," Hastings said. "Right now it's in the Gulf (of Mexico) and we expect it to travel a little further north into this weekend."

Far enough north to reach Indiana where Hastings expects poor air quality and advises anyone with respiratory problems or issues to be advised and plan accordingly.

 

We're going to be seeing a milky looking sky," said Hastings. "It's going to look a little hazy at times. Similar to what you might see when there is a lot of smoke or haze in the atmosphere."

Though that is a negative impact of the dust, Hastings says there are several positives.

 

"One cool thing we are going to be seeing are vibrant sunsets and sunrises," she added. "The dust particles in the atmosphere, they're going to scatter that light and we should be seeing some cool sunrises and sunsets."

 

Hastings also said the dust is a welcome sign for those living on the eastern seaboard and in the Gulf of Mexico. She said the dry air from the dust "inhibits tropical development", meaning the dust stalls the atmosphere's ability to produce thunderstorms, tropical storms, and hurricanes.

 

As long as the dust is in the atmosphere around North America that means there is less of a chance for powerful storms such as these to hit the U.S.

Bagged salad mix recall at Aldi

Aldi is recalling bagged salad mix because it might make people sick.

 

Aldi said its Little Salad Bar Garden Salad could be contaminated with Cyclospora, a parasite that causes nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and fatigue.

 

The salad mix was sold in 12-ounce bags and the bags have Best If Used By Dates of May 1 through June 29.  The salad was distributed throughout the Midwest by Aldi, Hy-Vee, and Jewel-Osco stores.

As of June 22, the salad mix has sickened 122 people in seven states, according to the CDC.

 

If you own any of the recalled salad, you should not eat it. You should throw it away or return it to the store for a refund.

 

 

 

Driver and passenger injured in Sunday Shelby County crash

Two Shelby County people were injured in a Sunday one-car crash.

 

About 9:30 pm Sunday the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department says Maycie Abrams, 20, of Fairland, was driving a 2013 Chevy Malibu northbound on Frontage Road near 600 West.  The driver lost control as the car spun, left the west side of the road and came to rest inverted.

 

Abrams and a passenger, Collette Wright, 20, of Shelbyville, were taken by ground transport for medical treatment.

Storms dot the week's forecast; cooler temps midweek

Off and on showers and thunderstorms will be a part of the weather forecast throughout much of the week.

 

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis says a few strong to severe storms are possible Monday night and Tuesday.

 

“We’ve got some chances for severe storms. They’re really isolated strong to severe storms with damaging winds, heavy rain, and lightning being the main threats from those,” says Crystal Petit, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

 

Petit says cities and towns west of Indianapolis could see some severe weather, but the threat of severe weather is only marginal between 5 pm and midnight.

 

“Tomorrow (Tuesday) we’re looking at low chances for rain, showers, and maybe a few thunderstorms in the afternoon for Tuesday,” says Petit.

 

A cold front will move through with these storms.

 

“That will usher in some cooler, dryer weather. By cooler, I mean highs only in the upper 70s to lower 80s. Another system is coming in Friday,” says Petit.

 

On and off showers and thunderstorms are likely through the weekend. In case the storms become severe in your area, the National Weather Service recommends you know where to take shelter.

Knightstown officer says he'd return to work if town council would "grow up"

Mass resignations have left the Knightstown Police Department with just a handful of officers.

 

Kerry O’Haver is a former KPD reserve officer who resigned after the town council chose a less experienced officer for interim chief, instead of current Chief Chris Newkirk's recommendation.

 

O'Haver told WISH-TV,  "I would gladly come back, in an instant, if the town council would grow up."

 

The department now has just one full time officer, two part timers, three reserve officers, and interim chief Frank Beatrice.

Juneteenth

47 states, including Indiana, and the nation’s capital Washington D.C., observe Juneteenth (June 19) or have it as a state holiday.

 

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that legally declared all slaves were free. But, at that time some slave owners did not agree with the proclamation.

 

More than two years later, on June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger, from the Union Army, rode to Galveston, Texas and announced slavery and the Civil War were over.

 

“I think, you know, commemorations such as Juneteenth are the kind that we continuously need to keep us aware and focused on the idea that freedom is a constant struggle,” said Leslie Etienne, director of Africana Studies at IUPUI, to WISH TV.

 

The Congressional Research Service said Indiana has recognized Juneteenth since 2010. But, that’s not the case in the Dakotas or Hawaii, for those states still do not observe it.

 

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said Juneteenth comes at an important time in the history of Indianapolis and the country.

 

"This year, Juneteenth arrives during a season of protest, one of the largest in the history of American civil rights. This movement has led not only to a greater focus on generations of racism and systemic injustice, but has further highlighted the need for policy change at the local, state, and federal level," says Hogsett.

 

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) plans to hold virtual events starting June 19th. They released the following statement:

 

To provide the Indianapolis community the opportunity to commemorate Juneteenth, the long history of bravery and resilience in the African American community, and to discuss new methods and models of freedom in the current moment. We believe that Juneteenth is not just a historic holiday, but that it is an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate justice-seeking and liberatory practices in our contemporary communities. This is our initial dialogue addressing systemic racism in the United States and Indianapolis, and we are committed to maintaining these conversations in order to address and ultimately erase the long-standing impact of racism and white supremacy on the Black citizens of the United States. Please stay in touch with ASALH for more educational events as well as opportunities to engage in crucial conversations about African and African American history and the goal of transforming our society into a fairer and more just place for all of its citizens.

 

Governor Holcomb issued a proclamation celebrating Juneteenth. He called it an "opportunity to reflect, rejoice, and plan for a brighter future."

 

In an interview with WISH-TV, Susan Hall Dotson, the coordinator of African American History at the Indiana Historical Society, says the history of what has made Juneteenth significant in Indiana should never be forgotten.

 

"Although Indiana was not a slave state, it did have slaves at one time. The emancipation of slaves were for southern states, but Indiana did not fall into line with making African Americans because they weren't even considered Americans at that point. There were laws that disenfranchised black people right here in Indiana," says Dotson.

 

Dotson says the fight against systemic racism is far from over.

 

"Because we're still not free. We're still under siege. We're still taking hits from police brutality and other systemic issues that keep black people from getting ahead and having full rights and privileges in this country," says Dotson.

 

Arson suspect arrested by Franklin Police while driving erratically on US 31

A Johnson County traffic stop resulted in the arrest of an arson suspect.

 

Around 6:30 am Wednesday Franklin Police Department officers responded to a traffic investigation involving a red Dodge Avenger driving erratically on US 31. An officer identified the vehicle in question and conducted a traffic stop. Through the course of the officer’s investigation the driver was determined to be impaired.

 

The suspect was identified as Jake Dougherty, 18, of Needham.  Dougherty was transported to Johnson Memorial Hospital for further examination. During this time officers noticed the odor of gasoline coming from Dougherty. Dougherty also had dark colored soot all over his skin and clothing. Due to recent events involving structural fires in the area, officers contacted the Franklin Police Department Investigations division for further investigation.  During the course of the investigation and interviews, detectives determined there were in fact four structure fires in total that morning, including:

           

Intersection of Campus Lane & Shirk Way Street – Greenwood, around 2:44 am

200 Block of Darrough Drive – Greenwood, around 4:24 am

Cul-de-sac of Wild Turkey Run - Whiteland, around 7:31 am

2000 Block of Byerly Place - Greenwood, 7:59 am

 

The Byerly Place fire proved to not be connected to this investigation.

 

Franklin PD Detectives later responded to Johnson Memorial Hospital and transported Dougherty to the Franklin Police Department to be interviewed.  During the interview detectives developed probable cause to believe that Dougherty was in fact the suspect involved in setting the structure fires to at least three of the four known locations.

  

Dougherty was placed under arrest and remanded over to the Johnson County Sherriff’s Office on counts of:

           

OWI – A Misdemeanor

Possession of Paraphernalia – C Misdemeanor

Possession of Marijuana – B Misdemeanor

Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor under 21 – C Misdemeanor

Arson x 3 – Level 4 Felony

 

This investigation and ensuing arrest were the result of investigation and interviews by the following agencies: The City of Franklin Police Department, The Greenwood Fire Department, The Greenwood Police Department, The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, The Whiteland Fire Department, The Indiana State Fire Marshall’s Office and the ATF.

Columbus man arrested after starting fight with Bartholomew Co. Sheriff in jail administrative area

A Columbus man was subdued and arrested in the Bartholomew County Jail after attempting to harm Sheriff Matthew Myers.

 

About 10:00 am Monday, a man entered the lobby of the Bartholomew County Jail and indicated to front desk staff that he was going to commit serious bodily harm to Sheriff Matthew A. Myers.  The man, identified as Justin C. Eddelman, 32, Columbus, left the front lobby and proceeded upstairs to the administrative area where he met Sheriff Myers and engaged in a physical confrontation with him.  Sheriff Myers was able to subdue the man and placed him in handcuffs. 

 

Eddelman was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for evaluation.

 

Sheriff Myers injured his knee during the altercation. 

 

Upon release from CRH, Eddelman was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges:

 

Intimidation on a police officer

Resisting arrest

Battery on a police officer

Disorderly conduct

Connersville man injured, struck by SUV of pursuing law enforcement

A Connersville man was injured Monday morning when he was struck by a police vehicle as he fled from his vehicle on foot. 

 

The events started around 6 a.m. when a Rush County deputy clocked an eastbound Jeep Cherokee in the 3000 block of east SR 44, in Rush County, at 72 M.P.H. in the 55 M.P.H. zone.

The deputy activated his lights and turned around on the vehicle, but the Jeep Cherokee refused to stop.  The pursuit wound around northbound on numerous county roads and was joined by a second Rush County deputy. The pursuit ended up eastbound into Fayette County onto CR 600 N., which is a gravel road.  Shortly after crossing Fayette County Road 450 W., the Jeep became disabled in the middle of the dusty gravel road.

 

The preliminary investigation shows that the first pursuing deputy was able to swerve at the last second in the heavy dust to avoid hitting the Jeep. The suspect, who exited his vehicle and began to flee north, was in the roadway when the second pursuing deputy came upon the vehicle in the heavy dust and swerved to miss it.  As the deputy’s SUV swerved left to avoid the vehicle he struck the suspect, who was in the roadway. The deputies performed first aid and EMS was summoned to the scene.

 

The suspect, Brandon Van Blair, 34, of Connersville, who was found to have a suspended license, was flown from the scene by medical helicopter to a hospital in Indianapolis with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.  The Indiana State Police were requested by the Rush County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the crash. The crash was investigated by Senior Trooper Doug Snyder, who was assisted by ISP Reconstruction Investigators Master Trooper Michael Bradbury and Master Trooper Coley McCutcheon.

 

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, Fayette County EMS, Connersville Police Department and Bentonville Fire Department.

Man reported to be armed and dangerous sought in Columbus

Columbus Police need help finding a man they say is "armed and dangerous."

 

Philip Brantley, 55, is wanted for battery with a deadly weapon, intimidation, and battery. He was last seen Thursday afternoon in the area of 6691 W. State Road 46, west of ABC Stewart School.

 

Brantley is black, six-foot-three, 275 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo on his right arm. He may appear lost and ask for a cell phone charger, reports WCSI.

 

If you have any information about Brantley's whereabouts, call Columbus Police at 812-376-2600.